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  • 100 mm field gun M1944 (BS-3)

    How many did they produce each year of this great gun?

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    The BS-3 didn't enter production until 1944, and then only 341 were built that year: 66 at Zavod Number 7, 275 at Zavod Number 232. In 1945, including the last half of the year when the war was effectively over, another 1140 were built: 720 at Zavod 7, 420 at Zavod 232.
    The first artillery units with the 100mm gun were not actually antitank units. According to a General Staff order GOKO-6270ss dated 29 July 1944, 5 Corps Artillery Brigades were to be formed to shtat 8/613 and 8/917 with 2 regiments, one of 20 152mm howitzers and one with 20 100mm BS-3 cannon. (Most of the Corps Brigades so formed never went to the front, but instead were reformed as Howitzer Brigades in late 1944, probably so that the 100mm cannon could be diverted to antitank units)
    Initially, one battery in each antitank regiment was going to be equipped with 100mm guns, but this order was rescinded in December 1944, when a new NKO Order, number 0050 dated 25 December 1944, ordered that one regiment in each of 12 antitank artillery brigades was to be re-equipped with 100mm guns (16 per regiment) by 15 January 1945.
    When the 9th Guards Army was formed in early 1945, it received a 13th antitank brigade with a 100mm gun regiment, and also three new Corps Artillery Brigades (61st, 62nd, 63rd Guards) each equipped with a regiment of 100mm guns.
    Therefore, by the end of the war in Europe, the Red Army had 13 antitank brigades and 3 Corps Artillery Brigades each with one regiment of 100mm guns, for a total of 268 BS-3 100mm cannon in service with the units. That doesn't sound like much, but by the last months of the war there weren't that many Tiger or KingTiger tanks left running in the entire Wehrmacht, either!

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      • #4
        I would not mind getting my hands on one of those.

        There are still some in use, or in reserve somewhere, aren't there?
        "Why is the Rum gone?"

        -Captain Jack

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
          I would not mind getting my hands on one of those.

          There are still some in use, or in reserve somewhere, aren't there?
          Maybe under a different name.
          If you have guys who can help you with the paperwork
          http://store.warfare.ru/index.php?op...0&limitstart=0
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          Max Sterner

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          • #6
            The BS-3 stayed in production until 1951, but production peaked right after the war, in 1946. Total produced from 1944 to 1951 was 3836 guns. I've got photos fo several of them in museum displays, so there may be some more hiding in old artillery parks as well.
            From 1960 to 1971 there was a pair of towed 100mm antitank guns, the T-12 and MT-12, designed in response to the US M60A1 tank and the West german Leopard I. I don't have any production figures for those guns. Superficially, they resemble the 100mm BS-3 in configuration, but there are a lot of detail differences, including a 'pepperbox' muzzle brake instead of the double-baffle brake used on the BS-3.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Erkki View Post
              Maybe under a different name.
              If you have guys who can help you with the paperwork
              http://store.warfare.ru/index.php?op...0&limitstart=0
              Wow.... AWESOME site!
              I just spent hours looking at that stuff, I need to get a class 3 license right away.

              A BRDM for less the ten thousand, and needs no restoration? I would have to see it to belive it. T-72s for sale seemed unbelievable, until I saw that note "restoration required".... hmmm.
              "Why is the Rum gone?"

              -Captain Jack

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
                Wow.... AWESOME site!
                I just spent hours looking at that stuff, I need to get a class 3 license right away.

                A BRDM for less the ten thousand, and needs no restoration? I would have to see it to belive it. T-72s for sale seemed unbelievable, until I saw that note "restoration required".... hmmm.
                Yes it is a facinating site. They even got a Tu-160 Blackjack and T-80s.
                If I only had the money and papers...
                “For there is nothing more serious than a lunatic when he comes to the central point of his lunacy.”

                Max Sterner

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
                  I would not mind getting my hands on one of those.

                  There are still some in use, or in reserve somewhere, aren't there?
                  I believe that Egypt mounted them on T34 chasis for quite a while. I have a model of one and I think that it's a BS3. Probably not anymore though.
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