88 mm

mr-fujita  asked:

Hi there, Thanks for the nice blog you have. I would like to ask you if you know this story I heard about. Some details might be wrong but I heard about a single KV-2 holding a village from an entire Panzer Division, as the Germans din't know that Tank. Regards.

yeah it happened at the Battle of Raseiniai 

here’s what it says on wikipedia:

“A KV-1 or KV-2 tank (accounts vary) advanced far behind the German lines after attacking a column of German trucks. The tank stopped on a road across soft ground and was engaged by four 50 mm anti-tank guns of the 6th Panzer Division’s anti-tank battalion. The tank was hit multiple times by these guns but fired back, disabling all four guns. A heavy 88 mm gun of the division’s anti-aircraft battalion was moved about 730 metres (800 yd) behind the tank but was knocked out by the tank before it could score a hit. During the night, German combat engineers attempted to destroy the tank with satchel charges, but were unable to, despite possibly damaging the tracks. Early on the morning of 25 June, German tanks fired on the KV from the woodland while an 88 mm targeted the tank from its rear. Of several shots fired, only two penetrated the tank. German infantry then advanced, with the KV opening machine-gun fire against them. The tank’s resistance was finally ended by grenades thrown into the tank’s hatches. According to some accounts, the crew was buried by the German soldiers with full military honors; in other accounts, the crew escaped during the night. General Erhard Raus was Commander of the 6th Panzer Division’s Kampfgruppe, the unit delayed by the lone vehicle. He described it as a KV-1, which was damaged by several 88 anti-tank gun shots fired from behind the vehicle while it was distracted by Panzer 35(t) tanks from Panzer Battalion 65, and the KV-1 crew were killed by pioneer engineer unit who pushed grenades through two holes made by the gun while the turret began moving again, the other five or six shots having not fully penetrated. Apparently, the KV-1 crew had remarkably only been stunned by the shots which had entered the turret. Afterwards, they were buried nearby with military honors by the German unit.” 

so basically


Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor Part 3

1) M60A1 RISE. American MBT that succeeded the M48 Patton. With the deactivation of the Army’s last M103 in 1963, the M60 became the US Army’s primary tank. The M60 underwent many updates over its service life, the interior layout providing ample room for updates, extending the vehicle’s service life for over four decades. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today. 

The RISE (Reliability Improvements for Selected Equipment) upgrade featured improvements to almost all the basic systems including an upgraded engine design that allowed easier access to components to allow removing the engine pack in less time and a new track type. In  the 1980s, USMC M60A1 RISEs received ERA armor.

2 & 3) M60A2. The M60A2 was intended as a stop-gap solution until the projected replacement by the MBT-70. The M60A2, nicknamed “Starship,” due to its “Space Age” technology, featured an entirely new low-profile turret with a commander’s machine-gun cupola on top, giving the commander a good view and field of fire while under armor but spoiling the low profile. It featured a 152 mm main gun similar to that of the M551 Sheridan, which fired conventional rounds as well as the MGM-51 Shillelagh anti-tank missile system.

4 to 6) T29 Heavy Tank. American WWII developmental heavy tank that started in March 1944 to counter the appearance of the Tiger II at Normandy.  The T29 was based upon a lengthened version of the T26E3 chassis and featured heavier armor, a bigger engine and a massive new turret incorporating a high velocity 105 mm gun. Its maximum armor thickness was 279 mm, compared to 180 mm on the Tiger II while its 105 mm gun was longer than the Tiger IIs 88 mm. The T29 also featured a coincidence rangefinder projecting from both sides of the turret, distinctively resembling “ears.”

7 to 10) XM800T ARSV. American experimental scout vehicle developed by the US Army in the 1970s. It was part of a series of armored vehicles being designed by the Army to replace the M113, witha  vehicle with greatly improved fighting capabilities. While the MICV-65 program focused on troop carriers, a separate requirement for a scout vehicle led to the XM800. None of the vehicles from the MICV-65 project entered production, although they provided valuable experience that was used in the M2 Bradley. The XM800T was armed with 20 mm autocannon, as well as a M60-derived machine gun on a pintle mount.


