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Withstood 18 hits: Resistant tank of the Red Army

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Withstood 18 hits: Resistant tank of the Red Army

Often in various literature one can find the opinion that the "Tigers" and "Panthers" of the Wehrmacht were among the best tanks times of the Second World War.


Allegedly, not a single armored vehicle of those times could resist the 75 and 88 mm guns of the latter. That is why the USSR and the allies had such heavy losses in armored vehicles.

However, despite the fact that the "Panthers" and "Tigers" were really formidable weapons, there were also "strong men" who could withstand their attack. In particular, the British Matilda II and our heavy IS-2.

Let's stop on the Soviet tank. The armor protection of our vehicle, which was reinforced after the not-so-successful debut of the IS-1, was really impressive.

The thickness of the lower frontal part of the tank was 100 mm, the upper - 60 mm, but at an incredible angle of inclination of 72 degrees. The forehead under the tower, which was often called the "step", had a thickness of 120 mm, and the tower itself - 100 mm.

The weight of the IS-2 was 46 tons. At the same time, he could accelerate on the highway up to 37 km / h and had a cruising range of up to 240 km or 160 km over rough terrain.

Regarding the durability of the tank, it was also impressive. So, there was a case when as many as 2 marks from large-caliber shells were found on one of the wrecked IS-18s.

By the way, the heavy tank of the Red Army could boast not only armor. The 25 mm D-122T gun also became a huge problem for German armored vehicles.

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  2. Andrey NM
    Andrey NM 18 November 2022 06: 30
    +2
    As far as I remember, according to the results of tests at the training ground in 1944, the frontal armor of the IS-2 of the first modifications made its way from the "tiger" gun from a distance of 400-600 meters, and the IS-2 with a straight nose did not break through even at close range. The only thing is not very clear what "point blank" is, i.e. no minimum distance was specified. And why is the distance indicated in the report with such a spread (400-600 meters). Apparently, during shelling at this interval, not every shell pierced the forehead.
  3. Mordvin 3
    Mordvin 3 18 November 2022 06: 37
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    Heh, author. And my grandfather fought on the BT-7. Nemchura soaked the battalion once or twice.
    1. nepunamemuk
      nepunamemuk 18 November 2022 07: 52
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      so consider and did not fight
      did not have time (
      adding a comment
      close
      Sorry, I'm not smart enough to write a normal comment.
      OK
      1. Mordvin 3
        Mordvin 3 18 November 2022 08: 17
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        Quote from: nepunamemuk
        so consider and did not fight

        Well, how did he not fight? The battalion was smashed, the lieutenant in half, he was given a draped turret ....
    2. mat-vey
      mat-vey 18 November 2022 10: 15
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      Quote: Mordvin 3
      And my grandfather fought on the BT-7.

      And I have too ... In the 1st Guards (4th tank). In the 2nd tank battalion. Near Volokalamsk, the medal "For Courage" for a wrecked German tank .. And he reached Rzhev - they were wounded there and after the hospital already another tank...
      1. Mordvin 3
        Mordvin 3 18 November 2022 10: 42
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        And mine was captured. Then a penalty box.
        1. mat-vey
          mat-vey 18 November 2022 10: 48
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          Quote: Mordvin 3
          And mine was captured. Then a penalty box.

          But did you return home?

          Burned? Mine was on fire - on Kursk ... I remember his back .. Actually, after that, I drove Rybalko, then another wound and wrote off the tankers ... So I didn’t find the ISs ...
          1. Mordvin 3
            Mordvin 3 18 November 2022 10: 57
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            Quote: mat-vey
            But did you return home?

            Moreover, his bloody NKVD shoved him into the mine ... Where he worked for 25 years. And he retired at 50.
            1. mat-vey
              mat-vey 18 November 2022 13: 10
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              Quote: Mordvin 3
              Moreover, his bloody NKVD put

              And I myself "climbed" ... maybe they somehow telepathically influenced ... the NKVD is like that ..
              Grandfather's military photos all remained in Kazakhstan ..
              1. Mordvin 3
                Mordvin 3 18 November 2022 13: 18
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                I'm serious. We, in Stalinogorsk, had two points of the NKVD. The Nazis were sent to Moscow by stage, and people like my grandfather were assigned to work. So my grandfather was sent to the mine.
                1. mat-vey
                  mat-vey 18 November 2022 13: 33
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                  Quote: Mordvin 3
                  I'm serious.

                  No offense ... But I worked in the mine .... During the war, they say they categorically did not let go from the mine to the front ... Yes, and it’s not known where it was scarier and more dangerous ... whole shifts died in a methane explosion .. and where to go ..you can't do anything without coal .. "the bread of the industry."
                  1. Mordvin 3
                    Mordvin 3 18 November 2022 13: 39
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                    Quote: mat-vey
                    .During the war, they say they categorically did not let go from the mine to the front ..

                    So I say that he was sent to work in the mine. Moscow region coal basin. He was a fastener.
                    1. mat-vey
                      mat-vey 18 November 2022 13: 45
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                      From one "extreme" to another .. I changed one front line to another, no less deadly .. So there were no "debts" left to anyone ..
                      1. Mordvin 3
                        Mordvin 3 18 November 2022 13: 55
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                        What the hell, lethal? He retired at 50, lived more in retirement than worked in the mine. Frontline, damn it. He was a penalist, they drove them into the attack on Stalingrad, that's where it was bad for him. There he was severely wounded.
                      2. mat-vey
                        mat-vey 18 November 2022 14: 00
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                        Quote: Mordvin 3
                        What the hell, lethal?

