KV-2 mod. 1940

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The KV-2 mod. 1940 in the Garage.

The KV-2 mod. 1940 is a gift Rank III Russian heavy tank with a battle rating of 4.3. It was introduced during Update 1.57 "Battle March" and was available to be obtained during the 2016 "Chronicles of World War II" after completing 14 "Tank Tasks". It is a modernized version of the KV-2 mod. 1939 with a more streamlined turret shape.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

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General play style

The KV-2 is a modification of the KV-1 that mounted a 152 mm howitzer in order to provide support to infantry against fortified positions. The large heavy turret, necessary to mount the 152mm howitzer, results in a slow traverse time. Its gun is an effective breach weapon, designed against fortifications. Despite effective usage, very few were made, with the majority being lost due to breakdowns.

In-game, the KV-2 is a behemoth of a tank, which players fear due to the mighty punch it packs. It can be used to efficiently dispatch almost any ground targets, many times in a single shot. The best way to take advantage of this tank is through peek-a-boom tactics, and staying behind others. Roll forward, take your shot, and then pull back for the over half-minute reload time, and then repeat. Make sure to plan your route ahead of time make sure to avoid large distances in the open, this is a slow moving tank with a large profile making it an easy target for long barreled guns. Mobility is not a strength of this tank with slow acceleration coupled with a low hull traverse and gun elevation/depression, these aspects of the tank make close range brawling a bad idea. As for top speed in a straight line on flat ground this tank can achieve 30 km/h. The KV-2 is best used in medium to long range, or in close combat with a second squad mate, where if you fail to kill a target you can seek cover to reload. It's almost always advisable to be with friendly tanks when taking out the KV-2, because of it's long reload. As for the armour you can bounce shots but don't rely on your armour to save you, since the enemy its faces can pierce its armour even at range. Don't forget that in the half-minute period between your shots enemy tanks can shot you 2 or more times.

The gun on this tank is what makes it special, the 152 mm howitzer is capable of destroying any tank in the game (OF-530), and many with a single hit. Most times even if a shot does not kill the target, it will damage it enough to force the foe to disengage. High Explosive is the preferred shell able to kill almost any tank in a single shot. In order to accomplish this aim for the roof of a tank or under it and let the fragment penetrate the roof/floor. The shockwave is powerful enough to rip through up to 75mm of armour, and has a huge blast radius. You can, and will, kill tanks such as Tigers and IS-1s with the KV-2. Again: The greatest weakness of this tank is it extremely long reload time leaving you a sitting duck for long periods of time. Basically, the strategy is to come out aim carefully at closest target and fire, and then pull back behind cover or friendly tanks. This cannot be said enough. Albeit being a heavy tank, it must rely on cover by other threats to scare the enemy away or force them to shoot another target.

A surprised and unangled KV-2 with line-of-sight armour thickness. Even in this state the KwK40 (Panzer 4) will have problems penetrating at ranges >500m
(This image is for the KV-2 mod. 1939, but it is quite similar)

This behemoth is lovingly referred to by the following
"the barn"
"the mountain"
"nuclear death cannon"
"Ahh COME ON!"
"HURRY WITH THAT RELOAD!"
"The Tower of Stalin"
"тнe haиd of Sтaliи"
"King of Deep"
"Troll Cannon"
"Fridge"
"The King of Derp"
"Tsar Bomba"

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

The target lead indicator make the slow, but long range penetrating PB-35 a destructive force to be afraid of. On more open maps like Karelia and Carpathians the KV-2 can hang back (mostly due its speed) and snipe of unsuspecting targets, while being itself mostly immune to return fire. Yet, the maps are smaller benefitting the low shell velocity, but also the enemy medium tanks who will have it much easier to get juicy shots into your side. Situational awareness is the key to victory or rather survival.
Using binoculars is recommended when driving this vehicle. Keep the turret in a well angled position while scouting for targets with your glasses or normal eyesight. The usual fighting ranges exceed 600m and without aim assistance getting hits with this howitzer are rare. Exceptions are town fights, but close quarter combat is not recommended for a lone KV-2. A case could be made to focus on the OF-530 HE shell on long ranges. Not to kill the enemy, but to track them and fire at them. Do not forget: G-530 and OF-530 share the same ballistics, if one hits the other one is likely to hit in the same wide area.
Using binoculars is recommended when driving this vehicle. Keep the turret in a well angled position while scouting for targets with your glasses or normal eyesight. The usual fighting ranges exceed 600m and without aim assistance getting hits with this howitzer are rare. Exceptions are town fights, but close quarter combat is not recommended for a lone KV-2. A case could be made to focus on the OF-530 HE shell on long ranges. Not to kill the enemy, but to track them and fire at them. Do not forget: G-530 and OF-530 share the same ballistics, if one hits the other one is likely to hit in the same wide area.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Getting close: Probably the most difficult part, if spotted a 40 kg shell with your name and address is coming for you. Thus sneaking up, or attacking from outside the KV-2's field of view is advised. Of course after the HE-trash-can has left the barrel a window of opportunity and hope will open up for you. With moving up and aiming two shots can be placed on the moving Soviet tower tank. An attack route from the side or rear is preferable, not only are you hidden, but the turret traverse is so awful on the KV-2 that it will not have the time to react fast enough. Just make sure to hit, or you are in a world of pain as soon™ as it tank gets its chassis traverse to speed.

