Alexandra Koitos commanded a huge forty-five-ton IS-2 Stalin tank, with her husband serving as mechanic

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A MYSTIQUE ABOUT Russian tanks inspired awe on the Germans, who were forced to confront them, and among the Russians themselves, who rightly equated tanks with their national salvation. Some Russian couples wrote to officials offering to use their own money to buy a tank, so that they could operate it in tandem. Indeed, one Russian patriot Alexandra Koitos commanded a huge forty-five-ton IS-2 Stalin tank, with her husband serving as mechanic and they fought through the Baltic states all the way to Berlin.35 (Pg.428)

Is-2 Iosif Stalin tank were mainly designed as breakthrough tanks, firing a heavy high-explosive shell that was useful against entrenchments and bunkers. The IS-2 went into service in April 1944 and was used as a spearhead by the Red Army in the final stage of the Battle of Berlin.

The IS Tank was a series of heavy tanks developed as a successor to the KV-series by the Soviet Union during World War II. The IS acronym is the anglicized initialism of Joseph Stalin (Ио́сиф Ста́лин, Iosif Stalin). The heavy tanks were designed with thick armor to counter German 88 mm guns and carried a main gun capable of defeating Panzer IV tanks. They were mainly designed as breakthrough tanks, firing a heavy high-explosive shell that was useful against entrenchments and bunkers. The IS-2 went into service in April 1944 and was used as a spearhead by the Red Army in the final stage of the Battle of Berlin. The IS-3 served on the Chinese-Soviet border, the Hungarian Revolution, the Prague Spring and on both sides of the Six-Day War. The series eventually culminated in the T-10 heavy tank.

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