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SU-76M Late: Return to the Origin

Would you like to see the SU-76M Late in-game?  

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  1. 1. Would you like to see the SU-76M Late in-game?

    • Yes, in the tech tree
      13
    • Yes, as a premium (please explain)
      2
    • Yes, as a gift/rare (please explain)
      0
    • No (please explain)
      1


The SU-76M of late production was a mild revision of the SU-76M, one of the first mass-produced SPG's of the Soviet Union. The SU-76M Late returned to the design of the original SU-76 and re-introduced armor for all four walls of the crew compartment. For most of the SU-76M's production, there was no rear armor to the superstructure in order to improve access for maintenance. 

 

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A late-production SU-76M in the Tank Museum in Bovington, UK. 

 

OVERVIEW

 

The SU-76M Late would provide only one benefit over the SU-76M currently in-game: protection from light machine gun fire from the rear. As with the previously suggested SU-76, this vehicle would not be unique in any way and only provide a sense of completion of historical vehicles in-game.

 

Images

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Standard SU-76, for comparison.

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Late production SU-76M (Below)

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HISTORY

 

If one wants to have a more in-depth look at the SU-76's development, please click the link. Here, there will only be a brief summary.

 

The SU-76, a 76 mm SPG built on a lengthened T-70 chassis, proved to be highly unreliable with its drivetrain. With two engines, one per side of the hull, each track was powered independently and led to horrible reliability problems. After only a few months of production, it was cancelled and redesigned into the SU-76M. This placed the engines both on the right side, driving a single crankshaft. As a result, the gun was shifted to the left, and, to increase accessibility to the weapon for maintenance, the rear superstructure was cut down. Throughout the SU-76M's production and service in WWII, there were not many particular complaints about the vehicle in terms of glaring issues which required major redesign. It simply seems that, late in SU-76M production, the rear armor plate was re-introduced to better protect the crew from small arms fire. Production of the tank ended in the second half of 1945.

 

The SU-76M Late was known to have served in both WWII and Korea, based on photographic evidence. 

 

STATISTICS

Crew

4 (Driver, Gunner, Loader, Commander)

Length

4.88 m

Width

2.73 m

Height

2.17 m

Ground Clearance

0.30 m

Weight

10.7 t (other sources cite 10.8 t)

Ground Pressure

0.55 kg/cm2

Track-Ground Contact

3.3 m long, 0.3 m wide

Engine

2× GAZ-202 petrol (other sources cite GAZ-203)
2x 85 hp at 3000 rpm (other sources cite 70 hp)

Power-to-Weight Ratio

13.0-16.0 hp/t (depending on numbers used)

Transmission

4 forward, 1 reverse

Speed

45 km/h (road), 32 km/h (cross-country)

Fuel

440 L (other sources cite 420 L)

Range

300 km (road), (unknown) km (cross-country) (numbers vary wildly and are not consistent)

Vertical Obstacle

0.7 m

Trench-Crossing

2 m

Max Gradient

46% (25°)

Max Fording Depth

0.9 m

Armor

Hull:

 25-30 mm front (sources vary. Gaijin's setup has it 25 mm upper glacis and 30 mm lower glacis)

 15 mm sides

 15 mm rear

 10 mm roof

  7 mm floor

Superstructure:

 25 mm front

 10 mm sides

 10 mm rear

 (Optional) Canvas roof

Smoke

None

Armament

1x ZiS-3 (some sources call it ZiS-3Sh)

Primary

76,2 mm ZiS-3 (60 Rounds)

Elevation: Manual, -3 to +15°

Traverse: Manual, ±15°, 2.8°/s

Secondary

No Secondary Armament*

 

* The crew would often have their own sidearms, including PPSh submachine guns. Allegedly, some vehicles could mount a DT machine gun somewhere on the edge of the fighting compartment. 

 

SOURCES

1 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-76

2 - https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/soviet/soviet_SU-76.php

5 - http://tankarchives.blogspot.com/2013/11/soviet-light-tank-destoyers.html - CAMD RF 38-11369-1

6 - http://catainium.blogspot.com/2016/09/su-76-self-propelled-artillery.html

7 - http://catainium.blogspot.com/2016/09/su-12-self-propelled-artillery.html

8 - http://catainium.blogspot.com/2016/09/su-15-self-propelled-artillery.html

9 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-70

10 - http://www.wardrawings.be/WW2/Files/1-Vehicles/Allies/2-USSR/05-TankDestroyers/SU-76/Data/SU-76M.htm

11 - GOKO decree #3530

12 - https://www.tankmuseum.org//museum-online/vehicles/object-e1952-43

Edited by HugoTroop
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+1 for this variant, a slightly better-protected SU-76M would be great.  

 

Thank you for making more low-tier suggestions of common vehicles, I'd rather have more of these than prototype modern MBTs any day.  :salute:

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22 hours ago, Milocat said:

Thank you for making more low-tier suggestions of common vehicles, I'd rather have more of these than prototype modern MBTs any day.  :salute:

This, just this. I wholeheartedly agree. I'm glad that people still care, and I want more SU76. +1 from me.

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