- Cobi Small Army WW2 Historical Collection
- 420 pieces
- 1 figure – tank commander
- Bodywork with pad printing
- Completed Dimensions: 6.9” L x 3.3” W x 3.3” H
- Box Dimensions: 15.75” L x 11.9” W x 2.3” H
- Compatible with leading block and brick brands
- Recommended for 6 years and above.
The 15 cm sIG 33 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II (Sf), sometimes referred to as the Sturmpanzer II Bison, was a German assault gun used during World War II.
The 15 cm sIG 33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf B that had participated in the Invasion of France in 1940 had proven to be too heavy for its chassis as well as being enormously tall. The same gun was mated to the Panzerkampfwagen II chassis in an attempt to drastically lower its height while using a stronger chassis. The prototype used a standard Panzer II Ausf. B chassis when it was built in February 1941, but this was too cramped for use.The chassis was lengthened by 60 centimetres (24 in), which required adding a sixth roadwheel, and widened by 32 centimetres (13 in) to better accommodate the gun while preserving its low silhouette. 15-millimetre (0.59 in) plates formed the front and sides of the open-topped fighting compartment, which was also open at the rear. Its sides were notably lower than the front, which made the crew vulnerable to small arms fire and shell fragments. Large hatches were added to the rear deck to better cool the engine.
The 15-centimetre (5.9 in) sIG 33 gun was used to act as close support artillery and infantry support, for which 30 rounds were carried, could traverse a total of 5° left and right and used a Rblf36 sight.
Twelve were built at the end of 1941. In early 1942, they were shipped to North Africa, where they formed schwere Infanteriegeschütz-Kompanien (mot.S.) ("Heavy Self-propelled Infantry Gun Companies") 707 and 708. They were used as close support mobile artillery, with the former assigned to Schützen-Regiment 155 and the latter to Schützen-Regiment 200, both part of the 90. leichte Afrika-Division. Both companies fought until the Axis surrender in Tunisia in May 1943.
This Cobi historically accurate Sturmpanzer II Bison block model comes in the tan color of the Desert Afrika Korps and features an elevating gun, operable storage hatches and operable tracks. The figure of the tank commander comes equipped with a MP40.