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KV-3 Heavy Tank (SU085)
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With the KV-1 and KV-2 heavy tanks in production, Soviet planners turned their minds to even more powerful tanks. On 17 June 1940, they ordered the Kirov plant to produce four prototypes by December 1940.
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|Only two were produced: the T-150, a KV-1 with
heavier armour, and the T-220, a larger vehicle with even thicker armour
and an 85mm gun. Testing revealed major flaws with both designs.
The T-150 was underpowered, and the new engine on
the T-220 blew up on the second day of testing! Despite of this, the
T-150 was ordered into production as the KV-3 in March 1941. Rumours of a
massive German heavy tank, and the realities of producing what was in
effect an even more unreliable KV-1 tank, quickly changed the order to
produce the T-220 tank with a new engine and an even bigger 107mm gun.
Super-heavy tanks and heavily-laden assault guns often overload their
engines and suspensions, making them very poor at crossing obstacles.
When required to take a Bogging Check to cross Difficult Going,
an Overloaded vehicle becomes Bogged Down on a roll of 1 or 2, rather
than the usual 1. An Overloaded vehicle must re-roll successful Skill
Tests to cross Very Difficult Going.
|This new design was to be ready in just six weeks, along with a
production plan for over 500 to be built by the end of 1941.
The new KV-3 was fitted with a supercharged
version of the V-2 tank engine, straight off the drawing boards. This
time it worked, and with strengthened suspension and transmission, the
tank had completed 1985km (1233 miles) by 22 June. At this point affairs
were interrupted by the German invasion.
Whether poorly designed, unsuitable for the conditions, or requiring
more maintenance than current supply considerations will allow, these
vehicles have a significant chance of breakdown when pushed too hard.
If an Unreliable vehicle attempts to move At the Double, roll a die. On a roll of 1 the vehicle becomes Bogged Down.
|Within weeks the Kirov factory was threatened and
evacuated to Chelyabinsk in the Urals and ordered to focus on producing
existing KV-1 types to rebuild the Red Army after the disasters that
had occurred at the start of the German invasion.
The KV-3 is perhaps the most balanced and
powerful heavy tank in existence. It combines an outstanding gun with
thick armour and reasonable speed. It is the perfect Tiger killer, yet
it entered combat six months before the German Tiger heavy tank.
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Jeremy Painter
|The KV-3 Heavy Tank in Flames Of War
|Equipment and Notes
|Co-ax MG, Hull MG, Overloaded, Unreliable.
|107mm ZIS-6 gun
Last Updated On Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront