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The myth that the IS-2 had to have its gun in a very specific position before it could be loaded is a common one, and I handle it here. However, it has come to my attention that there is another tank that indeed had problems with loading if the gun was not level: the Tiger II.
WO291/1003 Motion studies of German Tanks
Loading in general is described as "very slow and fatiguing" for the following reasons:
Perhaps they should have used two-piece ammunition.