IS-2 in Nationale Volksarmee

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Mannet
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IS-2 in Nationale Volksarmee

Post by Mannet » 01 Oct 2021 06:09

Hi,
Are there any photos of IS-2 tanks belongings to Kasernierte Volkspolizei or Nationale Volksarmee? in Bestimmungsbuch der NVA is mentioned, that they were used by DDR forces... Only what I found is this on Bestimmungsbuch:

http://www.militaertechnik-der-nva.de/B ... IS-II.html

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Re: IS-2 in Nationale Volksarmee

Post by Tamari » 01 Oct 2021 14:05

Hi Mannet,

I asked a friend of mine who has a good knowledge about NVA issues especially about the used vehicles. He had no clue.

In my opinion the link which you have mentioned is quite critical. There are some vehicles which were never connected to the GDR's Nationale Volksarmee like the Czech DANA artillery system or the latest russian KOALITZIA artillery system which is not in troop service right now in the modern Russian armed forces.

So I believe that the IS-2 was not integrated into the Kasernierte Volkspolizei and its successor NVA.

Best regards
Robert

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Re: IS-2 in Nationale Volksarmee

Post by Tamari » 14 Oct 2021 23:32

Sorry Mannet,

it seems that I was wrong.

In a book of former NVA officers about Panzerregiment 1 (1. Motorisierte Schützendivision) it is claimed that this unit had some IS-2 tanks.

http://leseprobe.steffen-verlag.de/zand ... age17.html

Same here:

https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzerr ... f%E2%80%9C

Best regards
Robert

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Re: IS-2 in Nationale Volksarmee

Post by Knouterer » 15 Oct 2021 08:23

According to Walter Spielberger et al, Die Kampfpanzer der NVA, the KVP from 1949 had some T-34/76 tanks, besides SU-76 self-propelled guns and BA-64 armoured cars. From October 1952 IS-2 tanks were supplied by the Soviets as well, 47 in all.

After the NVA was founded in March 1956, these were taken over, and (partly) equipped two tank regiments, but no additional ones were procured and in 1958 they were taken out of operational units and only used for training, until 1963 when the last were mustered out and put on shooting ranges as targets. At one point it was intended to convert some to recovery vehicles but that didn't happen. Apparently the NVA considered replacing them with T-10M tanks but by that time heavy tanks were going out of fashion.
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