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Wrecked KV-1 tank, Stalingrad, Russia, Aug 1942, photo 1 of 3

Caption   Wrecked KV-1 tank, Stalingrad, Russia, Aug 1942, photo 1 of 3 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 169-0441
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Added Date 17 Nov 2009

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
5 Aug 2010 06:56:51 PM

Are those the backs of the projectiles I see stuck in four of the hits on the right side?
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
21 Dec 2010 06:47:03 PM

Looks like a KV-1, Model 1940 or 1941 armed w/ a 76.2mm main gun some models had bolt on, or applique armor on the turret sides but this KV doesn't have this armor to help break up incoming German anti-tank rounds. The KV photo shows multiple hits against the hull and turret at combat ranges, the KV-1 was vulnerable to the 88mm gun, looking at the photo looks like most of the hits didn't penetrate the hull, others look like plugs for fast battlefield repairs. THEORY Maybe more than one anti-tank gun knocked out the KV firing at 800 meters didn't stop it maybe 100 to 75 meters the rounds would still bounce off get in close 60 meters with special-purpose rounds (Pzgr 40). THE RUSSIAN BEAR, IS BUILT TOUGH Could it have happened? may, maybe not this is just my theory. Remember 37mm rounds would bounce off KV tanks 50 and 75mm would also fail to knock it out. The Germans learned the only way the KV could be stopped was to hit the sides, rear or to disable the track. One KV was hit over 70 times, and kept on coming. In the above photo the KV looks like the turret and hull were pock-marked by multiple hits. The only German guns effective against the KV, was the 88mm or a 105mm Howitzer. Ends my comment on photograph number 1

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