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In reading the book Armageadom at Stalingrad by D.M. Glantz the second book in his Stalingrad triogy it mentions on p519 a RKKA "flame tank" in use. Does anyone know what sort of flame tank this could be? On p253 it mentions the 71st flame company and on p440 it mentions the 104th flame company. Thanks in advance.
I have lso read the first volume of this triolgy "To the gates of Stalingrad" both are some heavy duty historical reading. if you want to know how many and what tanks a unit had it has this information.
If you are a wehrmachtholic or panzerholic you will probably love volume 1 where the Germans destroy or maul Soviet armies at a fairly rapid rate. Volume 2 they will probably find okay too with the german army grinding forward through the rubble of stalingrad while fighting off Soviet counerattacks. I think they may not care for volume 3 things go really bad for the germans.
1) I have not found any mentions about 71st and 104th flame companies amongst Russian units at Stalingrad.
2) There was used only one type of flame-thrower tanks - KV-8. In December 1942 235th Separate Flame-Thrower Tank Brigade was in reserve of Front Commander. There the plan existed to use these tanks only as Flame-Thrower vehicles (not as usual tanks) against enemy's fortification and reinforced points of infantry resistance. But in real battle these tanks were used to fight against German tanks.
The first combat use of 235th Brigade was on December 14, 1942 during offensive near Verkhne-Kumskiy settlement. The KV-8 tanks were supported by T-34 and T-70 tanks from 234th Separate Tank Regiment of 4th Tank Corps. The Germans had huge defence in this area, comprised of different A/T guns and Pz.III and Pz.IV tanks (from 6th Tank Division), bedded in ground. First frontal attacks were unsuccessful; but during that day one of Flame-Thrower Tank's companies have pierced the German lines with using of mist, and attacked the German tanks by Flame-Throwers. Three German tanks were burned, and other tank's crews have disbanded in panic. During further attacks the 4th Tank Corps have ejected the enemy from Verkhne-Kumskiy (to the end of December 19, 1942). Total losses were 52 tanks of all types.
For it's heroism the 235th Separate Flame-Thrower Tank Brigade in February 1943 was re-named to 31st Guard Flame-Thrower Tank Brigade. This Brigade have used it's Flame-Thrower tanks until April 1945.