Russian KV II Heavy Tank
Fact sheet for the Russian KV II Heavy Tank from U.S.
War Department FM 30-40: Recognition Pictorial Manual on Armored Vehicles.
KV stood for Kliment Voroshilov being named after the Soviet defense commissar
Kliment Voroshilov. The 53-ton KV-2 was armed with
an 152-mm howitzer.|
The text reads:
Turret: Very large and massive; rectangular, with vertical sides and rear;
front is vertical or slightly inclined, depending on model; undercut in
rear; large gun mantlet.
Hull: Long, set low between massive tracks; face of driver's cab nearly
vertical, joins gently sloping forward deck; flat rear deck.
One 152-mm howitzer in turret.
One coaxial machine gun.
One machine gun in left front of hull.
Traction; Full track; six nearly evenly spaced bogie wheels sprung
independently; large driving sprocket in rear; three large track
support rollers; very broad tracks.
INTEREST DATA: This tank is similar to the KV I except
for the massive turret. This turret cannot be traversed when the tank is
tilted. In some models a 122 (128?)-mm howitzer is mounted in place
of the 152-mm. The tank is used chiefly as close-support artillery.