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  • Shape of KV-2 turret

    Quick question - why is it so tall?

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    Because like it was designed by -soviets
    The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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    • #3
      Mainly to give the main gun the clearance for recoil and elevation and depression to act as a mobile howitzer / self-propelled gun.

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      • #4
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
          Mainly to give the main gun the clearance for recoil and elevation and depression to act as a mobile howitzer / self-propelled gun.
          Good post, somewhat more complete

          AFAIR, the kv-2 was a hurried lash up which attempted to use an existing field howitzer based on the small turret ring of the KV-1. the large recoil mechanisms and the need for a second loader dictated the turret.
          Unfortunately, what they got was a shot trap special that tipped over on any angled surface, coupled to a twenty year old Holt transmission design...
          Why a muzzle brake wasn't used instead is a mystery.

          Josef Stalin ,apparently, wanted the entire design team shot, but instead sent them to Britain - to design the Covenanter....

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          The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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          • #6
            Take a look at the British Bishop which was a 25 pdr SPG on a Valentine and also had a tall square turret (although non rotating) for exactly the same reason
            Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
            Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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