Thursday, 21 May 2015

Invisible Tanks

Players of World of Tanks often complain about tank destroyers that can appear from seemingly nowhere and deal enormous damage without being seen, but this is definitely something that has its roots in reality.

"Award Order
  1. Name: Prokhorov, Nikolai Fedorovich
  2. Rank: Junior Lieutenant
  3. Position and unit: SU-85 commander, 1438th Znamensk, Order of the Red Banner, Order of Suvorov SPG Regiment
    Is nominated for the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
  4. Year of birth: 1925
  5. Nationality: Russian
  6. Party affiliation: VKP(b) member since 1944 #6963369
  7. Participation in the civil war and subsequent action in defense of the USSR (where, when): 2nd Ukrainian Front since November of 1943
  8. Wounds or concussions in the Great Patriotic War: none
  9. In the Red Army since: 1943
  10. Recruited by: Ekaterinovsk recruitment office, Saratov oblast
  11. Previous awards: Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class
Brief and specific description of heroism or achievement: Displayed courage and heroism in battles for the Soviet Motherland. On August 24th, in the Hushi region, comrade Prokhorov attacked a German column and destroyed 5 guns of various calibers, 11 cars, and 17 carts with men and military cargo, 2 tractors with trailers and 50 soldiers and officers. On September 16th, near Kiralhedvesh, comrade Prokhorov allowed an enemy counterattack of 4 tanks and infantry to approach within 40 meters and destroyed 3 enemy tanks at point blank range and crushed 30 enemy soldiers with his tracks. With this heroic feat, comrade Prokhorov allowed his corps to achieve their objective.

He is worthy of the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Commander of the 1438th Znamensk, Order of the Red Banner, Order of Suvorov SPG Regiment, Major Derbenev."

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  1. I read that T34s and SU 85s used very often their power to weight ratio to destroy soft targets. Was tankers educated to do this during the training or it just wondered them during the battle?

    btw sorry if some of my comments sound a little bit silly

    1. Yes, crushing things like anti-tank guns and cars was definitely a thing that was done. I know for sure that ramming trees was a part of training, but I don't know about other things.