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HG7021 ISU-152 Tank Destroyer Chinese PLA Artillery Regiment

The ISU-152 was a Soviet Self-Propelled gun produced in 1943 and nicknamed “Zverboy (The Beast)”. It had no turret making it necessary to maneuver the entire tank. One of the best uses for it was as a Tank Destroyer waiting to ambush German vehicles. The ISU-152 was also used in fire support as long as it was accompanied by heavily armored vehicles. The BL-10 main gun wasn’t always accurate and slow to aim but it did cause terrific damage if its shell hit the target.

In 1955 the Soviet 39th Army 7th Mechanized Division left Manchuria after ten years of occupation leaving behind their tanks. The 190th Division of the PLA was ordered to gather all the equipment left behind. Among the equipment were 137 T-34/85 along with a few T-54s, 22 IS-2 Heavy Tanks, 24 SU-100, 67 ISU-152, 23 armored vehicles, 110 artillery pieces and 878 motor vehicles. The newly formed 1st Mechanical Division received 45 of the ISU-152. Two examples of the ISU-152 TD are on display at the CPLA Museum in Beijing.

Specifications for ISU-152
Variants
ISU-152 produced 1943 ISU-152-2 produced 1944 ISU-152 model 1945 ISU-152K produced 1956 ISU-152M produced 1959
Crew – 4 or 5
Dimensions
Length – 9.18 m (30 ft 1 in) Width – 3.07 m (10 ft 1 in) Height – 2.48 m (8 ft 2 in)
Weight – 47.3 metric tons (53 U.S, Tons)
Powerplant
ISU-152 - V-2IS diesel engine, 520 hp (382 kW) ISU-152-K - V-54K diesel engine 520 hp (382 kW)
Speed
ISU-152 - 30 km/h (19 mph) on road, 15-20 km/h cross terrain ISU-152 model 1945, ISU-152K, ISU-152M - 40 km/h (on road)
Range
ISU-152 - 120 km (cross terrain) (with internal fuel tanks), 170 km (on a road) (maximum) (with internal fuel tanks) ISU-152K, ISU-152M - 220 km on road (with two external fuel tanks) 670 km on road (with internal fuel tanks) Main Armament
ISU-152 - 152.4 mm ML-20S gun-howitzer (18 rounds) ISU-152-2 - 152.4 mm BL-8 or BL-10 gun (21 rounds) ISU-152 model 1945 - 152.4 mm ML-20SM model 1944 gun-howitzer (20 rounds)
Secondary Armament
ISU-152, ISU-152-2, ISU-152K - 12.7 x 108 mm DShK anti-aircraft machine gun (200 rounds) ISU-152, ISU-152-2 - (300 rounds) ISU-152K, ISU-152M - 12.7 x 108 mm DshKM anti-aircraft machine gun (300 rounds) ISU-152 model 1945 - 12.7 x 108 mm DShK anti-aircraft machine gun (300 rounds) 12.7 x 108 mm DShK co-axial machine gun