Both the Germans and Soviet soldiers during the Second World War had their own methods of dealing with superior heavy equipment. We are talking about tanks with serious armor and weapons. In 1941, the KV-1 was invulnerable for the German tankers, and the Tigers for ours in 1943. Dmitry Loza, an ace of that time and the author of the book "Tankman in a" foreign car ", later spoke about the methods of dealing with the latter. Soviet "Shermans" in battle ".
From the memoirs of D. Loza
By the time the 233rd Soviet Tank Brigade, in which Loza served, reached the border of the USSR and Romania, it had a shortage of equipment. But it was necessary to fulfill the task - to defend the territory located to the right of the road leading to the city of Yassy.
The enemy infantry battalion took up a position at a height, which was its advantage. The first part of the day the sun blinded the Germans, the second - the Russians. Both of them in the front positions put heavy equipment - tanks dug in such a way that only the tops of the towers were visible.
On the slope of the hill from the west was the firing position of the "Tiger", which allowed the tank's crew to look over the vast territory. And if we add to this high-quality observation and sighting optics with a powerful 88-mm cannon, then the Germans had every opportunity to hit any target that appeared. As soon as the sun turned and did not blind the enemy, everything that only appeared in their field of vision was immediately shot. Shrapnel ammunition was used by the enemy without regret. Soviet tank crews named this tank "Mad Hans" for obvious reasons.
Ours could not respond with similar actions, since the Germans had clear advantages geographically. As soon as A. Romashkin, a sergeant and the most accurate gunner of the tank brigade, received permission from the command to open the hunt, the soldiers began to continuously monitor the crew of the Tiger.
The sergeant chose an observation post for himself, from which the tower of the German tank was clearly visible. It took two days to wait for the moment when the Germans turned the cannon a little to the side, substituting the sides of the barrel for a shot. He waited for the right moment only on the third day. From the second shot, the barrel of the tank was hit. About half of it flew to the side. As soon as it got dark, the Tiger left its position. There were no more German tanks on the hill.
It will be no less interesting and useful to find out why during World War II Soviet tanks did not have a muzzle brake.