Sunday, December 6, 2015
That must have been . . . interesting . . .
Reader S. C. sent me the link to this image on Imgur (click it for a larger view).
I've no idea when or where the picture was taken. It's clearly the 88mm. main cannon of a German Tiger Mk. I tank of World War II. I wonder what projectile did that sort of damage? It must have been a pretty hot round - certainly not fired from the standard Sherman tank's 75mm. cannon, or the Russian 76mm. equivalent. Perhaps it was the high-velocity British 17-pounder cannon, as fitted to the Sherman Firefly? That would mean the picture had to be taken somewhere on the Western Front, as Russia didn't operate any 17-pounders, to the best of my knowledge. I don't think they had any equivalent cannon in their own arsenal at that time, unless it was the 85mm/L52 fitted to the later T34-85 tank, although even that gun might not have had sufficient velocity to do damage like that.
Intriguing picture, in any event. I bet the impact gave the gunner a headache - it must have made the cannon barrel ring like a bell!