Monday, 6 April 2020

Gold Rounds

"Results of experimental firing at a German King Tiger tank with a BP-460A HEAT shell from the 122 mm model 1938 howitzer
  1. Firing against the side of the hull (at 89 degrees 28 minutes).
    1.  Distance 200 meters. Results: 2 complete penetrations 45-50 mm in diameter. The edges of the breach were melted.
  2. Firing at the side of the superstructure.
    1. Distance: 200 meters. Result: 2 complete penetrations (#1 and #2) 45-50 mm in diameter.
    2. Distance: 300 meters. Result: 1 complete penetration (#3) 50-60 mm in diameter.
      The angle was not calculated as the angle of the plate was not measured.
  3. Firing at the side of the turret:
    1. Distance: 425 meters. Result: 2 complete penetrations (#4 and #5) 50-60 mm in diameter. 
    2. Distance: 500 meters. Result: 140 mm deep and 60 mm wide indentation in the welding seam of the turret floor and side joint (#6).
  4. Firing at the rear of the hull.
    1. Distance: 500 meters. Result: complete penetration (#7) near the right exhaust pipe 55 mm in diameter. A second shot from the same distance resulted in a 60 mm wide indentation in the welding seam connecting the rear plate and engine deck (#8).
  5. Firing at the front of the hull:
    1. Distance: 200 meters. Result: 40 cm long groove from a ricochet, 40 mm deep indentation melted into the armour.
      The shell has a tendency to ricochet due to the angle of the plate.

Chief of Staff of Artillery of the 32nd Rifle Corps, Guards Major Degtyaryev."

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