This is a real restored SU-76M from Russian Military History Museum. The SU-76M was main production model of the Soviet SU-70 self-propelled gun. It was based on the T-70 light tank chassis. It mounted the ZiS-3 76.2 mm anti-tank gun. The SU-76M combined three main battlefield roles: light assault gun, mobile anti-tank weapon and mobile gun for indirect fire.

The vehicle was loved by his crew for its simplicity, reliability, and ease of use. The SU-76M virtually replaced infantry tanks in the close support role. Its thin armour and open top made it vulnerable to antitank weapons, grenades, and small arms. Its light weight and low ground pressure gave it good mobility.

The SU-76M was effective against any medium or light German tank. It could also knock out the Panther tank with a flank shot, but the ZiS-3 gun was not effective against Tiger tanks. Soviet manuals for SU-76M crews usually instructed the gunner to aim for the tracks or gun barrels when facing Tigers.

The maximum elevation angle of the ZiS-3 was the highest of all Soviet self-propelled guns. SU-76Ms were sometimes used as light artillery vehicles (like the German Wespe) for bombardments and indirect fire support.

The SU-76M was the single Soviet vehicle able to operate in swamps with minimal support from engineers. The SU-76M had a large number of ammunition types. This made the SU-76M an excellent multi-purpose light armoured fighting vehicle.

The SU-76M was placed in mass production in early 1943. Mass production of the SU-76M ceased in the second half of 1945. In total were produced 13,932 SU-76M. The SU-76M was withdrawn from Soviet Army service after the Second World War ended.


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