SU-76M 5th Guards Cavalry Corps

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This page is for the gift version of the SU-76M, if you are looking for the regular one, see SU-76M.


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General info

The SU-76M of the 5th Guards Cavalry Corps in the Garage.

The SU-76M 5th Guards Cavalry Corps is a gift Rank II Soviet tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB) and 2.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory". The vehicle was gifted in only a few events, the latest being the Tanker's Day celebration in 2017.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The finest example of a so-called “glass cannon“, SU-76M is a small, nimble SPG, but its strongest trait is its gun – the 76.2 mm (3‘‘) ZiS-3 possesses a good rate of fire, is able to frontally penetrate and destroy any opposition at the given BR spread, and its shrapnel round is extremely effective against self-propelled anti-aircraft guns and other lightly armoured vehicles, making the HE shell somewhat redundant.

Vehicle characteristics

As is common with Tank Destroyers, the SU-76M needs to be used with care. Not only does it not have a rotating turret, it has an open top and practically no protection from behind. Therefore, when an engagement's complexity evolves and the Su-76 is surrounded, there is little that can be done to survive. One well placed hit to its rear will knock out a good part of the exposed crew, even machine guns can do the job of eliminating both loader and gunner. Therefore, it is crucial to remain at a distance from the enemy, perhaps even seek the cover of trees for protection against low-level attack aircraft, and to only ever give the front side to an enemy. The fact that this vehicle does not have a turret not only means that it is not effective when fighting more mobile enemies attempting to flank, it also means that placing your armour at an angle is not a viable strategy to increase relative armour thickness and stay more protected, since the gun's limits for horizontal traverse mean that any significant angle of the hull towards an enemy will make make it harder to keep the enemy in sight. What can be done is to fire a shot and, immediately after, angle the hull whilst reloading, to then return to facing the enemy to fire another shot. However, hiding whilst reloading is the most sensible choice.

Tactics

That being said, use your mobility and low profile to play a highly-mobile ambusher. Find a spot, conceal yourself as much as possible, and wait for the enemy to move into your sights. Then take couple of shots and immediately relocate, thus preventing the enemy returning fire. Alternatively, you can engage already occupied enemy vehicles, and support your team from the second line.

The gun in itself is what makes the SU-76M a good vehicle, all its other characteristics are less than impressive. The variety of ammunition is a definite pro for this SPG, its APCR and HEAT shells being effective even at higher tiers, giving this humble tank destroyer the ability to down mightier tanks like the Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf. H1.

Overall, the Su-76M is to be played defensively, with the ability to carry out some sneaky, cautious flanks if given a decent opportunity, but it should never get into prolonged fighting up close. A two-versus-one situation is very unfavourable for this vehicle.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Good gun.
  • Good selection of ammunition.
  • decent HE filler in the AP shell.
  • Mobile.

Cons

  • Open topped.
  • weak armour, can be vulnerable to SPAAs.
  • Gun performs poor at long ranges.
  • vulnerable to strafing fighters.
  • Easy prey when uptiered; much capable vehicles, such as the Pz.IV F2, StuG III F, and Pz.IIIm are within the BR reach.
  • vulnerable to HE shells.

Specifications

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Armament

1 x 76 mm ZiS-3 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 60 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -3°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 4.2°/s (Stock), 5.8°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 9.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76 mm ZiS-3 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 60 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -3°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 4.2°/s (Stock), 4.9°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 9.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76 mm ZiS-3 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 60 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -3°
  • Gun Elevation: 25°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 4.2°/s (Stock), 4.9°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 9.0s (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%
BR-350A 80 78 71 63 56 50 APHEBC 665 6.3 0.15 10 150 +4° 42° 27° 19°
BR-350B 98 95 87 77 68 60 APHEBC 680 6.3 0.9 15 108.8 +4° 42° 27° 19°
BR-350SP 105 104 85 69 57 46 APBC 680 6.8 N/A N/A N/A +4° 42° 27° 19°
BR-350P 135 130 92 60 39 26 APCR 950 3.0 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 24° 22° 18°
BP-350A 80 80 80 80 80 80 HEAT 355 5.3 0.1 0.1 623 +0° 28° 21° 17°
OF-350M 13 13 13 13 13 13 HE 680 6.2 0.05 0.1 621 +0° 11° 10°
Sh-354T 37 35 29 25 20 17 Shrapnel 680 6.2 0.5 8.0 85 +0° 28° 21° 17°
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
D-350A Smoke 680 6.5 13 5 20 50
Ammo racks
Ammo rack layout.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
60 46 (+14) 31 (+29) 16 (+44) (+59) yes

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 mm 15 mm 15 mm 7 mm
Superstructure 25 mm 10 mm 15 mm N/A

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • The rear superstructure does not cover the entire crew compartment.

Modules and improvements

As a premium vehicle, the modules are all already unlocked for use.

History of creation and combat usage

Development

During the interwar years, the development of self-propelled artillery was practically nonexistent in the Soviet Union. Those few projects, based on the chassis of T-26 light tank, such as SU-1, AT-1 or SU-26, were eventually cancelled, and the Red Army entered the Second World War entirely without a dedicated self-propelled gun.

