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The following Photographs have been donated by Battlefrontmodels Customers they range from basic customised RC tanks to heavily modified models, if you would like to submit a project to the Tank Gallery please email us at the Battlefront HQ for details.
Sent in by Peter Symonds of Nottingham UK.
During the Russian-Finnish War the commander of the 7th Army, General Meretshov made a request for a heavily armoured tank mounting a very large gun to destroy Finnish bunkers. In response engineers of the KTZ design bureau took the hull of the KV-1 heavy tank and added a huge turret mounting a 152mm M-10 Howitzer.
Despite its many flaws huge height, dangerously high centre of gravity, highly dubious mechanical reliability and poor turret layout the KV-2 was still a monster on the battlefield. Its armour was virtually impregnable and its gun was one of the biggest ever mounted in a turreted AFV.
Its crews named it ‘The Dreadnought’ with good reason. On 23-24th June 1941 near the town of
Numerous attacks including a battery of 50mm anti tank guns (which were destroyed at500m distance). A flak 88(destroyed at 800m) and a engineer unit attacked all failed to silence the Russian tank.
105mm Howizers were brought up and managed to hit a track which partially immobilised the KV-2. Under the cover of a massed panzer attack by nearly 50 PzII and Pz38t a 2nd 88 was brought up and deployed which finally managed to silence the KV-2. Even then infantry had to thrown grenades into the tan.k to kill the crew.
Despite the limited successes the KV-2 was a poor tank and production ceased in October 1941. The last KV-2 to see combat was in April 1945. Civilian workers at Krupps Essen plant used a captured one unsuccessfully to defend there plant from US troops.
This model represents one of the very first KV-2s built. These can be recognised by the curved turret sides, smaller mantled and the ribbed trunions on the side of the mantlet. The fist production KV-2s lacked the hull machine gun of the later variants. The model was made by combining a Heng Long KV-1 hull with a German Jawa models resin turret kit to make a really enormous model.
Text by Peter Symonds
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DID YOU KNOW
Members of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle allegedly called Rudolf Hess 'Fraulein Anna' because
he was reportedly a homosexual. He was also known as the 'Brown Mouse'.
German Tank Support Vehicle.
Sent in by Bob Abson of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. UK.
A nice change from general tank fodder this Bergepanzer II is built from a kit onto a Pz3 chassis by Bob as you can see it's rich with staowage items and repair tools just the sort of tank to turn up when your Tiger or Panther is battlefield pooly, a nicley detailed tank.
Sent in by Peter Symonds of Nottingham UK.
KV-1 24th Tank Corps
Tatsinskaya Raid, Xmas Eve 1942.
Despite the success of ‘Operation Uranus’ the Germans weren’t going to abandon the sixth army in
On the 17th Dec 1942 the Soviet 24th Tank Corps under the Major Gereral Vasily Mikhaylovich Banahov launched an incredibly daring raid 150 miles behind German lines in the depth of a Russian winter. Despite promising 800 tons of supplies each day Goering’s 4th air fleet was doing well to deliver 120 tons a day this required the Luftwaffe to divert fuel and planes from training and other theatres. The fragile air link keeping the 6th army just about supplied was to become a prime Soviet target.
On Christmas Eve 1942 the Soviets without warning assaulted the air field from three sides at once. Despite desperate resistance by the Germans the Russian tanks manoeuvred around the airfield destroying over 300 aircraft including 70 JU-52s. which was 10% of the Luftwaffe’s entire transport fleet. Because the tanks were low on ammunition many of the planes were destroyed by ramming!
However with the airfield captured 24th tank corps was now cut off without its supporting motor rifle division and with few supplies. The Germans response which includes three armoured trains meant that very few tankers survived to see 1943.
This model is Heng Long KV-1with extra appliqué armour marking it out as an ‘E’ or ‘Ekranami’ type. This added 35mm of spaced armour to the standard KV-1 increasing its armoured protection significantly. Extra fuel drums were specially made by Battlefrontmodels for the project as raiding 150 miles behind enemy lines takes a lot of fuel.
text by Peter Symonds.