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HG7022 ISU-152 Tank Destroyer Polish People's Army (LWP),
13th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, Warsaw 1945

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.

Late in WWII the Polish People’s Army (LWP) formed a single ISU-122 unit called the 25th Self- Propelled Artillery Regiment. Do to the lack of ISU-152 the plan to form a regiment using this artillery was cancelled and a composite regiment, the 13th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment was completed. The 13th was made up of two batteries of SU-85 medium assault guns and two batteries of ISU-152 Tank Destroyers. The 13th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment took part in quelling the fighting in the Warsaw Uprising and then proceeded to Berlin.

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