Blue = bad, Red = Shoot me!

Shooting: Targets should be the gunner (right side) to stop the loading process (yes, weird mechanic) and the loader (left and right) to reduce loading time. If shooting HE filled AP shells two penetrating hits will often take out the gun breach as well, stopping reload and return fire ability entirely. The easiest way of performing these hits is via the turret ring which will always not be angled at certain parts from the front. If APHE shells hit below the side hull, it will possibly detonate the main storage of ammunition, resulting in a one-shot kill. If that is not the case the gunner, commander, cannon breech, loader, and ammunition and turret ring will be damaged or wounded.
Shooting a KV-2 from the side is much easier, just one massive turret reaching into the sky. But do not shoot anywhere! The tracks will often eat shots and most KV-2 drivers are by now smart enough to not fully load up their KV-2, leaving the rear turret empty of shells.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Huge howitzer, dealing high damage with incredible force
  • Fear factor, the sight of this behemoth tends to send smaller tanks fleeing in terror
  • Acceptable armour, especially for its rank
  • Able to destroy higher rank tanks
  • Bouncy hull and turret, the chassis may effectively absorb shots as well
  • Many experienced tank drivers would dread the characteristic, map-echoing sound of the 152 mm howitzer being fired
  • As is the case with all Russian 152 mm armed tanks, the KV-2 can one shot any tank or tank destroyer in the game with a single HE shell to the turret or rear hull.
  • Has the armour of the KV-1 which will stop most Pz.III and Pre T-34-57 shots
  • Has premium RP and SL rewards

Cons:

  • Long reload, resulting in difficult 1-on-1 fights since missing gives the enemy an opportunity to kill you.
  • Slow rotation speed of the turret means that flank attacks are difficult to respond to.
  • Tall turret is very vulnerable from the side and difficult to hide.
  • If more than 19 rounds loaded ammo racks in the side of the turret means that most penetrating shots to the side of the turret are lethal.
  • A characteristic trait of Soviet tanks, the KV-2 has terrible gun depression, worse when compared to other Soviet tanks
  • Driver's viewport is a juicy weak spot, easily exploitable by experienced players
  • Has a tendency, although a rare but dreaded occurrence, to overshoot targets at close range when using the sights
  • Large silhouette

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 152 mm M-10T Howitzer (36 Rounds)
2 x 7.62 mm DT machine gun (3,780 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 152 mm M-10T Howitzer
  • Ammunition Capacity: 36 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 12°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 3.6°/s (Stock), 4.9°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 43.3s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 152 mm M-10T Howitzer
  • Ammunition Capacity: 36 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 12°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 3.6°/s (Stock), 4.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 43.3s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 152 mm M-10T Howitzer
  • Ammunition Capacity: 36 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 12°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 3.6°/s (Stock), 4.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 43.3s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
G-530 125 122 112 101 91 82 AC 530 40 1.5 15 5,100 +4° 42° 27° 19°
OF-530 54 54 54 54 54 54 HE 530 40 0.1 0.5 6,860 +0° 11° 10°
PB-35 132 130 124 118 112 107 APCBC 436 51 1.5 15 6,510 +4° 42° 27° 19°
Ammo types
  • G-530 (AC)
    The "Anti-Concrete" round has the same speed as the HE shell with decent amount of penetration for nearly all era III tanks. In ranges greater than 1000m, the OF-530 shell should be loaded to effectively deal with any vehicle including heavy tanks. Compared to the PB-35, it has much greater speed, improving long range accuracy.
  • OF-530 (HE)
    The shell to rule them all. This nasty, unusually large bugger weighs 40 kg and with 75mm of shrapnel penetration will kill any armoured vehicle in game if the roof armour or belly armour is struck. However if the shell fails to hit its mark, then most frontal armours will eat the shell. Aiming either at the bottom turret part, or cheek of the turret (hits driver's roof) or under the tank (to hit the soft belly) will bring the most satisfactory results aka one-shots.
  • PB-35 (APCBC)
    The shell with the most penetration on all ranges and the one with the worst accuracy, given due its abysmal slow velocity of 436 m/s (975 mph). Thus it is not advised to be used, except in close range combat.
Ammo racks
Ammo rack of KV-2
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
36 32 (+4) 27 (+9) 20 (+16) (+35) Turret empty: 27 (+9) Yes

