One of the key pieces of field artillery available to the Soviet Army during World War 2 (1939-1945) was the "76mm (76. 2mm) Divisional Gun, M1942" - better known as the "ZiS-3". This caliber weapon would go on to become the standard Soviet anti-tank weapon of the war with production of the ZiS-3 gun series totaling over 100,000 units. Many soldiered on into the post-war years with adoption through Soviet allies and satellite states in time. Some remain in active service with armies today (2014) - though Soviet/Russian use was given up long ago. ZiS-3 guns fought in the Korean War (1950-1953) under the charge of North Korea, a long-time Soviet military customer.
The ZiS-3 was actually the culmination of work begun with the Model 1936 field gun which saw 2,844 units produced. Soviet authorities thought this weapon too heavy and too long for practical frontline service and revisions were undertaken in 1939 that naturally evolved the line. The modified design emerged with an overall lighter operating and travel weight as well as a shorter barrel assembly for more compactness. Production was reordered as "Model 1939".
Artillery Factory No. 92 - Soviet Union
Afghanistan; Albania; Angola; Belarus; Bulgaria; Cambodia; China; Czechoslovakia; East Germany; Egypt; Ethiopia; Hungary; Mongolia; North Korea; North Vietnam; Poland; Romania; Soviet Union; Syria; Ukraine; Vietnam; Yugoslavia
Fire Support / Assault / Breaching
Support allied forces through direct / in-direct fire, assault forward positions, and / or breach fortified areas of the battlefield.
13. 8 ft
4. 2 m
1. 3 tons
None. This is a towed artillery piece.
8. 3 mi
(13. 3 km)
1 x 76. 2mm gun barrel.
Dependent on ammunition carrier.
ZiS-3 - Base Production Series DesignationModel 1942 - Alternative DesignationModel 1936 - Early form; 2,844 examples produced. Model 1939 - Lighter weight, shortened barrel