They have a fine specimen of a KV 1 at Bovington Tank Museum - Pop along sometime and check it out.



A Brief History of the KV's

The Soviet KV series of Heavy Tanks were Named after Soviet defence commissar and politician Kliment Voroshilov, one of the five marshals of the Soviet under Stalin. They were developed to try and hold the Germans in the first year of the German invasion of Russia. The KV1 and KV2 were very capable of halting a German offensive and with infantry support stop it dead.. The KV's were known throughout the War as a stand it's ground tank, Gernam tanks at the time with weak armour could not face the Russian Koloss or 'Rusian Colossus'
These tanks were so armoured that the Germans could not penetrate the hull, only the 88mm flak Gun could do serious damage.

Prior to operation Barbarossa out of 22,000 tanks of the Si=oviet Army only 500 were KV1's. It was decided that it was too expensive to manufacture this type of tank and design medium fast tanks like the T35 -75 and later the T34-85 which could be made quickly in the Sovoet Tank Factories.

The KV series later became the IS version of tanks and was known as the ''Iosif Stalin'' Heavy Tank

KV 2
PS T34.85 B

This model has been heavily modified with bedspread armour a common quick fix in the field to deter shaped charges such as the Panzerfaust attack or 'Tank Fist'.

If the warhead exploded with the Bedspread armour attached the distance between the tank armoured body helped absorb the force of the shaped charge explosive device.

The Panzerfaust was fitted with a simple Piezo electric crystal which required a hard strike to set off the Panzer Faust warhead properley.

PS T34.85. D

This T34/85 has been painted as the 1st Polish Army's 1st Polish Brigade
The Hero's of Wasterplatte this unit had Russian officers but all the men were mostly recruited from POW's captured by the Stalin and deported to Siberia when he invaded Eastern Polend in Sept. 1939.

After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact broke down with the start of Barbarrossa the attack on Russia, the poles were released and organised into Polish Brigades under Siviet command.

In combat the units fought as part of the Belorussian front and spearheaded the red army's crossing of the Vistula and Oder rivers.

This tank represents one of the many of the Polish T34's involved in the final battles around and inside Berlin. The unit saw heavy action around the Tecnical University, Tiergarten and Berlin Zoo area.

The Zoo area which was heavily fortified and also had Flak Towers so tough they have not been changed since 1945, they are indestructable with walls and ceilings of concrete and rebar 11 ft thick these towers some were designed by Hitler for the defence of Berlin and would hold 10,000 of Berlin's citizens in total safety during allied raids.These Flaktowers held out until May 1945 and were eventually stormed by Soviet troops.

After the war they tried to dismantle the towers using heavy explosives but to no end so they are still there but hidden by trees and buildings.

They seem as though they are the only items of Hitlers dream 1000 year Reich that will last.. or even longer.

FT G Tower
FT pragsatle
Humbolthane FT

Above: Humbolthain Flak
Tower in Berlin.

Below: The 12.8 cm
Flak gun and crew.

Above: The 'G' Tower
at Augarten, Vienna

Above: Pragsattel
Flakturm in Stuttgart.
Modernised to blend in.

Below: A Flakturm under Construction 1940

FT Under Con
PS M26  Viet B

This heavy tank known as the M26 Pershing was an American Heavy Tank used in WW2 briefly and also in the Korean War. It was named after Gen. John Pershing who lead the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe in WW1.

Developement of the M26 in WW2 was prolonged by many factors, the most was the opposition to the tank by Army Ground Forces (AGF). As a result only the initial 20 M26's (T26E3) were deployed to Europe in Jan. 1945 only these saw combat in WW2.

The M26 and its improved derivative, the M26 Paton, both saw more combat in Korea. The M26 was both under powered and mechanically unreliable and was withdrawn form Korea in 1951, in favour of the M46 which had a more powerful engine. The lineage of the M26continued with the M47 Paton and was reflected in the new designs of the later M48 Paton M60 Paton.