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- "What the hell was that?! That's not allowed by schools regulation!"
- ―Sodoko while being chased by IS-2
The IS-2 (in Cyrillic Ио́сиф Ста́лин (ИС) or Iosif Stalin (IS)) was a Soviet heavy tank, the successor of the IS-1 and one of the most powerful tanks of World War II.
The obsolescence of the KV-1 and the capture of a German Tiger led the Red Army to consider developing a new heavy tank in January 1943, the project was given the name Objekt 237. However during the Objekt 237 development, intense tank fighting on summer 1943 urged the Red Army to create a stopgap tank in the person of the KV-85, a KV-1S hull monted by a Objekt 237 equipped with a 85mm D-5T. The Objekt 237 prototype, inspired of the the canceled KV-13 project, was approved and entered production under the designation IS-85 on October 1943. Due to successful mounting of the 85mm gun on the T-34 making it equally armed as the IS-85, efforts were made to upgun the IS-85, two candidates were tested the D-25 122mm and the D-10 100mm both project named IS-122 and IS-100. If the IS-100 had better anti-tank capabilities, the IS-122 was chosen instead because of its better all-around performance and entered production on December 1943, discontinuing the IS-85, renamed IS-1, production on January 1944 reserving the 85mm gun for T-34s and the tank was renamed IS-2.
The IS-2 model 1943 had better armor and was faster than the old KV series, it originally possessing a stepped front armor, this broken nose design was inherited from its predecessor the IS-2. The tank was upgraded in late 1944 becoming the IS-2 model 1944 with an improved single casting hull increasing the armor effectiveness drastically, despite a reduction in thickness. It had the capability to withstand most enemy ordinance and the more performing D25-T 122mm gun offering better fire control and improved performance against enemy armor, such as the Panther or the Tiger. In the 1950s most IS-2 model 1944 were upgraded to the IS-2M standard, introducing external fuel tanks on the rear hull (the basic IS-2 had these only on the hull sides), stowage bins on both sides of the hull and protective skirting along the top edges of the tracks.
The IS-2 saw it's first combat in July 1944, Otto Carius was the first to encounter the heavy tank in combat in the village of Malinava and destroyed it while progressing more in the village with another Tiger, Carius encounter a platoon of eight IS-2 that were destroyed without a loss, the problem being to reload the IS-2 the barrel had to be lowered. The tank then saw its first real action during the final stage of the Ukraine liberation in autumn 1944 where it is claimed that they destroyed more that forty Tigers with only eight losses.
The IS-2 then met the Tiger II during the Poland liberation on August 1944 in the town of Oględów, where they managed to destroy three from a column of eleven and captured three when the town captured. After some counterattacks IS-2s managed to destroy even more Tiger II with acceptable losses. The tank saw its last action of the war during the Battle of Berlin where it faced urban warfare and infantry men with Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck that caused 70% of IS-2 loss during the battle.
After the war, the emergence of MBT concept render heavy tank obsolete, so the majority were transferred in Red Army reserve regiment, while the modernized version of the IS-2, the IS-2M, remained in service until 1982. The withdrawal was officialized in 1995.
Poland were given seventy IS-2 that fought in Pomerania and Berlin and remained in service until the 1960s. Czechoslovakia accepted eight IS-2 before the release of Prague on January 1945 that remained in service until 1960.
Several USSR allies received IS-2s after the war, China received sixty tanks and attempted to reverse-engineer it as the Type 122 medium tank but the project was abandoned, North Korea had two tank regiments available during the Korean War but none saw combat, Cuba received fourty one IS-2Ms in 1960
Germany captured one or two IS-2 in 1945 but they weren't given a special designation as other captured tanks. Romania captured at least one IS-2 during May–June 1944. Hungary captured one IS-2 during World War II and had sixty-eight tank in service until 1956 when all tanks were returned to Soviet Union when the Hungerian Revolution was crushed.
In Girls und Panzer
Pravda Girls High School fielded their IS-2 during the tournament semi-finals match against Ooarai Girls Academy. While it didn't do anything exceptionnal during the first part of the match, however it shined during the final stage once Nonna took command of the tank's gun. During the pursuit of Ooarai's tanks the IS-2 decommisioned the M3 Lee and the B1 Bis, it deliver a killing blow to Ooarai's flag tank but the Type 89 despite being badly damaged was still operationnal which wasn't the case of Pravda's flag tank.
