Chars Lourds de Stalin 1941-1945
Les Chars Lourds KV et IS

Revue du Livre Armor At War Series

Chars Lourds de Stalin 1941-1945

The book covers les chars lourds T-35, KV serie, JS-2 et JS-3 soviétiques en combat pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, as well as their assault gun sub-variants. The core of this publication consists of many new photos discovered in archives en Russie et Europe centrale. It is a companion book to an earlier publication covering les chars moyens soviétiques.

72 Pages, Paperback
186 Photos, 16 Colour Illustrations
ISBN: 9623616163


  • Steven J. Zaloga
  • Jim Kinnear
  • Andrey Aksenov
  • Aleksandr Koshchavtsev


The 10-page introduction includes a concise history of the projects totifs de chars lourds soviétiques, of which only the KV tank went into series production, followed by the universal tank concept which was given up in favour of an uparmed T-34 et the new IS heavy tank.

The official designations de l’armement principal mounted in chars lourds soviétiques is mentioned in the introduction, except that the calibre lengths have been ommitted. In the case des canons de 76,2 mm F-32 et F-34, the difference in calibre length would have been important to know. What is interesting to note is that le canon F-34 was designated ZIS-5 when mounted in chars lourds KV-1.

The organization et tactical deployment of heavy tank regiments is covered briefly.

Photos et colour illustrations are well layed out, et the captions are most interesting to read. Some caption text is repeated when photos show a previously covered véhicule operated by a particular unit and/or crew.

The photographs show a variety of véhicules avec distinct marquages tactiques, et slogans. Translations of slogans are provided. Several units et véhicule commanders have been identified, making the book a good source of background information for joueurs de guerre et dioramistes.

Several photos show the cramped working conditions inside les chars lourds soviétiques et their assault gun sub-variants. The book briefly mentions the command et control problems associated avec the fact that the KV-1 véhicule commander also served as the loader of the main gun. This archaic turret layout was changed when the new KV-1S was introduced.

The colour illustrations include a captured KV-2 of Panzerkompanie (z.b.V.) 66 avec camouflage tropical allemand, et un KV-1E avec le schéma de camouflage three-colour finlandais de Moss Green, Earth Brown, et Army Grey which was adopted en 1944. The employment, et conversion of captured véhicules would make an interesting publication on its own.

The photos show chars lourds T-35 capturés avec marquages de l’Armée Slovaque et des forces nationalistes ukrainiennes fighting alongside la Wehrmacht.

Photos et colour plates of the JS-3 et JS-3M extend the usefulness of this publication well into the post-war period. There are even photos of the JS-4 which might have intervened in the Guerre de Corée if Stalin had not been deterred by the possibility of a general war avec the nuclear-armed USA.

The colour illustrations would have been even more useful to the modéliste if suitable model colour reference numbers had been provided in the captions.

The assault gun sub-variants of the KV et IS heavy tank are covered, but they really deserve a book of their own to capture the important aspects of their design, deployment, and combat experience.

The book is a good source of concise et easy to read information on the chars lourds soviétiques, it’s an excellent starting position for further study into this subject. The colour plates, et many of the wartime photos are an inspiration for modélistes et dioramistes.

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