The emergence of heavy German tanks on the eastern front spurred the Soviet military into action, looking for up-gunned tanks of their own. Rather than wait for the full development of new tank designs to combat these Teutonic monsters a stop-gap upgrade to the KV series produced. It comprised a KV-1S with the new turret from the experimental IS-85 which was still in development, mounting the same 85mm gun as the SU-85 and early versions of the T-34/85.
The 85mm gun proved more then capable of penetrating the Tiger I and because of this demand for it slowed production of the IS-85 tremendously. The KV-85 appeared on the front beginning in September 1943. 143 KV-85s were produced before production ended abruptly in December 1943.
However short a period of time this was it did allow the Soviet industry to produce a heavy tank as well armed as the Tiger I before the end of 1943 when the Soviet Army sorely needed it, being used in Soviet breakthrough regiments.
Rules for the KV-85 heavy tank can be found in Armies of the Soviet Union a must have for all collectors of the Red Army…
This book provides Bolt Action players with all of the information they need to field the military forces of the Soviet Union. From the bitter urban warfare of Stalingrad, through the Winter War against Finland and the final drive to Berlin, the detailed army lists provided in this supplement allow players to construct Soviet armies for any theatre and any year of the war.
- Army Lists
Written by none other than Andy Chambers, a copy of the Bolt Action rulebook is needed to use this supplement.
When you buy the Armies of the Soviet Union from Warlord Games you also receive for free this exclusive ‘For the Motherland!’ figure that depicts a commissar proudly flying the Soviet flag as he fights the fascist invaders. Za Rodinu! Za Stalina!