One Tank, Three Guns

One Tank, Three Guns

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.

One Tank, Three Guns

One Tank, Three Guns

One Tank, Three Guns

One Tank, Three Guns

One Tank, Three Guns

One Tank, Three Guns

One Tank, Three Guns

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4 thoughts on “One Tank, Three Guns”

  1. 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.

  2. 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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