The situation changed after the German invasion in 1941, and vehicles such as the SU-152 or SU-122, based on the KV-1 and T-34 tanks respectively, were developed. In November 1942, the State Defense Committee then ordered the production of a light self-propelled gun, built on the chassis of a light tank and armed with a 76.2 mm gun. The T-70 light tank chassis was chosen, as the other light tanks, the T-50 and T-60, was already out of production. The chassis had to be modified for this role, so it was lengthened and had one additional pair of road wheels added to the design. The armament, the 76.2 mm divisional M1942 gun (also designated ZiS-3), was mounted in a fully enclosed case mate. The gun was positioned at the rear, with the transmission being mounted frontally.

The vehicle was designated SU-76 (Samokhodnaya Ustanovka, “Self-Propelled Gun“), and the production was issued to the No.38 Factory in Kirov and started in December 1942. However, after only a couple of hundred vehicles were produced, the production was halted due to serious mechanical problems and other issues. The power train consisted of two GAZ-202 automobile engines, with each powering one track. However, there was no synchronization gear, so the driver has to control both engines simultaneously, which was an extremely difficult task. This arrangement also caused strong vibrations, which were the cause of frequent engine and transmission failures. The second biggest issue was the enclosed crew compartment, as it was very cramped and offered only a little space for crew members to work properly. The vehicle thus had to be modified, firstly the roof of the crew compartment was removed, improving the access to the gun. The power train was also changed, receiving the more powerful GAZ-203 engines, each producing 85 horsepower, which were now mounted in tandem on the right side of the vehicle, propelling a single drive-shaft. The modified vehicle was designated SU-76M, and its production was resumed in early 1943. More than 14,000 SU-76M’s were produced between 1942-1945, making it the second most produced armoured vehicle in Soviet Union after the T-34 tank.

Combat usage

In its intended role, the SU-76M replaced earlier infantry support tanks and was very welcome to Soviet infantry units as it provided them with a light and mobile universal support weapon. The vehicle was meant to be part of three battlefield roles - a light assault gun, a mobile tank destroyer, or a mobile artillery gun as the weapon could be fired indirectly at a range of 17 km. The vehicle was fairly lightweight and produced low ground pressure, enabling it to pass through terrain unsuitable for heavier vehicles. Tts gun could utilize multitude of ammunition types, aside from standard high explosive ammunition, it could use fragmentation, shrapnel, incendiary and smoke rounds. As a tank destroyer, the gun was sufficient against German light and medium tanks such as Panzer III or Panzer IV. The introduction of the APCR and HEAT rounds then enabled SU-76M units to engage even heavier Panther and Tiger tanks with some success, though crew manuals instructed the gunner to try to hit the tracks or gun barrels before these rounds were made.

The vehicle also proved itself effective in an urban environment, where it was used as an assault gun for direct fire against enemy strong points and fortifications. The open-topped casemate made the crew vulnerable to snipers and hand grenades, but it also made the communication between vehicle commander and any accompanying infantry easier. Plus, it was found that the open compartment actually helps against the German infantry anti-tank weapon Panzerfaust, where a closed space would ensure the death of the crew members from the blast concussion amplified in the closed space. The SU-76M's low ground pressure from its weight made it one of the only Soviet vehicles able to operate in swampy terrain, which was extremely helpful during the Belarus Campaign in 1944, allowing the vehicle to attack through swamps in raids. This allowed the Soviets to bypass German defensive areas on more suitable terrain with support of an assault gun accompanying the light infantry. This vehicle was commanded by the units of the 5th Guards Cavalry Corp, equipping it with the necessary camouflage paint and insignias consistent with their unit. The 5th Guards were created in November 20, 1942 and consisted of the 11th and 12th Guards 'Don' Cossack Cavalry Division and the 63rd Cavalry Division. These were ordered to support the Transcaucasus Front and so participated in the Iassy-Kishinev Offensive, Battle of Debrecen, Budapest Offensive, and the Vienna Offensive.

After the end of World War II, the SU-76M was phased out of production, but many of them were exported to other countries, such as China, Cuba, North Korea, North Vietnam or Czechoslovakia, where they would be used in conflicts such as the Korean and Vietnam War against the US and their allies.

Survivors

Due to the large quantity produced and usage after World War II, many are found in intact conditions today in various locations around the world. Some could even be found as war monuments for the Soviet and German memorials.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the SU-76M from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

Obtainable events

  • The SU-76M was first made available during the 2015 WW2 Chronicles as a prize between May 5 to May 12.
  • It was made available again in September 2015 during the "Tanker's Day Specials!" as a reward during the event.
  • In 2017, the SU-76M was once again made available during the Victory Day Tournament spanning between May 5 to May 10, available to the top 200 players in the tournament.
  • In the September 2017 "Happy tanker’s day!" event, the 5th SU-76M was available alongside the ★M3 Lee to be obtained after five victories with Rank III or higher vehicles.

References


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Icon-country-sov.png SU-76M 5th Guards Cav. Corps
Nation USSR
Type Tank destroyer
Rank 2
Battle Rating
2.7
2.3
2.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
10,500 kg
23,148 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
25/15/15/7 mm
0.98/0.59/0.59/0.27 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
199 hp
124 hp
124 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
245 hp
140 hp
140 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
18.95
19.26
11.81
12.00
11.81
12.00
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
23.33
23.71
13.33
13.55
13.33
13.55
Max speed
44 km/h
27.2 mph
40 km/h
25.0 mph
40 km/h
25.0 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 76 mm ZIS-3 Cannon
Ammo stowage 60 rounds
Vertical guidance -3°/25°
Horizontal guidance -15°/15°
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 4,700 SL
Max repair cost*
940 SL
1,220 SL
1,220 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
1h 04m
2h 08m
1h 48m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
21m
42m
36m
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