:rofl: n July 1941, Stalin learned of a single KV-II that had held off the entire 6th Panzer Division for more than a day. With the incredible success of this single tank, Stalin ordered a crash program for a land battleship based on the KV-II design. It was to have three turrets and be very heavily armed and armored and able to defend itself against all types of attack. The project was given to the joint team of Kotin/Barkov. When the designers complained to Stalin that the insistence on three turrets made the vehicle too long to have an acceptable turning radius, Stalin's answer was: "It doesn't need to turn, it will drive straight to Berlin." The final design became known as the KV-VI "Behemoth". The KV-VI was a multi-turreted tank using components of the KV-I and II, Bt-5, T-60, and T-38. The use of existing tank designs was necessary because of pressure from Stalin and the strains put on Soviet industry by the German invasion. Because of its massive weight, the tank was equipped with wading devices permitting it to traverse rivers up to 9 feet deep. The team also designed a removable observation tower that could be used to direct the fire of the howitzers and rockets while the tank was in a turret down position.
Crew: 15 men and one Commissar Length: 51 feet, 4 inches Height: 15 feet, 3 inches Width: 10 feet, 10 inches Height/tower raised: 37 feet, 8 inches Weight: 138 tons Engine: 3 X V-2 at 600 horsepower each Max Speed: 13 mph Max Range: 98 miles road; 43 miles cross country Armor: 160mm maximum; 7mm minimum Armament: 2 X 152mm; 2 X 76.2mm; 1 X 45mm; 2 X 12.7mm DShK; 2 X 7.62mm Maxim; 14 X 7.62mm DT; 16 X BM-13 Rockets; 2 X Model 1933 Flamethrowers
The first prototype was completed in December 1941 and was rushed into the defense of Moscow. In its first action during a dense winter fog, the rear turret accidentally fired into the center turret. The resulting explosion completely destroyed the vehicle. The second prototype was completed in January 1942, and was sent to the Leningrad front. This one had indicators installed to show when another turret was in the line of fire. In its initial attack on the Germans, the tank broke in half when crossing a ravine. A spark ignited the leaking flamethrower fuel and the resulting explosion completely destroyed the vehicle. The third prototype, shown here, had a reinforced hull and was also sent to the Leningrad front in early 1942. It did manage to shoot down three German aircraft. In its first ground engagement, the KV-VI was firing on German positions when coincidentally all of the guns fired from the 3 O'Clock position a the same time. The tremendous recoil tipped the tank into a ditch and the severe jostling set off the 152mm ammunition, which completely destroyed the vehicle. After these failures, Stalin cancelled the project, and many of the design team members spent the rest of their lives in the Gulags of Sibera
Its such an good story though lol!
I love the "It doesn't need to turn, it will drive straight to Berlin." quote!
It would be fun to use it, but not in a game like FH2. in something a bit less serious if you know what i mean.
I've defected to the Pies
13th August 2004
It's a fake. The only known references of this "tank" (more like ship on tracks...jeez) are that picture (made by the author) and those EXACT words. There is NO other information ever heard of about this tank. So it won't be in FH2 unless someone goes ahead with an FH2SW.
*TRA* Spsk. Pilotka VVS
22nd June 2005
Jumjum researched it and found it was fake.
25th September 2004
It may be a fake, but I heard Fuzzy Bunny and Yossarian were building one together in Mexico.
Anti tank dogs are true and funny!
GF Pwns Me!
1st December 2004
Why bother with a fake when we can just toss in the real thing - the T-35, with five turrets? At least it saw combat.
16th September 2002
The T-35 was a disaster though, no? and only, like, three were made, I thought.
Anyway, yes, obvious fake. It's a cobbled together tank with KV-1, KV-2, BT-7, and what I think are T-26 and T-60 turrets glued on. Oh, plus the Katyusha rocket rack. Incidentally, if that thing turned all its guns and gave a "broadside", it'd probably flip over.