With the ever increasing threat posed by heavier enemy vehicles on the battlefield, the SSU has responded with what it knows best: very heavy tanks. The first army to field such tanks early in the war, they were a disastrous surprise for the invaders of the Motherland back in 1941. Now with this new generation of even more armored and armed tanks, the SSU hopes to achieve the same goal as six years ago. Surprise and destroy their opponents.
The IS-48 B is the “all-around” version of the new heavy tank chassis. It houses a powerful 152 mm gun which has proven to be a reliable and deadly weapon on many others SSU vehicles. The tank also has two 12,7 mm machine guns, one on the top in an antiaircraft role and one in the back of the turret, a feature unique to SSU tanks. This “extra” machine gun gives the vehicle an incredible resilience during combat in an urban environment. To clear out strong points and bunkers, the IS-48 B also has an ATO-45 flamethrower in the chassis, in place of the regular machine gun found there on many other tanks. Soviet engineers found that the vehicle had enough long range firepower, but any vehicle needs a little extra to make it unique: this was it.
SSU tank commanders love this new tank and all Generals throughout the bloc try to have some in their forces. They can always be found at the very tip of the assault, opening the way for the red tide to engulf the enemy.
Please note that the commander miniature pictured is included with this model. It is presented here in the Babylon camo pattern, used in the Middle East circa 1947.