Avalancheon wrote: ↑
03 Dec 2018 16:45
Yeah, about that. I was reading the book, Demolishing the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka. Apparently, the 9th tank corps of the Central Front captured a Tiger tank at Kursk and did ballistics tests on it. The results are surprising.
''From the front target aspect, not a single shell from any of the guns, fired from a range of 2000 meters, was capable of penetrating the tanks frontal armor. At a range up to 400 meters, the 45mm shell can disable the armament and jam the turret. From a range up to 400 meters, the armor piercing 85mm shell penetrates to a depth of 12-13mm and remains embedded.''
So once again, the mystery deepens. Why were the results so different from the other tests? Maybe they were firing at the thicker armor of the mantlet, or were shooting at an oblique angle (unlikely)... How could the 85mm penetrate at 1000 meters and yet fail at 400 meters? The only thing I can think of is shatter gap!
I have no idea what the title of this report was, or who signed off on it. Its only identifier is: TsAMO RF NSB inv. No 9989, s. 89. My attempts to contact the author were unsuccessful.
Sorry everyone for resurrecting an old thread, but I have found important information relevant to this part here. A user on the russian speaking part of the Internet has posted scans of the very same report referenced in the book on his blog, which sparked quite a discussion in the comment section about the results obtained: https://rostislavddd.livejournal.com/37 ... w=13102454
Backup(scans only): https://imgur.com/a/q2BEXaD
I'm not gonna translate this because, even though I know russian, this writing is atrocious and the book pretty much sums it up with one but important exception: in the original it says not "12-13mm
" but "12-13cm
" which changes things completely. Since there are no thicknesses like these anywhere on the hull of the tank, we can only conclude that these shots were fired at the mantlet front which has thicknesses around 135-150mm in the central part.
Another mystery solved(?).