KV-1 Model 1940 Ekranami - Soviet tank ace Zinoviy Kolobanov

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Zinoviy Grigor’evich Kolobanov (1910–1994) (Зиновий Григорьевич Колобанов) was the second Soviet known tank ace. As a commander of a five KV-1 tank unit, he was ordered to the village of Krasnogvardeysk, on 20 August 1941. This was part of the Battle of Leningrad and these forces, few in numbers, had not only the most feared tank in Soviet arsenal, but also of the up-armored “Ekranami” version.

Kolobanov sent his tanks in advance on the only road, well hidden in prepared positions on the egdes of a swamp, so they could not be flanked. There, elements of the vanguard of the German 8th, 6th and 1st Panzer Divisions arrived. Tanks of the front of the column, then rear were shot first.

Then the rest of the column was quickly set alight, ammunition trucks exploding. Indeed, on order, each KV-1 tank carried twice the normal amount of ammunition, two-thirds of which were armour-piercing rounds. Kolobanov himself was credited of 22 tanks (out of 43 destroyed) plus two half-tracks and towed artillery, while taking 143 non-penetrating hits. For this, Kolobanov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner and his fellow tank commander Andrej Usov (21 kills) the Order of Lenin.

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