The StuG IV is the first prize for the Personal Mission campaign. Now, in case you've just received this little pest, congrats! As it's a special vehicle, it's best suited for training crews, especially for the StuG III Ausf. G or the Jagdpanzer IV.
Find out below how to get the most out of your new tank!
Let's start off with something that the StuG is not famed for, its armour layout. Based on the Pz.Kpfw. IV chassis, it will barely protect you from lower-tier vehicles. It comes with a pair of side skirts, which reduce the chance of getting penetrated by HE and HEAT shells. The gun mantlet is a bit tougher, but you shouldn't count on that either. The best method to protect yourself is not getting hit in the first place. How? Simple, don't get spotted!
The StuG relies fully on its camouflage value, which is why we strongly advise you to improve this parameter with the respective crew skills, equipment, and even camouflage paint if you wish to add it as well. The mobility is alright, however, we advise you to plan in advance where you'd like to go. If you think you're needed elsewhere, plan ahead a little since it might take a minute to switch flanks.
The 7,5 cm Stu.K. 40 L/48 is similar to the Pz.Kpfw. IV's and Pz.Kpfw. III/IV's gun, but way better in pretty much any parameter. The penetration power is rather mediocre and you'll need to aim at weak spots if you want to damage heavy tanks. Luckily, the accuracy is good enough for you to stay far away with a very low chance of being spotted yourself.
This set of equipment increases both the potential damage per minute and the camouflage value. With the Binocular Telescope, you can spot enemy vehicles much, much earlier. Better view range combined with great camouflage value means that you can pick apart your opponents while they don't even see where it's coming from.
Of course, as the StuG IV entirely relies on stealth to protect itself, the Camouflage skill should be the first to go for. If your crew is already quite experienced, Brothers in Arms will improve many important combat characteristics of this tank, similar to an Improved Ventilation.