​What Do russians Use Their "Stalin-era" 152mm Howitzers For

D-1 howitzer of 1943 manufacture / Open source illustrative photo
D-1 howitzer of 1943 manufacture / Open source illustrative photo

russian army pulls their archaic D-1 towed howitzers out from the storage

Obsolete equipment finds itself in the battlegrounds of Ukraine due to the efforts of the russian military. One of the examples is the D-1 towed howitzer adopted by the Soviet military back in 1943.

While russian propaganda outlets are excited about the idea of "fighting like ancestors did" and labeled it as a "splendid weapon of Stalin quality", the operators of these artillery pieces are less enthusiastic.

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But how intend the russians to use this weapon? Turns out, they have not gone for some sophisticated options and plan to fire with it on іtrongpoints of the Ukrainian army – the hint comes from several independent sources of Defense Express.

D-1 towed howitzer / Open source illustrative photo

No wonder, actually, since the D-1 was famous during WW2 for increasing the units’ capability to break enemy fortifications and defensive positions.

Yet the nowaday effectiveness of this weapon is questionable in the conditions of active counter-battery warfare, because the effective range of this howitzer is only 12.39 km.

The "museum" variant of 152mm D-1 / Open source photo

And the russian typical "cannonade tactics" won’t work here, too, for there is no guarantee such an old weapon would be able to withstand the firing rate this tactic implies. And there is this small range of fire as well, which pushes the artillery squad to be quick and mobile or otherwise be dead from backfire, and the mobility of the D-1 is certainly not very good, at least by modern standards.

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