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Soviet Self Propelled Guns - SU Series

Discussion in 'Russian Heavy Artillary' started by Spitfire XIV-E, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. Spitfire XIV-E

    Spitfire XIV-E New Member

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    The Russians were slow to realise the need for Self Propelled Mobile Artillery & Assault Guns. During Operation Uranus, the Russian Counter Attack at Stalingrad in November 1942 which sealed the German 6th Army's fate, they relied heavily on Engineers & Sappers to clear paths through German fortifications. This was costly as it left the soldiers exposed. So using the T-34 & KV-1 Tank Chassies they developed a series of Mobile Assault Guns and Tank Destroyers which proved they could match the Germans in just about every category, taking on the mighty Tiger & Panther Tanks at Kursk in July 1943 and going on to Spearhead many Russian operations there after.



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    Top to Bottom. SU 76, SU 85, SU 100, SU 122 & SU 152. The SU 100 was considered the best Mobile Assault Gun of WW2 being able to take on any German Tank from a Range of 2000 metres with great accuracy. The shells from it's 100mm Gun able to punch through 125mm of Armour.
     
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    The other purpose for these weapons was to destroy German Strong Points, such as Pill Boxes, Entrenched Positions & Fortified Buildings. The larger SU 122 & SU 152 were to prove more than adequate for this task and the fierce fighting in Berlin in Late April & Early May 1945 at the War's end saw these vehicles come in to their own as they battered German defenses in & around the city.
     
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    Some rare old beasts there, excellent.
    I have to confess I have just had to look up the difference between this type of vehicle and a tank. Apparently they are lightly armoured in comparison, offering protection only from shrapnel to their crews...
     

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