                        Were you in the mine? Especially with the "equipment" that was at that time? In the Kuzbass, on the coke layers, every quarter a shift went to 150-200 people .. people didn’t appear at home for weeks - they didn’t have the strength to change clothes after the shift, the children- wives brought food directly to the plant ...
                      3. Mordvin 3
                        Mordvin 3 18 November 2022 14: 18
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                        Quote: mat-vey
                        Have you been to the mine?

                        Yes, how can I say ... I was not a miner, but I climbed into the mine. They dug a basement in the garage, and dug into the mine. 300 meters passed, they began to suffocate. Well, fuck her, this mine ... A friend was a miner, so he fell down four times before the age of 35.
                      4. mat-vey
                        mat-vey 18 November 2022 14: 28
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                        Quote: Mordvin 3
                        A friend was a miner, so he was flunked four times before the age of 35.

                        And I was generally tense in the war with the fastening timber, so you could get into the blockage at any moment .. and it’s not a fact that it will be possible to escape .. And if it’s often “farewell to the lungs” on the tunneling, you will live, just not like running, breathing is not enough to walk, and arthrosis of the legs is no worse than an injury - right up to amputation ...
                      5. Mordvin 3
                        Mordvin 3 18 November 2022 19: 04
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                        Quote: mat-vey
                        And in the war with the fastening timber, it was generally strained

                        Nevertheless ... My grandfather then fastened something. It was during the war, as he told me. He propped up the logs there.
                      6. mat-vey
                        mat-vey 19 November 2022 08: 05
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                        Quote: Mordvin 3
                        My grandfather fixed something.

                        You can fasten it as needed (if there is something), you have to do it with what you have - with a constant danger of collapse and prayers to Black Yashka ..
            2. Hadji Murat
              Hadji Murat 20 November 2022 03: 35
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              Will you broadcast about the bloody NKVD in all branches?
              1. Mordvin 3
                Mordvin 3 21 November 2022 16: 36
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                And you still do not understand what I am writing about the fact that he was not bloody?
        2. Aviator_
          Aviator_ 18 November 2022 18: 53
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          Then a penalty box.
          My father, the navigator of the 889 NLBAP, in February 1945 almost got into the penal squadron. Background - December 15, 1944 near Pultusk, their Po-2 was sent to divert anti-aircraft batteries while the regiment bombed the target. Father's plane was shot down, they reached the neutral zone and lay there for three days until our reconnaissance group carried it and the pilot out. My father's legs were broken, and the infantry surgeon began to prepare for amputation. The father, having found out what he was being prepared for, smashed the surgeon's face, the pilot (he practically did not suffer in the fall) took his father to the aviation hospital. They did not amputate the legs there, and by February everything had healed. But the order came - to go to the penal squadron, since the infantry surgeon was injured. With this order, the father broke into the commander of the 4th air army, K.A. Vershinin and explained the situation. Konstantin Andreevich broke the order and ordered to return to his regiment. My father also worked in Berlin.
    3. Yarr_Arr
      Yarr_Arr 21 November 2022 15: 58
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      The connection with the material of the article is not entirely clear.
      And so .... You can also start comparing BT with grooves 2 and early 3.
      The same bulletproof cardboard, a maximum of 20mm.
  4. Alexander_Snegirev
    Alexander_Snegirev 18 November 2022 06: 41
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    The thickness of the lower frontal part of the tank was 100 mm, the upper - 60 mm, but at an incredible angle of inclination of 72 degrees. The forehead under the tower, which was often called the "step", had a thickness of 120 mm, and the tower itself - 100 mm.

    Something the author is up to. It's easier to write. VLD at a slope of 50 degrees and 100 mm of armor give reductions of about 140. The forehead of the tower has 100 mm of armor, and quite often it catches non-penetration from the enemy. The IS-2 has tanks in the front of the hull where the driver is, this part sticks out, even if the tank is behind cover. If it hits the side - fire. Penetration 8.8 cm L56 with ordinary BPS - 99 mm per 1000 m, i.e. board at a right angle - confidently, forehead - as lucky, and at an angle - from a closer distance.
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 18 November 2022 07: 35
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    Withstood 18 hits: Resistant tank of the Red Army
    It is clear that heavy assault tanks played their role in the theaters of military operations, an important, BUT, war was "won" by a massive, medium tank, precisely due to the totality of its merits, and even the fact that they swept everything with mass, and with skillful use on his way ...
  6. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 18 November 2022 07: 59
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    Hmmm ..., frontal armor 100 mm ... "What Jupiter is supposed to do, his bull is not supposed to!" KV-1 also had, as they say, 100 mm in the forehead! But they decided that even such armor did not solve the problem with the survivability of the KV ... and made the KV-1s, reducing the "forehead" to 75 mm in order to increase the speed! So ... IS-2 is possible, KV-not! stop
    1. svp67
      svp67 18 November 2022 08: 27
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      Quote: Nikolaevich I
      So ... IS-2 is possible, KV-not!

      The KV had ROLLED armor, while the IS-2 had CAST. In terms of armor resistance, it comes out somewhere. Here the shape of the "nose" has already played more. The "broken" one, like that of the KV and the first IS-2s, did break through, but the "straight" one held enemy shells much better
  7. svp67
    svp67 18 November 2022 08: 24
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    In particular, the British Matilda II and our heavy IS-2.
    But what about the "Churchill" they forgot, it was the best armored