|General Historical Information|
|Place of origin||USSR|
|Designer|| - Zhozef Kotin|
- Nikolay Dukhov
|Manufacturer|| - Kirov Factory|
|Produced In||1943 - 1945|
|Debut in FHSW||Debut in Forgotten Hope|
|Main armament||122mm D25-T (28 rounds)|
|Coaxial weapon||1x 7.62mm Degtyaryov machinegun|
|General Ingame Information|
|Seat 2||1x 7.62mm Degtyaryov machinegun|
|Seat 3|| 12.7 mm MG DShK 38|
20 x 50 rounds
|Seat 4||Passenger Seat|
|Seat 5||Passenger Seat|
The Russian IS-2, or JS-2, was a successful heavy tank used during the Second World War. It is the successor of the IS-1. IS-2 was developed as the Object 240. At the end of November 1943, the prototype was transported to Kubinka for test on a captured German Panther tank. The new gun, a 122mm A19 gun mount on a 85mm D-5T carriage (with a TSh-17 sight) - adopted as the 122mm D-25T, showed excellent results. It proved capable of penetrating the Panther's glacis at 2500 meters and it was decided to take the IS-2 into production as soon as possible.
The production began in January 1944 as the IS-122, but later renamed into IS-2. The first 150 tanks were ready in February 1944. In March 1944, this number rose to 275, and in April 1944, a total of 350 IS-2 tanks were produced. There were several measures to increase production. For example, in April 1944, the T-34 production in Chelyabinsk stop to give space to the IS-2 production. In the spring of 1944, the front armour of the IS-2 chassis was improved replacing the "broken nose" with a plate angled at 60 degrees. This made its hull impenetrable to the 75mm and 88mm guns of its opponents. This was the final version of the IS-2 and was called the "IS-2m" or "IS-2 Model 1944". At least 102 IS-1's have been sent back to the factory to be converted in an IS-2 model 1944.
In combat, several units are be formed with IS-2 tanks. The main task of the IS-2 regiments was to support breakthroughs. They were mainly aimed at disabling the poorly supported infantry formations. As a result, these regiments were more akin to dealing with infantry armed with Panzerfausts, Panzerschreck and 75mm Pak than it became embroiled in tank-to-tank battles.
In August 1944 the first Königstigers arrived at the front. Meetings between the tank and the IS-2 were sporadic and sometimes made up. One of these meetings took place between the 503. Schwere Panzerabteilung and IS-2 regiments in Hungary outside Budapest in November 1944. The biggest showdown between these two tanks took place near the village Lisow, during the opening phase of the Oder Offensive in 1945. This village was defended by 524. Schwere Panzerabteilung with both sides incurring heavy losses but as it turns out what were thought of as IS tanks were in fact T-34-85s.
The IS-2 looks almost the same as the KV-122. Make no mistake on the battlefield!
The White Cross on the roof and white stripes on the Soviet tanks on the end of the war, was to differentiate their vehicles from the Western Allies. Only in Berlin the stripes never be used. Later that war, vehicles in Berlin are be painted with a white triangle, after the Germans use the white stripes on their tanks to escape Berlin via the West. So that the Western troops could still distinguish between German and Soviet tanks.