No Sturmgeschütz units were available for the Polish Campaign.
The first 24 StuG III Ausf A’s produced equipped Sturmartillerie Batteries 640, 659, 660 and 665.Each battery had six assault guns in three platoons (with two assault guns each K.St.N.445).Due to production delays, Sturmartillerie Batterie 640 received four Sd.Kfz. 251s instead of the Sd.Kfz. 253s.For the same reason Sturmartillerie Batterie 660 received “turretless” Pz.Kpfw. I munitions carriers instead of their allotted Sd.Kfz. 252s.
Sturmartillerie Batterie 640 became organic to Infantry Regiment Grossdeutschland and was renamed the 16. Sturmbatterie/Infantrie Regiment “Grossdeutschland”
Six assault guns were issued to SS-Sturmartillerie battery of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler division.
Two more batteries were formed - 666th and 667th but didn't see combat in France.
The Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 184, 190 & 191 and the 16. Sturmbatterie /Infantrie Regiment “Grossdeutschland” were employed in the campaign in Greece and Yugoslavia.
Each Abteilung consisted of three Batterie of six Sturmgeschütz each; for a total of 18.
5.Panzerjägerkompanie/Sonderverband z.b.V 288
Three Ausf D vehicles were sent to North Africa and saw service with Sonderverband z.b.V 288 - special deployment unit.
Sonderverband 288 was raised on July 1st, 1941 at Potsdam (near Berlin). It was composed of units from all over Germany. It originally contained crack units from all branches of the German army: anti-tank men, Alpine troops, engineers, and eventually 3 of the new StuG.III Ausf D assault guns. There was also a company of Brandenburgers, trained for special operations behind enemy lines.
These units were intended to prepare the way for the DAK as it flowed across the Nile and into the Middle East and on to India. Their most important component was a group of interpreters with their own printing presses. These men knew all the languages that would be needed, from Arabic and Persian dialects to Hindi, Urdi and Sanskrit. A group of forgers and engravers with printing presses for counterfeiting foreign currency were part of the unit.There was also a specialized group who had been trained to seize and rebuild the oil fields of the region.
When it became obvious that Rommel's rush to the Nile was not going as planned, the 288th minus its interpreters and technicians was sent to Africa as special reinforcements.
During the Gazala Line battles the 288th saw action supporting the Italian Ariete against the Free French forces defending Bir Hacheim at the southern tip of the British defenses.
They also participated in the El Alamein battles, where the last of their StuG.III’s were left behind for the British.
A StuG III D of z.v.B 288
A StuG III D of z.v.B 288
Sturmgeschütz-Batterie 90 of the 10.Panzer Division
Four Sturmgeschütz, Ausf. F/8 were landed in Tunisia in November 1942