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The StuG-Abteilung 242 was created with 3 batteries in Juterborg in November 1942.
From December 6 Stug of the 1. Batterie were transferred in Africa and the rest of the Abteilung on the Ostfront, where at the beginning of 1943 was attached to the 168. Infanterie-Division. Here suffered heavy losses in the Ostrogozsk area. The remains of the unit were transferred in Germany for the reorganisation.

The Ostmedaille Urkunde. 

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In March 1943 was re-equipped and in June transported to Italy in Sardegna. In November 1943 was in the Pisa area and was transported to the Trasimeno lake area and then at the front under the XIV. Panzerkorps.
On 14 February 1944 was improved to StuG-Brigade 242 and received the new StuH42 with 10,5cm howitzer. On the same day under the 15. Panzergrenadier-Division destroyed 17 enemy tanks south of Cassino and captured 3 Sherman tanks with their crews.

5 StuGs of the 3. Batterie fought in Cassino with the 1. FJ-Division, the others StuGs of the unit where in the wood area of the town south-west of the city.
On 15 March 1944 the brigade's command post was heavy bombed by an air attack. The Hauptmann Benz (Unit commander) and his adjutant Leutnant Schletter were killed.
Max Bussjäger take the command of the 242. StuG-Brigade.

At the end of May the unit had only 1 StuG III operative: 13 StuG and 4 StuH were in reparation.

In the summer the unit fought on the adriatic coast and the important battle on the Metauro river (August 1944) under the 278. Infanterie-Division and the 71. Infanterie-Division. Here was Josef wounded for the 3rd time. 

The EKII Urkunde signed by Hoppe. 

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The Metauro River. 

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The VWA in Silber Urkunde signed by Bussjaeger.
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The next month fought in the Rimini area under the 29. Panzergrenadier-Division. At this time loss 6 StuG and had several problems due the lack of vehicles.
In 1945 fought under the I. Fallschirmkoprs in the Imola defense battles. At the end of March had 29 Stug and 14 StuH
After the collapse of the Italian front withdraw till Brunico without Stug, the last one abandoned in Bassano del Grappa, on 2 May 1945 the unit surrendered to the allied forces.

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And this nice photo a StuG destroyed by the Polish. 

 

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And Josef Fuhrerschein! 
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Once again, a nice set of citations and write up. You know how to add weight to the pieces of paper with the research.

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Thanks, Kevin!
This is an intresting unit, unfortunately there are few information about the period June-September 1944. Lots of info can be found on the period in Cassino, related to the 3rd Batterie. 

Stug of the 3. Batterie in Cassino town.
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