Welcome to the 12th edition of Ensign’s Q&A, where you ask questions, and I answer them. The previous edition can be found here.
Q: Is there anything in Soviet archived indicating what the Soviet troops though of German tanks as far as comfort was concerned?
A: The PzIII is indicated several times as being fairly luxurious (as far as tanks go), and well liked by commanders that used them as command vehicles (once the radios have been replaced, of course).
Q: Would the M3 Lee be better in WoT if it could use the 37 mm gun instead of the 75 mm gun?
A: While the Americans did make a pretty mean 37 mm gun, it is only capable of combating tier 5 vehicles at very close range. And those are uparmoured in the game. If the Lee only had its 37 mm gun, it would be rather inadequate as a tier 4 vehicle.
Q: The Soviets made various large caliber autocannons for their ground attack aircraft. The 37 mm autocannon we have in game is a derivative of the NS-37 autocannon, so were there any plans to put the NS-45 or NS-57 autocannon on tanks? Was there even an NS-57?
A: I have not read anything that would suggest a 45 mm autocannon be mounted on tanks. The caliber was quite obsolete by the middle of WWII, and its only advantages were that it could be used to make very light AT guns and tank guns. Since the production of the last Soviet tank armed with a 45 mm gun ended in 1943, the same year the NS-45 was designed, the two never met up.
I have not read of a 57 mm autocannon designed specifically by Nudelman and Suranov, but the Soviets did have a 57 mm S-60 AA autocannon proposed as an armament option for the PT-76. The SU-76 also had an unnamed 57 mm autocannon (possibly also the S-60, but doubtful) planned for it. Overlord talks about it here.
Q: Were any SU-18s ever built? The Russian Wikipedia says no, but the English one says yes.
A: My book (Soviet Self Propelled Guns 1923-1941, Solyankin et al) says that an SPG armed with a 76.2 mm cannon on the chassis of an MS-1 tank was fully developed, and results of the development showed that it was impractical to place a gun and crew on the chassis, but it does not specifically say if one was ever built or not.
Q: Do you have any information on the 85 mm LB-1 (formely ZiS-8)?
A: It was an experimental high velocity gun that was proposed for the IS-5 project. They proved inferior in performance to the 100 mm guns, and thus were not further developed.
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