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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


Musee des Blindés Part 9

1 & 2) KV-1. Soviet heavy tank of WWII. The KV series were known for their heavy armour protection during the early part of the war, especially during the first year of Operation Barbarossa. German tanks at that time were rarely used in KV encounters as their armament was too poor to deal with their armor. This example is displayed in the Museum as if it has been knocked out. Note the missing track.

KV-1. Tanque pesado sovietico de la SGM. La serie KV fue conocida por su grueso blindaje durante el principio de la guerra, especialmente durante el primer año de la Operación Barbarroja. Los tanques alemanes eran rara vez usados en encuentros con KV, pues su armamento era muy débil para lidiar con su blindaje. Este ejemplo es mostrado en el museo como su hubiera sido noqueado. Notece la oruga perdida.  

3 to 5) Type 59. Misidentified by the museum as a T-54A, though they aren’t necessarily wrong, as the Type 59 was nothing more than a Chinese copy of the T-54A. The Type 59 formed the backbone of the PLA until the early 2000s, with at least 5,000 Type 59s in service in 2002. This example was captured in Iraq during Desert Storm.

Typo 59. Mal identificado por el museo como un T-54A, aunque no están necesariamente equivocados, pues el Tipo 59 no es mas que una copia china del T-54A. El Tipo 54 formó el núcleo del ejercito chino (PLA) hasta principios de los 2000, con al menos 5,000 Tipos 59 en servicio en 2002. Este ejemplo fue capturado en Irak durante Tormenta del Desierto. 

6 to 8) Carro Armato M15/42. The last Italian medium tank produced during WWII. It was based on the earlier designs and was built with the lessons from the North African campaign in mind. The tank was meant to be a stopgap until the heavier P26/40 tank could be produced in numbers. It did not serve in North Africa but served in Italy and in Yugoslavia with the Wehrmacht.

Carro Armato M15/42. El ultimo tanque medio italiano producido durante la SGM. Basado en los modelos anteriores y construido con las lecciones del Norte de Africa en mente. El tanque fue diseñado para ser un modelo provisional hasta que el P26/40 mas pesado pudiera ser producido en numerous. No sirvió en Africa del Norte pero sirvió en Yugoslavia con la Wehrmacht. 

9 & 10) Semovante da 75/18. Italian SPG of WWII. It was built by mounting the 75 mm Obice da 75/18 mountain gun on the chassis of a M13/40, M14/41 or M15/42 tank. The Semovente da 75/18 was intended to be an interim vehicle until the heavier P40 could be available.

Semovante da 75/18. Cañón autopropulsado italiano de la SGM. Se construyó montando el cañón de montaña 75 mm Obice da 75/18 en el chasis de un tanque M13/40, M14/41 o M15/42. El Semovante da 75/18 fue destinado para ser un vehículo provisional hasta que el P40 mas pesado estuviera disponible.

Submitted by cavalier-renegade, spanish translation by yours truly. 


The crew of the assault gun StuG III Ausf. E examines the damage to his car. 192 division assault guns, summer 1941.

Colon assault weapons 192nd division. Eastern front, summer 1941.

Assault gun StuG III Ausf. A composition of motorized SS brigade “Leibstandarte SS "Adolf Hitler” is approaching it wrecked Soviet tank T-34. Army group “South”, June 1941.

According to others: SPG StuG III 1-St battery of the brigade assault guns of the SS division “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler” and black burning a Soviet tank T-34 on the road at the village of Novospassky. In the background on the left, soldiers carry a wounded SS-untersturmführer Martin Bergemann of the 1st Panzer division LSSAH reconnaissance after an unsuccessful attempt to undermine Soviet tank with mine. Died of wounds the same day.
T-34 tank was shot assault gun Stug III from a distance of 25 meters.

StuG III Ausf. C of the part of the 243-year battery assault guns. The Eastern front, 1941. In the background is lined with Soviet heavy tank KV-1.

The crew perekryvaet after the fight. 190 th division assault guns, 1941.

The first trophy — StuG III Ausf. B from structure
battery assault guns 900th motorized brigade captured in full health by the Soviet troops.
Western front, July 1941

The red “master” trophy assault gun StuG III Ausf. B captured on the outskirts of Kiev, August 1941. Judging by the logo — this car was part of the 197 th battalion of assault guns

Honestly just had the best arcade tank match ever, me @manifoldwhale and my boy hadanta clutched the game at the end. 

Came down to a 3v3 at the end and Hadanta nuked a KV-1′s gunner and finished him off while I bounced a T-34 in the ZiS-2 LVT. 

Absolutely astounding.