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Photograph of KV-5 prototype “Победа” shortly before it tipped over and exploded during pre-production trials, 1943. After the German seizure of Leningrad and subsequent two-pronged advance toward Moscow, Soviet industry went into overdrive, creating increasingly bizarre stopgaps as supplies of raw materials began to dry up.

The KV-5 was one of these. Intended to be a mobile artillery battery, it instead proved to be a massive failure. The first prototype, shown here, fell over during maneuver testing. Poor design of the ammunition storage racks caused the vehicle to explode, killing the crew as well as the photographer.

The second KV-5, “Родина” survived maneuver testing, but the recoil of the upper main guns broke the turret in half during weapons testing. By that time, 50 KV-5s had already been produced. Most saw success, laid on their sides, as roadblocks during the 1945 Battle of Moscow.


Soviet KV-2 of the 2nd Armored Division of the 3rd Mechanized Corps of the 11th Army of the North-Western front was stuck in a creek (Zieduplis?) and captured by German troops. Most likely this tank was lost in the vicinity of the city of Sheth in Lithuania. Note the howitzer barrel stuck in maximum recoil, possibly sabotaged by crew, and shots of various calibres received from MT-1 model tower . Eastern Front, in June 1941.


well, a bit late, but I guess you will like this one. Distilled from Primary Sources ;)


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. 


KV-9 with the gun at maximum elevation. February 1942
Turret turned back
Turret turned to the left
Damage armor-piercing projectile after shooting them with the turret of the KV-1
U-22, the attempt to install U-11 to the Turret T-34
Developed at factory No. 183 project “howitzer” T-34
One of the last “lifetime” of photos of KV-9, spring 1943

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