Model 1944 (BS-3) 100mm Towed Artillery / Anti-Tank Gun
Born from a Soviet naval gun, the Model of 1944 developed into a dual-role artillery field and anti-tank gun.
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The field gun has long remained a staple of any successful land force. Napoleon utilized his pieces with excellent results while writing European history during the 19th Century. With the arrival of the 20th Century, the field gun was at the heart of every major world power's army. It saw extensive use in World War 1 despite the arrival of the tank and would play an increasing role in offensive actions during World War 2.
Artillery formed a major portion of Red Army units during the Second World War. In September of 1939, Germany invaded neighboring Poland to officially bring about the start of World War 2. They were joined, through a loose alliance, by the Soviet Union weeks later as Poland was hopelessly divided in two by its conquerors. The German attention then turned to Norway, the Low Countries and finally France while Soviet leaders concentrated on Finland. The alliance remained until June of 1941 when German forces - having failed in their bid to take England - turned their firepower against the heart of the Soviet Empire beginning the Eastern Front through Operation Barbarossa. German progress was incredible, slowing down just miles from the capital city of Moscow due to stretched supply lines and the onset of Russian Winter.