June
23
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The Germans encounter the KV1

The Soviet KV1 heavy tank was more than a match for any German tank in 1941.

The Germans had assessed the fighting ability of the Russian army as very poor. They had not been impressed with the quality of Soviet equipment they saw when they carved up Poland, nor had the Soviets performed well during the Winter War with Finland. Stalin had systematically shot most of his best military leaders during the pre war purges.

Even as the Wehrmacht swept into Russia there were indications that this was not the complete picture. Russian resistance was fierce even if it was poorly co-ordinated. And Soviet equipment was far from being wholly second rate.

On the 23rd June the 6th Panzer Division met the 2nd Soviet Armoured Division at the Dubissa river. The German commander General Reinhardt recalled their surprise:

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2 thoughts on “The Germans encounter the KV1”

  1. I am a WW2 historian. I have published for WW2 Quarterly and other history magazines. I found your website by accident and really like it.
    Thanks
    Howard Dunbar

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