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Marder, 5th SS "Wiking", Caucasus 1942

Marder, 5th SS "Wiking", Caucasus 1942

7,5 cm Pak 40/1 auf LS(f)

7,5 cm Pak 40/1 auf LS(f)

If the Germans were unpleasantly surprised by the KV-1 and the T-34A, they were not particularly pleased to meet the KV-2 either. This was a Soviet take on the "breakthrough tank" concept, designed to supply infantry support and bunker-busting against fixed fortifications. It was slow (some 16 kmph on road, slower off-road) and had a very high profile but, on the other hand, packed a 152mm gun-howitzer with bunker-busting in mind. This could be turned very effectively to anti-tank use.

If the Germans were unpleasantly surprised by the KV-1 and the T-34A, they were not particularly pleased to meet the KV-2 either. This was a Soviet take on the "breakthrough tank" concept, designed to supply infantry support and bunker-busting against fixed fortifications. It was slow (some 16 kmph on road, slower off-road) and had a very high profile but, on the other hand, packed a 152mm gun-howitzer with bunker-busting in mind. This could be turned very effectively to anti-tank use.

SPG Marder II with captured Soviet gun  http://albumwar2.com/spg-marder-ii-with-captured-soviet-gun/

SPG Marder II with captured Soviet gun http://albumwar2.com/spg-marder-ii-with-captured-soviet-gun/

7,5 cm Pa.K. 40/2 auf Fahrgestell Pz.Kpfw. II (Sf.) „Marder II“ (Sd.Kfz. 131)

7,5 cm Pa.K. 40/2 auf Fahrgestell Pz.Kpfw. II (Sf.) „Marder II“ (Sd.Kfz. 131)

STB-1 - Japanese cold war medium tank prototype

STB-1 - Japanese cold war medium tank prototype

JGSDF Type90 MBT

JGSDF Type90 MBT

A single Tiger 1 cost the same number of skilled man hours to produce as two Panther tanks or three Messerschmit 109 fighters, and at 57 English tonnes overall weight it required 2.75 gallons of gasoline to drive one mile.   Tiger tanks were frequently destroyed in combat by the use of heavy artillery to pentrate the thin upper deck and turret top, or the tanks had to be ambushed and shot in the sides or rear at very close range. All 1,355 Tigers were built, within two years (1942 to 1944).

A single Tiger 1 cost the same number of skilled man hours to produce as two Panther tanks or three Messerschmit 109 fighters, and at 57 English tonnes overall weight it required 2.75 gallons of gasoline to drive one mile. Tiger tanks were frequently destroyed in combat by the use of heavy artillery to pentrate the thin upper deck and turret top, or the tanks had to be ambushed and shot in the sides or rear at very close range. All 1,355 Tigers were built, within two years (1942 to 1944).

Tiger I in front of the Altare della Patria in Rome, 1944

Tiger I in front of the Altare della Patria in Rome, 1944

German tanks get stuck during the operation “Barbarosa” (1941)

German tanks get stuck during the operation “Barbarosa” (1941)