Secondary armaments

1 x 7.62 mm DT machine gun (coaxial) 1 x 7.62 mm DT machine gun (Rear machine gun port)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader 1
  • Loader 2
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver

Total: 6 Crew members

Crew locations

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 75 mm (30°) Front plate
70 mm (70°) Front glacis
75 mm (26-58°) Lower glacis
75 mm 60 mm (3-86°) Top
70 mm (11-58°) Bottom
35 mm Front
30 mm Rear
Turret 75 mm Front turret
70 + 75 mm (2-41°) Gun mantlet
75 mm 75 mm
45 mm (2-49°) Machine gun port
40 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick, torsion bars are 20 mm thick, and tracks are 30 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 52.4 ton

Max Speed: 36 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 775 hp @ 1900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 14.79 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 954 hp @ 1900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 18.21 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 52.4 ton

Max Speed: 34 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 531 hp @ 1900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.13 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 600 hp @ 1900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.45 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 52.4 ton

Max Speed: 34 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 531 hp @ 1900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.13 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 600 hp @ 1900 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.45 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

Since this has premium rewards, all modifications are unlocked and installed. __MODIFICATIONS__

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The start of the KV heavy tanks began after the heavy tank T-35 flaws came to light. Designers were ordered to draw up new designs to become the basis of a breakthrough heavy tank needed for the Soviet doctrine. This made for a tank that was heavily armoured, but not very mobile as it was to be for siege warfare. The designs offered all had heavy armour, wide tracks, and used the torsion-bar suspension. The designs were the SMK, T-100, and what would be the KV-1 tank, which was named after the then Soviet Defense Commissar Kliment Voroshilov.

During the developmental progress, the prototypes of all these heavy tanks were made and the Winter War with Finland was on its way. The Soviets sent these tanks into Finland for combat testing, to which the KV design outperform in every way with its superior armour and firepower. The armour on the KV tank was impenetrable by an tank cannon in service and most anti-tank guns as well, the 76.2 cannon also gave it a huge firepower boost compared to the usual 37 mm in use by other countries. However, the design was found to be difficult to steer, the transmission was unreliable, ergonomics was poor and vision was limited, plus with its 45 ton weight, it was a very heavy tank for its time. In truth, while formidable in power and protection, courageous crew member willing to curse the name would speak out about the trouble the KV tank really was. The main variant of production before World War II broke out was the KV-1 model.

KV-2

Despite its superiority on the battlefield, some observed that the KV-1's armament was not enough to destroy some of the Finnish fortifications that they encountered. For this, a request to mount a 152 mm howitzer on the KV-1 was made, and resulted in the KV-2 with its extremely large turret and an increased weight of 52 tons. The KV-2 suffered from a very high profile, low speed, and was too turret heavy. Compared to the KV-1 height of about 9 feet, the KV-2 was at 11 ft. tall. The increased weight of the tank slowed it down drastically, and the very heavy turret mixed with a low-powered traverse speed meant that the KV-2 can only traverse on level ground, as a slope would cause the turret to start turning with gravity. The combat ineffectiveness and flaws of the KV-2 came to light, and was only put on limited production due to them, resulting in only about 334 units being produced from 1939 to 1941.

Combat Usage

During the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa, the KV tanks came as a huge surprise from the Germans as they had no prior intel about these tanks, resulting in a lack of capable anti-tank weapons that could destroy these tanks aside from 88 mm Flak guns. The KV-2 served alongside the KV-1 in stalling the German Offensive to Moscow. During the Battle of Raseiniai, in Lithuania, a single KV-2 was able to hold up the entire 6th Panzer Divison for a full day by firing at them from a concealed location before it ran out of ammunition, ending with about two dozen tanks destroyed.

Due to the low quantity of KV-2 produced, they didn't see much service past the opening stages of the war due to loss from attrition or mechanical failures, however 10 were still in service with the Voronezh Front on 4 July 1943 for the battle of Kursk. These were transferred to the 3rd Mech Corps on 9 July, and by 18 July only 1 was left serviceable - 5 were destroyed on 12 July, and 4 are recorded as being in repair from 13 July. [1]

Survivors

Only one KV-2 is left intact as a survivor of the war, it is housed at the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow.

Screenshots and fan art

Images

KV-2 at the Moscow Central Armed Forces Museum.
Comparison between the 1939 and the 1940 variant

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] New additions to the KV-2 series

Obtainable events

The KV-2 1940 was only available in the 2016 WW2 Chronicles, unlocked after completing 14 "Tank Tasks".

References

  1. Link, open at your own discression! Source provided by‎ user Stalins Organ. US Army Center for Strategy and Force Evaluation - detailed day-day analysis of formation strengths at Kursk - both sides. 12mb PDF download

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