"To State Committee of Defense member, comrade Beria
There are 250 KV-1 and KV-1S tanks undergoing major repairs in GBTU KA and NKTP factories with 76 mm ZiS-5 guns.
The 76 mm ZiS-5 gun cannot combat Panther, Tiger, and Ferdinand tanks with its ballistics.
I deem it necessary to order the People's Commissariats of Tank Production and Armament to re-arm 250 KV-1 and KV-1S tanks with the 85 mm S-53 gun, increasing the combat potential of the KV tanks, with superior armour to the T-34.
I propose this project for GOKO's approval.
Colonel-General of Tank Forces, Fedorenko
Lieutenant-General of Tank Forces, Biryukov"
CAMD RF 38-11355-2722
What a reasonable proposal! Attempts to put an 85 mm gun on a KV-1 aren't exactly a revolutionary idea. Indeed, this proposal was approved, and a decree drafted to modernize 150 tanks and produce parts to modernize 250 more, including 250 additional guns above quota.
One exception though: the date was 1944, not 1942. The KV-1 was out of production, its successor was out of production, and IS-2 tanks were significantly superior to KV tanks in many, many ways. A KV-1S with an S-53 gun was built and tested (not a KV-85, which used a D-5 gun), but this grandiose plan was never brought to life.