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Post by JTV » 10 May 2006 06:35

Steady wrote:Artillery tractor made from a JSU-152 tank? This vehicle is now in Parola armor museum, its gun reattached.
That is correct. This vehicle officially called ISU-152V was a Finnish captured ISU-152 assault gun modified as towing vehicle. Summer of 1944 Finnish Army captured two of these armoured vehicles and one of them (which had been damaged in fighting) was modified to this kind of towing vehicle. As you mentioned later its 152-mm howitzer was re-attached and now this vehicle on display in Armour Museum located in Parola. What I understand this vehicle was intended as a heavy salvage vehicle (for salvaging other damaged armoured vehicles), but calling it artillery tractor is close enough. The particular document could be called "design plan" or "concept drawing". I found it among "Armour Office" documents (of Finnish Armed Forces GHQ) in one of my visits to Finnish military archives (Sota-arkisto). While the later photographs of the actual vehicle reveal that all the details were not exactly like in this drawing it does list all the modifications needed to be made for the vehicle. The document also calls it KV-JS, which suggests that Finnish military may not have known the exact name of the vehicle that the Soviets were using at that time. Attached is bit larger version of this photo showing also the texts that were in it.

Texts with translations:
KV-JS:n muuttaminen traktoriksi = Modification of KV-JS as a tractor (towing vehicle)
Luonnos = draft
Vetolaitteen tulee soveltua sekä yhdellä että kahdella tangolla vetämiseen = The towing equipment must be suitable for towing with both one and two bars
Muutostyöt = modifications
1. 152 mm tykki poistetaan = removal of 152-mm gun
2. Eteen ja perään vetolaitteet = Towing equipment to front and back
3. Ajajan luukku suurennetaan = Enlargening of drivers hatch
4. Vaunuun asennetaan 20 mm it.ase = The vehicle will be armed with 20-mm anti-aircraft weapon (*)
5. Moottoriin tehdään äänenvaimennin jonka putket johdetaan maahan = Engine will be equipped with a muffler and the exhaust pipes will be lead toward the ground
6. Hinauksessa tarvittavat varusteet y.m. sijoitetaan = Correct places with be prepared for the equipment needed for the towing and other materials

(*) (in the end it got armed with 20-mm L-39 antitank rifle).

Over to you Steady.

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Post by Steady » 10 May 2006 14:02

Thank You, Jarkko.

During Finnish attack on Karelian Isthmus in 1941, when 152 mm Canet guns gave fire support to attacking troops, it sometimes happened that shots fell short. What was the mechanical cause of this phenomenon, other than human error?

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Post by Steady » 11 May 2006 16:24

Hint: the reason had to do with old Russian Empire-era ammunition.

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Post by Steady » 12 May 2006 18:06

Anwer: shells driving bands had weakened so they broke in the gun tube in some instances, and thus the shell lost some of its energy.

I let anyone post the next question.

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Post by Simes » 26 May 2006 14:05

I'll try one but i'm sure you guys will get it quickly.

Which former 'James Bond bad guy' volunteered to fight for Finland during the Winter War.

Obviously I want the actors name. :)

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Post by Harri » 26 May 2006 14:42

That's an easy one because everyone (?) in Finland know that he was the one and only Dracula Christopher Lee. He told it once self in an interview in Finnish TV. The Bond movie was "Man with the Golden Gun" if I remember the English name correctly.

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Post by Simes » 26 May 2006 17:16

I told you it was easy!!! :)

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Post by Harri » 26 May 2006 17:24

Yes, you did. :lol:

Here is the next question:

Who wan the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006?

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Post by Harri » 26 May 2006 17:37

No, no, no, sorry wrong question... :P

Here is the next question:

Which volunteer Finnish unit was formed on 6.12.1939?

Hint #1: It was never fully armed.

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Post by Zygmunt » 26 May 2006 21:14

Harri wrote:Which volunteer Finnish unit was formed on 6.12.1939?
LORDI!

Oh, no, wait.

Sorry, wrong answer.

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Post by Harri » 27 May 2006 11:20

Zygmunt wrote:LORDI!
Correct! Full points to Great Britain (and Poland)!!
Zygmunt wrote:Oh, no, wait. Sorry, wrong answer.
Too bad... :| But this is an easy one.

Hint #2: It was a Swedish speaking unit and was never on the front.

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Post by Mikko H. » 27 May 2006 11:27

Hmm... some sort of Ahvenanmaa home defense unit recruited from locals?

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Post by Harri » 27 May 2006 12:13

I'd say Mikko is "on the right tracks"...

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Post by Harri » 28 May 2006 19:01

Hint #3: Before the Winter War ended its strength was already 1.750 men.

Hint #4: Unit was commanded by Capt. A. Lindberg.

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 01 Jun 2006 21:27

Can we have more hints?

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