SBX26 - SU-12 Self-propelled Gun Battery
The Soviet GAZ-AAA truck proved to be a robust and reliable design that served the Soviets in a variety of roles. Amongst them was providing a mobile gun platform for the 76.2mm obr 1927 regimental gun. This combination became known as the SU-12 and became the first self-propelled gun to enter service with the Red Army.
Built between 1932 and 1935, the crew of the SU-12 consisted of four men crew one of which was responsible for driving. The gun itself enjoyed a 270° arc of fire and carried a payload of 36 rounds of ammunition.
Whilst in action, the crew’s only protection from incoming enemy fire was the thin angular gun shield. Worst still, the driver’s compartment lacked any form of protection. Despite there limitations, the SU-12 provided much needed mobile fire support in the face of stubborn opposition.
The SU-12 saw action against the Japanese at the Battle of Lake Khasan and Battle of Chałchin-Gol during the Soviet-Japanese border wars; during the invasion of Poland and in the Winter War against the Finns. Despite their limited numbers, the SU-12 remained in service into the Great Patriotic War against Germany.
|The SU-12 in Flames Of War|
- three SU-12 Self-propelled Guns with crew
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Andrew Agutters
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