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KV-3 Heavy Tank (MM15)

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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Mid-war Monsters
In our research we have uncovered lots of really interesting experimental tanks. Some were just designs that were never completed. Others were completed as prototypes, and some even saw small-scale field testing!

These tanks were weird and wonderful, ranging from a 100-ton monster and a First World War relic, to a tank with two side-by-side main guns, an armoured car weighing more than a tank, and a machine-gun armed light tank with the armour of a heavy tank!

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KV-3 Heavy Tank (MM15) 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.
KV-3 Heavy Tank (MM15)
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.
KV-3 Heavy Tank (MM15) 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
KV-3 Slow Tank 10 8
Co-ax MG, Hull MG, Overloaded, Unreliable.
107mm ZIS-6 gun
1 14 2+
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Last Updated On Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront