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The 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

The 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

ZiS became an important symbol of World War Two Victory as well as the Ilyshin IL-2 aircraft or Katyusha multiple rocket launcher.

ZiS was the mainstay of the Red Army’s divisional artillery and it was credited by the majority of professionals (and by the German ones as well) to be a masterpiece of artillery systems design.

The ZiS-3 could effectively destroy the enemy fighters, fire units and artillery, easily knock out any light and medium tank or other fighting vehicle and demolish wire obstacles and pillbox embrasures.
Long range high-explosive shells and armor-piercing shells were the main types of projectiles used for shooting. The firing rate could be up to 25 rounds per minute (RPM), and the maximum engagement range was 13290 meters. The gun could be transported either mechanically by such trucks as GAZ-AA, ZiS-5 or by a team of six horses.

Mass production of the ZiS-3 ceased in 1945 and was never renewed, but the weapons produced during the war were operated by the Soviet army for a long time and were exported into many countries of the world. 

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