Again after just having read the superb book by Kinnaer and Sewell about the T-10 tank and variants: they state that the IS-3 had many faults:
Main ones were the engines shaking loose from their foundations, the turret armour cracking and horrible ergonomics. Almost all IS-3's were rebuilt, most of them immediately after coming of the production lines. Were these problems ever fully solved (i guess the ergonomics not) ? Was the IS III ever a fully operational and combat capable (for its weight class) battle tank ?
It seems 100 were given to Egypt. How did they fare against IDF forces ? Was this a way to give them a status symbol, but quite useless (For the Soviet Union) tank ?
From those give to Egypt, some were capured and modifed by the IDF. are there any reports from this ? What about the former Aberdeen proving grounds IS-3 ? any reports on this one ? Where is it now ?
The IS-2 IMHO seems to have been a better tank over all. I guess with some improvements it could have been a much better heavy tank and used far more and longer post war (also by allies) than the IS-3, or am i mistaken in this ?
I am sorry for asking so many questions, but after reading such an informative book, the extra knowledge you get also raises new questions....
Edited by Inhapi, 08 March 2018 - 1741 PM.