The results of firing the us 75-mm tank gun M3
Armor German heavy tank turned out to be not too tough f-34, the main Soviet tank gun
85-mm anti-aircraft gun 52-K showed the best data penetration among medium-calibre weapons. Not surprisingly, it identified the priority for the armament of heavy tanks and medium SAU
“Tiger” after firing the cannon A-19
The same tank from the front
KV-1 after fire from 88-mm cannon KwK 36 L/56
T-34 after firing the “tiger” cannon looked even more heartbreaking
Accounting of captured tanks, the end of 1944 – beginning 1945

The Binghamton shootings took place on Friday, April 3, 2009, at the American Civic Association immigration center in Binghamton (a center that provides citizenship, cultural, and language assistance to the local immigrant community.) At approximately 10:30 a.m. EDT, a naturalized immigrant Jiverly Antares Wong entered the facility and shot numerous people inside.

Fourteen people were ultimately confirmed dead, including the shooter, and four were wounded in the incident. The injured people, aged from twenty to mid-fifties, were treated for gunshot wounds at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City and Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton.

At about 10:30 a.m. EDT, Wong barricaded the rear door of the Binghamton American Civic Association building with a vehicle registered in his father’s name. He was described as wearing a bullet-proof vest, a bright green nylon jacket, and dark-rimmed glasses.

Wong then entered through the front door firing a number of bullets at those in his path. At 10:30 a.m. Broome County Communications received several 911 calls, and the first police were dispatched to the scene. Two of the Civic Association’s receptionists were among the first victims. While one of the receptionists was reported to have been shot through the head and killed, the second, shot in the stomach, feigned death and, when the gunman moved on, took cover under a desk and called 911. The receptionist’s call was taken by 911 staff at 10:38 a.m. The wounded receptionist, 61-year-old Shirley DeLucia, remained on the line, despite her gunshot wound, for 39 minutes and relayed information until she was rescued. She later recounted that the gunman had simply opened fire, without saying anything.

The area where the violence was then focused was a classroom, just off the main reception areas, where an ESL class was being given to students. Everyone who was in that classroom suffered a gunshot wound. Wong entered and began executing victims, taking some hostage. Police arrived within minutes of the 911 calls; it was later revealed, that when Wong heard the sirens, he took his own life by turning one of his guns against himself. In all, Wong fired 99 rounds; 88 from a 9 mm Beretta and 11 from a .45-caliber Beretta.

SWAT members entered the Civic Center building and began clearing it at 11:13 a.m.—43 minutes after the first call to the police at 10:30 a.m., and 40 minutes after patrol officers first arrived on the scene at 10:33 a.m. At the time of their entry it had not yet been confirmed that Wong had committed suicide, and they proceeded with caution. At approximately 12:00 noon, ten people left the building, with another ten following approximately forty minutes later.

Some of the hostages had escaped to a basement, while over a dozen remained hidden in a closet. Thanh Huynh, a high school teacher of Vietnamese background, was asked to translate so the Vietnamese survivors could be interviewed by the police.

Wong was found dead, in a first floor office of the building, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A number of items were found on Wong’s body, including: a hunting knife, in the waistband of his pants; a bag of ammunition, which was tied around his neck; and two semi-automatic pistols (a .45-caliber Beretta and a 9mm Beretta, matching the serial numbers on his New York State pistol license). Also found at the scene were a number of unspent magazines, at least one empty magazine with a 30 round capacity and a firearm laser sight.

By 2:33 p.m., SWAT had completed the clearing of the building and all those inside had been evacuated.


  • Parveen Ali, age 26, a migrant from northern Pakistan
  • Almir Olimpio Alves, age 43, a Brazilian Ph.D. in Mathematics and visiting scholar at SUNY Binghamton, attending English classes at the Civic Association
  • Marc Henry Bernard, age 44, a migrant from Haiti
  • Maria Sonia Bernard, age 46, a migrant from Haiti
  • Li Guo, age 47, a visiting scholar from China
  • Lan Ho, age 39, a migrant from Vietnam
  • Layla Khalil, age 53, an Iraqi mother of three children
  • Roberta King, age 72, an English language teacher who was substituting for a vacationing teacher
  • Jiang Ling, age 22, a migrant from China
  • Hong Xiu “Amy” Mao Marsland, age 35, a nail technician who migrated from China in 2006
  • Dolores Yigal, age 53, a recent immigrant from the Philippines
  • Hai Hong Zhong, age 54, a migrant from China
  • Maria Zobniw, age 60, a part-time caseworker at the Civic Association, originally from Ukraine


