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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 11:56 a.m. PST

"The ASU-57 was a small, lightly constructed Soviet assault gun specifically designed for use by Soviet airborne divisions. From 1960 it was replaced by the ASU-85. The ASU-57 was designed to be a light-weight assault gun that could be air-dropped and deployed by rocket-assisted parachute along with the troops. It was lightly armored and armed with a 57 mm gun Ch-51, a development of World War II ZIS-2 but with some similarities to the Ch-26. From 1954, an improved 57mm gun Ch-51M with much shorter double-baffle muzzle brake was fitted. The ASU-57's engine was taken from the GAZ-M-20 "Pobeda" civilian car"



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Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 12:53 p.m. PST

If a Sherman had a larger main gun---how well did this tank destroyer when put up against a panzer?

Garand16 Oct 2017 1:57 p.m. PST

These were post-war so an encounter between an ASU-57 & a Panzer was unlikely, unless it was an M47…


Outlaw Tor16 Oct 2017 6:34 p.m. PST

Panzers were used in the middle east, so maybe…

Vigilant17 Oct 2017 3:57 a.m. PST

Since the middle east panzers were generally in Syrian service the chance of them fighting ASU-57s would be pretty remote.

wardog22 Oct 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

so what kind of nato armor could it have dealt with

Lion in the Stars22 Oct 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

Side or rear armor of just about anything American (M46-47-48-60), and honestly it could kill a Leo1 from the front. Centurion from the side or rear.

RudyNelson24 Oct 2017 10:22 a.m. PST

I have seen these at the Patton Museum at Fort Knox.
When I worked at the QM school in 1980, I had to study them to determine their threat to rear area NATO operations. Considering that logistical bases have no heavy defenses. Protecting these bases was one of the missions assigned to Armored Cavalry units when they withdraw from the front lines. Survivors were assigned to escort duty and guarding bases. The ASU57 was regarded as a serious threat to convoys and rear area bases.

AlexWood Inactive Member30 Oct 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

That illustration is based on a photo from Prague 1968 where it was deployed alongside the ASU-85. The VDV wore their coveralls over their uniforms obscuring the insignia.

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