Object 718

Soviet Union (1945-1948) Superheavy Tank – Blueprints Only Megalophilia is a term rarely encountered in the world of military history, yet the phenomenon has been a recurring theme since the beginning of mankind (and, ultimately, wars). Massive weapons of war, envisioned to destroy and conquer any enemy resistance, more often than not failed hilariously, hurting…

Object 705 (Tank-705)

Soviet Union (1945-1948) Heavy Tank – None Built Background In the latter stages of the Second World War, a great deal of Soviet tank design focused on improving existing heavy tanks, such as the IS-2, and building entirely new designs. This resulted in a number designs, with various degrees of performance and success, such as…

K-91 (Rear-Mounted Turret)

Soviet Union (1949) Heavy Tank – Blueprints Only After the Councils of Ministers of the USSR had terminated all heavy tank projects of 50 tonnes and more in 1949, many Soviet design bureaus and factories saw their opportunities to design new vehicles. One of these was OKB IC SV (Design Bureau of the Engineering Committee…

K-91 (Front-Mounted Turret)

Soviet Union (1949) Heavy Tank – Blueprints Only With the end of the Second World War (Great Patriotic War in Russia) and the uncertainties of a new war, many nations sought to design weapons as revolutionary and powerful as possible. This often involved thinking outside the box, resulting in some odd and interesting designs. One…

Object 257

Soviet Union (1945) Heavy Tank – None Built The IS-7 (Object 260) is one of the most well-known tanks developed by the USSR, in part due to its massive size and weight, placing it with the likes of Tiger II. However, few know about its lengthy and intricate development process, consisting of many years of…

IS-7 (Object 260)

Soviet Union (1946-1948) Heavy Tank – 7 Prototypes Built The IS-7 (ИC-7), starting life under the project title of Object 260 (объект 260), followed on from the ill-fated IS-5 (Object 730) and IS-6 (Object 252/253). With these failures, the request was still standing for the USSR’s next heavy tank. The IS-7 was the brain-child of…