SU-100, Soviet tank destoyer -1 reply

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Major Hartmann

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#31 13 years ago

Low muzzle velocity means that the shell is in the air longer than normal, which makes it more responsive to wind and such stuff, greatly reducing accuracity, which already isn't great due to the short barrel length. Additionally hitting a moving target becomes more complicated. The HE shells of a 152mm are devestating, sure, but hitting a house isn't that big a problem compared to hitting a tank. Esp the house won't return fire, and you don't need a direct hit to cause trouble in there. The SU 152 was never intended as a tank destroyer, it was only just used in that role because the situation made it necessary to use every means available to stop the german heavy tanks. (Just like the 88mm Flak18 befor)