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KV-2 in 1943?

Discussion in 'Tank Warfare of World War 2' started by Pv777, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. Pv777

    Pv777 New Member

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    I heard from someone, don´t remember how, when or where, that the KV-2 was still used in the Battle of Kursk as an effective Tiger hunter. Now, as I don´t remember where I got this from, it could just be a fabrication of my mind.
    I decided to ask, because I couldn´t find anything about this, or the KV line in general, it´s a very sparsely documented line of tanks.
    Now I myself find this unlikely, as the KV-2 was so unreliable and slow that I don´t think it would have done well at "hunting tigers". Sure the gun was good but at the open fields of Ukraine it would have been widely out ranged.
    I´m also fairly sure that I didn´t just mistake the translation of Jagtiger or "Hunter Tiger" as the term for hunting tigers.
    So please, if some of you can find any case or citation of a KV-2 surviving and being used later than 41, please let me know. (Stalingrad counts too)
     
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    Hello Pv, and welcome to the Forums! After looking at the Tank Encyclopedia, I couldn't find anything that said the KV-2 saw extensive service past 1942. The Russians though used whatever they had, no matter how old or unreliable, which leads me to believe KV-2's probably saw combat beyond 1942, just not in a major role. I have not heard the KV-2 being given the nickname "Tiger hunter", which I've heard with the IS and SU-152 tanks, but not the KV-2.
     
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    Yea, I think at that time it would have been used as some sort of artillery role or something behind the front lines.
     
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    When we were putting together the KDB we fo justjnd at least a couple of KV-2 with some of the heavy tank regiment. I'm on holiday now but will check the sources when I return.
     

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