The T-34 is know as the best tank of World War Two. However, the 76mm gun wich be used on the first variants, is not strong enough against the German heavy tanks like the Tiger. Therefore in 1943, the Soviets replace the gun with a longer 57mm ZiS-4 L/73 high-velocity gun, with (ingame) a TMFD gunsight. The ZiS-4 was a tank gun version of the ZiS-2 . In 1941, trying to improve the anti-tank performance of the T-34 tank, members of the Morozov Design Bureau experimentally equipped it with the ZiS-4. Only a small number of these T-34-57 tanks were built and used as tank hunters. Production was suspended due to excess penetration ability of ZiS-4. The calibre was smaller, but this gun had better penetration than the 76.2 mm F-34 (140 mm of steel at 500 m, as opposed to 90 mm). However, the small HE projectile was inadequate for use against unarmored targets.
T-34/57 Model 1942Edit
|T-34/57 Model 1942|
|General Historical Information|
|Place of origin||USSR|
|Debut in FHSW||v0.55|
|Main armament|| 57 mm gun ZiS 4M L/73|
|Coaxial weapon|| 7.62 mm MG DT|
35 x 60 rounds
|General Ingame Information|
|Seat 2|| 7.62 mm MG DT|
45 x 60 rounds
This is an updated version of T-34/57 with Model 1942 turret.
In 1943 the order followed again to begin mass production of T-34-57, because of the appearance of new German tanks, Tiger and Panther, which couldn't be easily penetrated by T-34/76's 76 mm F-34 cannnon. At this time, it was equipped with modified gun ZIS-4M (the main differences were unified shutter, simpler semiautomatic loading mechanism and mount of clunch in the cradle). Also new more powerful projectile was manufactured, capable of piercing 96 mm of armour at a distance of 1000 m. Several guns were destroyed during trials, but the production wasn't curtailed. Yet only three tanks were sent to the front in the 100th special tank company. From August 15 to September 5, the tanks were on front-line trials.
Mass production of the modified T-34-57 was not deployed. In autumn of 1943, 85-mm guns received higher priority, so all work on the 57 mm ZIS was soon recultaied. Nevertheless, the production of cannons continued in 1944.