By Steven J. Zaloga.
The Soviet SU-76 assault gun was one of the most common sights on the battlefields of the Eastern Front. Only the legendary T-34 was built in greater numbers. The SU-76 made its combat debut at Kirsk, and saw action on nearly all of the major fronts from 1943 to 1945.
Inspired in part by the German Marder tank destroyers, Soviet designers had realised that the obsolete T-70 light tank chassis could take as much bigger gun if it used a fixed case-mate rather than a turret. The resulting SU-76 was deployed primarily as an infantry direct-support weapon, becoming effectively the infantry tank of the Red Army, much as the Stug III was for the German infantry.
Written by an expert on Soviet armour, this fascinating study uncovers the little-known history of one of the Soviet Unions most important armoured vehicles of World War II.