Inspector General of the Tank Forces
#046/44 Top Secret
June 26th, 1944
Copy 1 out of 5
Notes on the report to the Fuhrer
Based on information received at 2:00 on June 25th from Tank Group West and Colonel Emichen, the following picture is formed on English and American tanks:
- The new Cromwell tank is armed with one 75 mm L/34 gun. The American Sherman tank used to be armed with a 75 mm L/40 gun and now has a longer 76.2 mm L/52.8 tank gun (previously used on the M10 SPG).Reports that a 92 mm anti-tank gun is being used are wrong. They mean either one of:
- 94 mm AA gun used on ground targets
- Ofenrohr or Puppchen type weaponEnglish and American assault guns have not yet been spotted in battle.
- Russian KV-2 tank with a gun larger than 75 mm:
- The KV-2 tank is armed with a 150 mm L/40 gun. Reliable information exists that production has ended.
- The KV-85 tank is armed with an 85 mm L/51.5 gun. They can be expected to arrive in large amounts before they are replaced with Stalin tanks.
- The Iosif Stalin tank with a 122 mm L/45 tank gun has just arrived. This is the first tank with a German style muzzle brake. Even though it has over 100 mm of armour, the armour is weakened due to widespread use of cast steel. It can be considered a new type of tank, as only elements of the running gear remain from the KV-1 and KV-2 tanks.
Note that the Iosif Stalin tank is narrower (3.21 m vs the KV-1's 3.35 m and KV-85's 3.25 m) and adapted to the German railway gauge (3.14 m).
- T-34 tank with an 85 mm L/53 gun in a rotating turret. This type of tank has not yet appeared in large quantities. One must assume that it is a new type of T-34 tank.
- Russian assault guns: