4 One Tank, Three Guns

One Tank, Three Guns

Posted on September 22, 2013 by team


KV-7 was a unique self-propelled artillery vehicle that was modified a large number of times. Its turret had three guns (!) so the tank had to become a serious threat for the enemy. But in spring 1942, when they discussed the perspectives and test results of so-called “Object 227″ (KV-7) there was said a phrase that spelt the death for the vehicle – someone rulling the country asked: “Why do we need two or three guns? One good gun is a better idea”. A number of sources put these words into Stalin’s mouth. It should be mentioned that many Soviet commanders shared that opinion. So the project was finally closed, the first vehicle KV-7 was disassembled to be subsequently used as a platform for testing some other equipment.

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4 Responses to “One Tank, Three Guns”

  1. Osip says:

    At least not as silly as the T-35. And T-35 actually fought the German.

  2. oldeafcoot says:

    Good concept. It could be that this idea was ahead of the German self-propelled Assault Gun. If so, it should have been developed. It would have come as a great shock to the enemy during the Great Patriotic War.

  3. john says:

    interesting.

  4. HenryR says:

    The vehicle with 2 x 76.2mm guns is the KV-7. The one with 1 x 76.2 and 2 x 45mm is the KV-6 (Object 226). These were not really an improvement over the existing KV-1 tank with a 76.2mm in a turret. At the end of 1942 the SU-152 (Object 236) was designed and was accepted an put into product in Feb 1943. This was a 152mm gun-howitzer on the KV-1S chassis and was one of the most successful assault guns of WWII.

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