During the exhibition match between St. Gloriana and Pravda vs Chi-Ha-Tan and Ooarai, the IS-2 was fielded commanded by Nonna. The IS-2 spent the beginning of the match being stalled by Ooarai's rear guard while St.Gloriana's tanks were entrenched in a golf bunker. Chi-Ha-Tan's reckless charge gave Pravda an opening to intervene forcing Ooarai to retreat, Rabbit Team (nicknamed "Heavy Tank Killer") tried to reiterate their exploit from the tournament finals by sticking in the heavy tank's blind spot, but the IS-2 was lighter and had a more powerful engine than the Jagdtiger which permit it to dislodge the American tank and destroy it. Once at Ooarai's OY line, the IS-2 destroyed Kinuyo Nishi's Chi-Ha and the Tiger(P) which allowed St.Gloriana/Pravda to break their line and spend the last part of the match by persuing Miho and covering Darjeeling's tank fleeing on the beach, destroying the B1 Bis was his last memorable action.
Pravda comes with their IS-2 still commanded by Nonna to help Ooarai against All-Stars University Team, it was assigned to Sunflower Platoon commanded by Maho. The IS-2 like all tanks in Sunflower, took control of Hill 203 to provide fire support from high grounds, however the plan was foiled by the Karl who forced them to escape. During their retreat, Nonna turn back to hold back Megumi's platoon to allow Katyusha to escape, in the process she destroyed one Pershing, violently ram another bodyblocking it and finally the IS-2 simultaneously destroyed itself with a last Pershing.
During the semi-finals match against Ooarai, the IS-2 performed just like in the anime.
Saga of Pravda
Pravda Girls High School's third years fielded one IS-2 (commanded by Ekaterina and Olga as gunner) as flag tank during the introduction match of the year against Pravda's fresh first years. The first years were slaughtered and the IS-2 might have participate to this massacre, but they were tricked by Katyusha when she, alongside Nonna, charged the third years line. The IS-2 fired simultaneously with all other tanks on Katyusha's T-34 only to realize that Nonna was aiming at them, completely panicked Ekaterina urged her loader perfectly knowing that they won't make it in time and Nonna destroyed the IS-2 with a trap shot.
Pravda Girls High School fielded their IS-2 (commanded by Ekaterina and Olga as gunner) as flag tank during the 61st Sensha-dō Tournament against St. Gloriana Girls College. During the entire match, the IS-2 stood in defensive position in accordance to Pravda's old tactics, however their defense line was broken by constent Crusaders harassment which allow Darjeeling's Churchill hidden under a camouflaged net to fire two deadly shots, the first was intercepted by Katyusha while the second hit the heavy tank's turret ring destroying it.
The next year during the same introduction match, the newly appointed commander Natalia decided to fight the second years (Katyusha and Nonna's partisans) instead of the first years as a show of force. She fielded the IS-2 as third years' flag tank, however Natalia was unaware that a T-34/85 secretly aimed at her tank, to reproduced Nonna's trap shot from the last year introduction match, and fire on the IS-2 a soon as the match begins destroying it with the same trap shot. Natalia invocking foul play restart the match and during this one as her team was annihilated she was forced to flee, using her skill in escaping Natalia evade many shots but ultimately the tank got its two tracks snapped and was destroyed.
Gekkan Senshado Magazine
Pravda Girls High School fielded their IS-2 during the tournament quarter-finals match against Viking Fisheries High School. It is unknown how it performs during the match, it is only known that after the KV-2 destroyed the city where Viking's tanks were entrenched the IS-2 charged alongside the same KV-2 in a frontal assault with the T-34s forming a pincer movement.
Pravda Girls High School fielded their IS-2 during the Winter Continuous Track Cup first round match against Viking Fisheries High School. During the last stage of match when Viking attempted to launch an attack against Pravda's flag tank composed of two pairs of Chaffees and Panzer IIIJ, Katyusha on her side launched a counterattack composed of two T-34/85 (Klara and Katyusha) and the IS-2 (Nonna) during which the IS-2 destroyed one charging Chaffee and attempt to destroy their flag tank when her shot was deviated by another Chaffee which ram the IS-2, but their flag tank was destroyed soon after by Katyusha.
- The tank series was named after the Soviet leader Iossif Vissarionovitch Djougachvili also known as Iosif Stalin.
- IS-2 was featured in World of Tanks separately as Soviet heavy tank IS (Tier 7) and Chinese heavy tank IS-2 (Tier 7).
- In April 2020, the Pravda version of the tank was released in World of Tanks Blitz as IS-2 Pravda SP alongside Saunders' Sherman Firefly (Firefly Saunders SP).
- Midoriko Sono mistakenly calls it the "Molotov", after the Soviet Foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov.
- Although the tank is meant to represent a Model 1944, there is an actual error in the vehicle's 3D model. This being the usage of the narrow gun mantlet which was only a feature of the IS-1 and early models of the IS-2 instead of the wide gun mantlet which was already introduced to late Model 1943 variants and was a standard feature of all Model 1944 vehicles.
- Unlike the Churchill, the IS-2 was named after the anglicized initialism of Joseph Stalin (Ио́сиф Ста́лин, 'Iosif Stalin').
- Main article: IS-2/Gallery
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