Assault Gun Sturm ”Aili”

The story of this Assault Gun began in Finland on August 19, 1943 during World War II. In the Continuation War in the summer of 1944, the armoured fighting vehicle belonged to the 2nd company of the Assault Gun Battalion of the Armored Division. In counter-attacks in Tali-Ihantala and Vuosalmi, "Aili" destroyed five enemy tanks. The Assault Gun served as the command wagon of the commander of the 2nd company in the late summer of 1944.

The vehicle has been in Hamina since 1965 and it served in various training and readiness tasks of local units. "Aili" was moved to its current location at the Garrison Gate on April 9, 1998. The Assault Gun does not have a rotating turret. The cannon's alignment was narrow (16 degrees) and rough alignment was done by turning the carriage. 

Traditionally, carriages had a woman's name. This wagon was named "Aili".


  • Wight 23.3 tn
  • Max speed 50 km/h
  • Armour 10-83 mm
  • Crew leader, driver, gunner, loader
  • Gun 75 mm
  • Machine-gun 1 
  • Submachine-gun 2 
Hamina Fortress

In Hamina's symmetrical fortress model, the circle was geometrically divided by squares in such a way that an octagonal polygon was created.

There are only two such star-shaped fortresses, inside which there is a town in the shape of a circle, left in Europe: Hamina and Palmanova.

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