When the Soviet army first encountered advanced German tanks like Tiger and the Panther, they realized that they would need more powerful vehicles to handle these heavily armored beasts. Various concepts were proposed, ideas were tossed around, and experiments were conducted.
An early test had demonstrated that an 85 mm anti-aircraft gun was powerful enough to take out a Tiger I from a safe distance. These results led to the idea of combining a captured German Pz.Kpfw. III tank with this powerful Soviet cannon. Creating such a prototype did not require building an entirely new tank and thus, the
was born. A simple, relatively cheap, but highly effective machine with a decent 160 alpha damage, good camouflage values, and over 2,000 DPM.
However, while it is a great vehicle that deserves a place in every Garage, the actual concept never got past the prototype stage. Supplies of D-5S-85 guns were short and captured tanks were an unreliable resource.
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