“…Earth was a dull rumble, and on the outskirts of the village of Sitno seemed huge armored vehicles unusual bright yellow color. Glistening tongues of shots, they were slowly sliding in our direction. “Rheinmetall”! — I guessed, remembering the silhouettes of German tanks in the album school. — Heavy gun seventy-five, eight hundred straight shot, the armor is forty…” Yes, the frontal armor of such a tank 45 mm gun of our BT is unlikely to take… But there was nowhere to retreat.
— Ready! Fire! — I threw the mechanics and clung to the sight. Hoping to get ahead, aim the crosshair on the ribbed tower, push the pedal down.
Hear the thunder of the shot. In crawled of sight instead of towers swirling cloud of smoke.
“What the hell? But where is tank? — I think. And why is it so stiff pedal? Looking at his feet — Oh, horror! Under the pedal is stuck down the sleeve of the projectile. So I didn’t shoot?”
Look out of the hatch. In the place where there was a German tank is Smoking black spot and lying mangled sheets of armor, and confidently turns to the right behind a huge tower of our KV. So that is who shot!
Meanwhile, SQ has engaged another enemy machine. Shot blast and flies another tower, collapsing the building. Due to the ridge there is a shot. Armor daredevil splatters a shower of sparks, and the projectile ricocheted forcit over our votes. In response, the KB shot — and another heavy German tank swung down and grunted as if in surprise…”
Well remembered Hero of the Soviet Union G. Panico about his first meeting with a Soviet heavy tank KV-2.