This Joseph Stalin IS-2 tank is on display outside the War Museum grounds of Liberty Park in Overloon, the Netherlands, during the warmer months.
It is a WWII Russian heavy tank and was largely developed during 1943 and produced in large numbers from early 1944.
The IS-2 Tank In Action
Thanks to it’s 122mm gun, this tank could compete with the German Tigers and Panthers at the time, although it’s slow loading time gave it a some disadvantage on them. It’s heavy frontal armor could handle the much feared German 88mm gun from a long distance very well, although German tank crews soon adapted their tactics and focused their fire on the side and back armor, which were more vulnerable, especially at a closer range.
The tank was assigned to so called “Guard Battalion” tank brigades and these were mainly put to use as blockbusters when running into heavy enemy opposition. During heavy assaults the tank was renown for destroying bunkers and fortifications with it’s powerful HE rounds. IS-2 tanks were reported to flatten whole building blocks as they moved up with the infantry during the Battle of Berlin.
The tank is bearing no markings except for a welded serial number at the back of the turret (see detail photo underneath).