Begleit Assault Platoon (Late War)
The 189. Sturmgeshütz-abteilung was the first StuG assault gun unit to receive dedicated Begleit, or escort, troops. These tank riders were first assigned to the batterie for the Battle of Kursk, armed with rifles and submachine-guns. In the summer of 1944 the new Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle began making appearances among the troops. The Begleit soldiers’ job was to protect the vulnerable assault guns from infantry assaults. They would sweep enemy positions, clearing anti-tank positions or scouting ahead of their gun. When a threat was spotted, they would deal with it swiftly, allowing the assault gun to focus on mnore serious threats. This deadly combination proved successful and escort troops become common amongst the other assault gun units.
The blister includes*:
• 3 x Begleit Teams
• 1 x Command Team
• 12 x Begleit Tank Riders
* StuG G Assault Guns not included