  • Shirley DeLucia, age 61, the critically-wounded Civic Association receptionist who feigned death and then contacted police
  • Long Huynh, age 42, a Vietnamese immigrant whose wife, Lan Ho, was killed. Huynh attempted to shield her with his body, but a bullet that first shattered Huynh’s elbow, ricocheted, striking his wife, and killed her. In addition to his elbow, one of Huynh’s fingers was shot off, a bullet hit his chest, and another bullet entered his chin and exited through his cheek.

Camouflage Panzerkampfwagen X, Germany ‘44
In 1944, the magazine “Signal” was published drawings of these tanks, in order to misinform the allies about the German capabilities in terms of tank and to once again give the population confidence in the victory.
In fact, in 1944, German industry was unable to produce such modern even for the twenty-first century tanks.
Based on the designs and drawings of tanks, we can conclude that Panzerkampfwagen X was to be wider than the Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus and arm or 88 mm gun, or 128-mm cannon.
It should also be noted that these tanks for its time was very modern and had a number of innovations applied now.
Those are only the screens and rounded frontal armor.


The Legendary 88 mm gun (eighty-eight) is a German anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery gun from World War II. They were widely used throughout the war, and could be found on almost every battlefield. Developments of the original models led to a wide variety of guns.

The name applies to a series of anti-aircraft guns officially called the 8,8 cm FlaK 18, 36 or 37. FlaK is a German contraction of either Fl(ugzeug)a(bwehr)-K(anone) or Fl(ug)a(bwehr)-K(anone) (hence the capital K, nowadays one word) meaning anti-aircraft gun, the original purpose of the eighty-eight. In informal German use, the guns were universally known as the Acht-acht (8-8), a contraction of Acht-komma-acht Zentimeter (German: “8,8 cm” - comma being used as the decimal separator in German). 


Built in 1944, the IS-2 (IS-122) heavy tank was a modification of the IS-1. It featured a simple cast glacis plate. The heavy tank was designed with thick armour to counter the German 88 mm guns, and carried a main gun that was capable of defeating the German Tiger and Panther tanks. It was mainly a breakthrough tank, firing a heavy high-explosive shell that was useful against entrenchments and bunkers. Elite Soviet Guards heavy tank regiments used the IS-2 extensively in the assaults on the fortress cities of Budapest, Breslau, and Berlin. These vehicles featured thick white stripes for quick identification by other Soviet tank crews. 

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The 8.8 cm Flak 18/36/37/41 (commonly called the eighty-eight) was a German 88 mm anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery gun from World War II. It was widely used by Germany throughout the war, and was one of the most recognized German weapons of that conflict. Development of the original model led to a wide variety of guns.

The name applies to a series of related guns, the first one officially called the 8.8 cm Flak 18, the improved 8.8 cm Flak 36, and later the 8.8 cm Flak 37. Flak is a contraction of German Flugzeugabwehrkanone meaning “aircraft-defense cannon”, the original purpose of the eighty-eight. In English, “flak” became a generic term for ground anti-aircraft fire. In informal German use, the guns were universally known as the Acht-acht (“eight-eight”).

The versatile carriage allowed the eighty-eight to be fired in a limited anti-tank mode when still on its wheels; it could be completely emplaced in only two-and-a-half minutes. Its successful use as an improvised anti-tank gun led to the development of a tank gun based upon it: the 8.8 cm KwK 36, with the “KwK” abbreviation standing for Kampfwagen-Kanone (literally “battle vehicle cannon”, or “main battle tank cannon”), meant to be placed in a gun turret as the tank’s primary armament. This gun served as the main armament of the Tiger I heavy tank.

From wikipedia 


Three enormous flak towers guarded a German Marine base near Angers, France. Each tower would have been armed with several large caliber and small caliber anti-aircraft guns, including the much feared 88 mm Flak gun. The towers were destroyed by Allied air attacks as General Patton’s 3rd Army advanced East.