| M1910/34 152mm Heavy Siege Gun|
152-мм пушка образца 1910/34 годов
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|Class||Very Resistant Bunker|
The Soviet Heavy Artillery Position is a fortification armed with a pair of heavy-duty, long-range 155mm artillery batteries entrenched in heavy duty concrete. This bunker has a range 400 meters longer than that of its smaller, lighter brother, the Soviet Artillery Position, and hurls shells with significantly more explosive impact.
The U.S.S.R should protect this position further by adding several 'minor' fortifications to it as well. In example, a regular 'Artillery Position' is recommended. If possible and if present, a teammate should add a machine gun position close to it, since infantry up close can destroy this emplacement easily.
History (152mm gun M1910/34)Edit
The first upgrade of the 152-mm siege gun M1910 resulted in a weapon with improved characteristics, but didn't address some significant shortcomings, namely insufficient mobility (due to unsprung carriage and separate transportation of barrel) and limited traverse. The new modernization was an attempt to solve these problems by using a modern split trail carriage of the 122-mm gun M1931. A prototype went through ground trials starting 16 May 1934. The trials lasted until 16 January 1935, then the gun was given to the army for testing. The responses were mostly positive and the gun was officially adopted as 152-mm gun model 1910/34. Because of its maximum elevation angle of 45°, it was sometimes referred to as howitzer. In fact, even the developers initially called the piece 152-mm howitzer model 1932 and later 152-mm howitzer model 1934. The latter name can also be seen in some official documentation.
Production at the Perm plant started in 1934 and continued until 1937, with a total of 275 pieces built.
According to RKKA organization, 152-mm guns were employed by corps artillery and by the Reserve of the Main Command, typically instead of 152-mm gun-howitzer M1937 (ML-20). Heavy gun regiments of Reserve of the Main Command had 24 pieces each.
According to different sources, at the outbreak of Great Patriotic War the Red Army possessed either 146 M1910/34s or all 275 pieces. These undoubtfully saw combat in the war, though due to their limited number the details of their service are unknown. A few pieces were captured by Germans which adopted them as 15,2 cm K.433/2(r).
Strategy and TacticsEdit
This position may be used as an excellent second offensive line. If the USSR player have achieved good forefront lines with A/A and A/T units, relatively close to the enemy buildings, the heavy artillery positions may be deployed behind that, and they will destroy methodically as buildings as they find positioned in their fire range. They are strong and solid, but, in exchange, obviously static.