Soviet 203 mm Howitzer M1931 (B-4) field gun and crew, Moscow, Russia, 1 Oct 1941

Caption   Soviet 203 mm Howitzer M1931 (B-4) field gun and crew, Moscow, Russia, 1 Oct 1941 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseRussian International News Agency
Identification Code   67349
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203 mm Howitzer M1931 (B-4)   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 1 Oct 1941
Photos at Same Place Moscow, Russia
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 3 May 2012

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1. Clayton says:
27 Jun 2014 12:14:43 PM

Ah yes, the huge 203mm B-3 Gun. Known otherwise as "Stalin's Sledgehammer". This huge gun was always near the front whenever something big was about to start. The German's would soon recognize this, and whenever they could detect the 203mm shells firing upon them, they would strengthen defenses in that sector. So, in order to hide the rounds from being detected, the soviets would use smaller caliber guns to shoot at a position. Then, by using geometry, they would take the coordinates of the smaller gun, then convert them over to the 203mm. In addition, other generic Soviet artillery would fire at the same time as the 203. This was in order to try and shroud the sound signature of this very distinct and loud cannon.

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