SU-76 Self-Propelled Gun

The SU-76 was a Russian self-propelled, anti-tank gun fielded by the Red Army during World War II. Developed from the T-70 tank chassis, it mounted a 76mm gun and carried 62 rounds of ammunition. The 4-man crew was protected by a 25-mm-thick armor shield. The vehicle’s power plant consisted of two GAZ-203, 6-cylinder, gasoline engines, generating 70 hp each. It was a highly mobile anti-tank weapon that was massively produced during the war. Although it could destroy most German armored vehicles and tanks, it was not effective against the Panzer V Panther and Tiger I tanks, for it had to get too close and attack these heavily armored tanks from the flanks or rear. The SU-76 remained in service with the Soviet Army until the early 1950s and as it would also see combat action in the Korean War used by the Chinese and North Korean forces. It was also exported to eastern European countries and China.


Type: self-propelled gun

Crew: 4

Length: 4.88 m

Width: 2.73 m

Height: 2.17 m

Weight: 11 tons

Maximum speed: 45 km/h

Armament: one 76-mm ZIS-3 anti-tank gun; one 7.62mm machine gun



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