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The Soviet KV-VI Behemoth

There is a plethora of information on the internet; the scale and variety of the information available is the best aspect of the web. Unfortunately the downside invariably relates to the subject matter, and more specific to this article the quality of the information online. In this article we will be discussing a vehicle that has been discussed on the internet by several names, one of which is the KV-VI. The Soviet KV-VI, or Behemoth, is described as a KV series tank made to excessive proportions; specifically an elongated chassis supporting multiple turrets, both main and secondary. This vehicle never existed.

The Kliment Voroshilov series of tanks are known to have been heavily armoured; and during the beginning of the invasion of the Soviet Union, difficult to knockout. It is claimed that the KV-VI was ordered, possibly by Stalin himself, as a response to stories of KV series tanks (KV-1 or KV-2) that single-handedly changed the course of a battle. It is claimed that two prototypes were created. The following quote is oft repeated:

“The first prototype was completed in December 1941 and was rushed into the defense of Moscow. In its first action during a dense winter fog, the rear turret accidentally fired into the center turret. The resulting explosion completely destroyed the vehicle. The second prototype was completed in January 1942, and was sent to the Leningrad front. This one had indicators installed to show when another turret was in the line of fire. In its initial attack on the Germans, the tank broke in half when crossing a ravine.” (“Secret Weapons: KV-VI Behemoth.”)

Purportedly called Stalin’s Orchestra by those Germans who encountered it; it is claimed the vehicle had a crew of 15 men and one Commissar.

A model of the KV-VI was made by modeler Brian Fowler:

Fowler’s model has been show in a number of articles on the KV-VI; and was the basis for other representations of the vehicle including a diagram of the KV-VI by deviantART user VonBrrr. Click here to see VonBrr’s page. VonBrr’s representation also is popular in articles on the subject. VonBrrr notes:

Half way through illustrating I found that the thing never really existed[…]

Although the KV-VI didn’t exist, it is not likely a fake as it is often described as being. The KV-VI is more likely the result of harmless creations by enthusiasts that went viral. Advanced modelers for example are known to be extremely creative with their designs; including reusing parts left over from kits. This may be what Fowler’s model was born from; and in my opinion his work is likely the beginning of the KV-VI’s life.

Works Cited:

1. “Secret Weapons: KV-VI Behemoth.” Geheimkrieg. Blogger, 27 May 2011. Web. 28 Nov 2013. <http://geheimkrieg.blogspot.com/2011/05/secret-weapons-kv-vi-behemoth.html>.

2. “The soviet behemoth — KV VI.” The Order Of The Iron Phoenix’s Blog. N.p., 17 Jul 2013. Web. 28 Nov 2013. <http://theorderoftheironphoenix.com/wp/the-soviet-behemoth-kv-vi/>.

3. “T-28.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 29 Oct 2013. Web. 28 Nov 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-28>.

The JgdPz38(t) Part II on Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch

Download PANZER GENERAL, SSI’s Classic Military Strategy Game Circa 1994

In 1994 Panzer General, SSI’s classic turn-based military strategy game was released. The game was based on Germany’s fortunes and failures from the Second World War. Today the game can be downloaded for free; as it is abandonware or an intellectual property abandoned by it’s owner. Click here to download.



The JgdPz38(t) or Hetzer on Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch

World of Warplanes is Now Live!

World of Warplanes is Now Live!

World of Warplanes was finally released today; I hope everyone has been enjoying themselves!

The Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 Howitzer

This article is on the Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer circa the First World War. I wanted to write this when I noted a number of pictures of this piece that were misidentified; and no details. After finding some good Italians sources I can now write something. Often described online as an Italian self propelled gun; nothing could be farther from the truth. This is the antiquated Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer circa the First World War.

The Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer circa the First World War.

Often described online as an Italian self propelled gun; nothing could be farther from the truth. This is the antiquated Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer circa the First World War.

As can be seen from the photos below, the howitzer could be set in a fixed position or in the wheeled version which was a portion of the De Stefano (D.S.) carriage which compensated for it’s recoil from the use of inclined ramps. The tracks pictured on the wheels are likely for transport only when it isn’t on it’s rail assembly; they are pedrail wheels. Designed in 1908 and built between 1914 and 1917, a total of 44 were built by Armstrong-Pozzuoli and Vickers-Terni. This howitzer was 305 mm.

The Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer required a team of individuals and equipment to disassemble and move it; the below pictures illustrate the gun along with it disassembled for transport by tractors.

Works Cited:

1. “305/17.” Wikipedia: L’enciclopedia libera. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 14 Jun 2013. Web. 11 Nov 2013. <http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/305/17>.

8.8 cm FlaK 37 auf Sonderfahrgestell or Flakpanzer für s FlaK (Pz. Sfl. IVc)

The 8.8 cm FlaK auf Sonderfahrgestell or Flakpanzer für s FlaK (Pz. Sfl. IVc) was a German tank destroyer that only made it to the prototype stage; I will refer to it as the Pz. Sfl. IVc, another designation, for the remainder of this article. In 1941, the Waffenamt orderd a heavy Panzerjäger. The vehicle was inted to mount the 8.8cm L/56 cannon. The turret design was intended to be an open design. A later revision would plan that the 8.8 cm Pak L/71 cannon would be used. The project for a heavy Panzerjäger would be canceled after the chassis had been built; they would in turn be used for the development of a heavy FlaK vehicle. In 1944 the FlaK41 was mounted. Plans were in place to mount the Gerät 042 as well as the 10.5 cm leFH43 Waffenträger. Only 3 prototypes would be built by Krupp, the manufacturer. The vehicle had a crew of 8 and weighed 26 tons. The vehicle was powered by a Maybach HL90 engine and measured 7 metres long, by 3 metres wide, by 2.8 metres high.

This vehicle is available in the video game World of Tanks as the Pz.Sfl. IVc:


Works Cited:

1. Doyle, Hilary L., and Peter Chamberlain. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two: A complete illustrated directory of German battle tanks, armoured cars, self-propelled guns and semi-tracked vehicles, 1933-1945. Revised Edition. New York: Sterling Publishing Co.Inc., 1994. 160 – 161. Print.

Bikini Monday, Lauren Conrad Edition

After missing last Monday, I’m pleased to announce another Bikini Monday for 10/21/2013; Lauren Conrad edition:


IS-4 on Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch Again

Here is part 2 of the look at the IS-4 on Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch:

The Object 268 (Obiekt 268) Soviet Assault Gun

Object 268, A Soviet Assault Gun.

The Object 268 prototype at the Kubinka tank museum.

In the summer of 1952 development began on Object 268 (Obiekt 268) at the Kirov Plan in Leningrad. The project was overseen by Joseph Kotin. The basis for the project was the T-10 (IS-10) heavy tank. A prototype was produced in 1956 and successfully underwent trials but the vehicle never saw mass production (“Object 268.”). The vehicle featured a 152 mm M-64 main armament; which fired a shell weighing 43.5 kg.  The vehicle possessed a stereoscopic rangefinder on the roof and an experimental V-12-5 engine producing 750 hp (“Obiekt 268 Tank .”).

Works Cited:

1. “Object 268.” World of Tanks. Wargaming.net, 19 Aug 2013. Web. 11 Oct 2013. <http://wiki.worldoftanks.com/Object_268>.

2. “Obiekt 268 Tank .” Preserved Tanks .com. N.p.. Web. 11 Oct 2013. <http://preservedtanks.com/Types.aspx?TypeCategoryId=2895>.

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