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Jonathan Gibson (Login Zitadelle) Missing-Lynx members 220.127.116.11
S-65 Towing B4 Howitzer
May 15 2012, 8:07 PM
Short answer-- yes the S-65 was used to tow the earlier version of the B4 howitzer. The Trumpeter kit has a flyer in the box displaying the B-4 as a recommended towed artillery piece for the S-65. As for photographic evidence, there are a few photos of the S-65 towing the B-4 howitzer in the Tankograd Publishing book _Tyagatshi: Soviet Full-Tracked Artillery Tractors of World War 2 in Red Army and Wehrmacht Service_.
As I do not have the rights to copy those photos on-line, you will have to search through other means.
Yes, these tractors were used for towing of B-4 howitzers too.
This howitzer could to be disassembled on two parts for transportation:
- first part - barrel with all gears,
- second part - whole running gear.
The barrel was fixed on special transportation "chariot" on base of T-26 light tank.
Then both parts could to be towed by "Stalinets" tractors.