Soviet Army 57 mm ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943

Soviet Army 57 mm ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943

The Soviet Army adopted the 57 mm ZIS-2 anti-tank gun in 1943, just in time for the Battle of Kursk. The 57 mm ZIS-2 was primarily employed in the anti-armour role, but high explosive and case-shot ammunition was available as well which allowed the gun to be used against infantry and soft vehicles. The ZIS-2 was a new design, but it shared many standardized components with the 76 mm ZIS-3 divisional gun. Some 57 mm ZIS-2 were mounted on the SU-57 assault guns, and a turreted version was produced for the T-34/57 tank. The German army and its eastern European allies used many captured 57 mm ZIS-2 anti-tank guns against their former owners.

Available Scale Model Kits

  • 57 mm ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943, 1:35 Maquette (ZIS-2 & Limber)
  • 57 mm ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943, 1:72 SKIF 207
  • 57 mm ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943, 1:72 UniModel UM72207 (modified SKIF model)
  • 57 mm ZIS-2 Gun with GAZ-AAA Truck, 1:72 UniModel UM72367
  • 57 mm ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943, 1:76 Ostmodels R35
  • 57 mm ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943, 1:76 Hinchliffe 20/64
  • 57 mm ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943, 1:76 Milicast R16
  • 57 mm ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943, 1:76 MMS Models G6

Technical Specifications

  • 57 mm L.73 ZIS-2 Anti-Tank Gun M.1943
  • Calibre: 57 mm
  • Barrel Length: 4161 mm (L.73)
  • Length: 7100 mm
  • Height: 1375 mm
  • Wheel Track: 1645 mm
  • Weight: 1250 kg
  • Rate of Fire: 25 shots per minute
  • Range: 8400 m
  • Armour Penetration at 0-100 m:
    • A.P.H.E. (1941) 104 mm
    • H.V.A.P. (1942) 128 mm
    • A.P.D.S. (1945) 194 mm

Historical Employment

  • Soviet Army, 1943–1945

Self-Propelled Mountings

  • SU-57 Assault Gun, 57 mm ATG on Komsomolets armoured artillery tractor
  • SU-57 Assault Gun, 57 mm ATG on lend lease chassis

The Soviet 57 mm ZIS-2 anti-tank gun was an important weapon of World War Two, which found its way into the German Wehrmacht as well. Wargamers will want a section of these guns for their Soviet anti-tank units or German Panzerjäger.

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Soviet Red Army Miniatures of World War Two