King Tiger vs IS-2: Operation Solstice 1945

King Tiger vs IS-2: Operation Solstice 1945


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King Tiger vs IS-2: Operation Solstice 1945 by David R. Higgins, Jim Laurier, Peter Dennis

As a prelude to the post-war concept of a single "main battle tank" design, vehicles during World War II tended to be categorized as light, medium, and heavy, depending on their use. In this last category, tanks had grown in size, weight, and firepower to counter ever-improving anti-tank weapon systems. This resulted in changes in tactics and doctrine to better integrate heavy armor into a combined arms system. This was especially true on the Eastern Front, where the open terrain promoted armor action and a rapid cycle of improvements. The Soviets were quick to develop vehicles that were able to fight the Tiger I on an equal footing by late 1943, such as the up-gunned T-34/85 and the self-propelled ISU-152s. Because the American T-26/M-26 Pershing arrived late in the war, and the British Centurion not at all, only the Soviet IS-2 serves as an example of a heavy design that was fielded in large battlefield numbers. The Soviet drive to cut off enemy forces in East Prussia during Operation Solstice (February 1945) is a prime example of this conflict. The Germans, had limited resources, and were strategically on the defensive, but enjoyed ever-shorter logistic distances as they retreated, and fought in an environment and terrain that played to the strengths of the technically-superior King Tiger. The IS-2 was lighter, more maneuverable, and far more numerous, and used these assets to its advantage. This battle, fought in the closing months of the war, depicts the classic late-war contrast between the military doctrines of Germany and the Soviet Union.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849084048
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Series: Duel Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 551,151
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

David R. Higgins attended the Columbus College of Art & Design, and received a BFA from Ohio State University and an MISM from Keller. In addition to the Roer River Battles he has written over twenty articles for magazines such as Strategy & Tactics, Armchair General, and World at War, as well as MCSGroup, a conflict simulation provider for the US Defense Department. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Im a tank expert i know all about all of the tanks like in the is,uk,girmane, all of it so here is some good info for free first the IS 2 was one of the best ussr tanks befor the IS 6 and IS 8 it was made many to save birland and other places It had sloped armor so not a lot can pen it and it had a 20mm gun and shots HE ronds as well i was in one befor man when your in that thing you fell like a god but its not that fast its top speed is 20 km at least Now some info