100 mm field gun M1944 BS-3

100 mm field gun M1944 BS-3


The 100 mm Field Gun M1944, also known as the BS-3 (Batareynaya Skorostrel, meaning “Battery Rapid-firing”), was a powerful artillery piece developed and produced by the Soviet Union during World War II. This field gun was designed to provide long-range firepower and versatility to the Red Army’s artillery units, and it saw extensive use during the latter stages of the war and in subsequent conflicts.

Design and Specifications:

  • Caliber: The 100 mm M1944 featured a 100 mm (3.94 inches) caliber, which allowed it to fire a variety of ammunition types, including high-explosive shells, armor-piercing rounds, and other specialized projectiles.
  • Range: With a maximum firing range of approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles), the M1944 was capable of engaging targets at a considerable distance, making it effective in both offensive and defensive roles.
  • Muzzle Velocity: The gun had a muzzle velocity of around 900 meters per second, which contributed to its ability to penetrate enemy armor and fortifications.
  • Weight and Mobility: Despite its size and firepower, the 100 mm Field Gun M1944 was relatively lightweight and mobile, making it suitable for rapid deployment and maneuverability on the battlefield. It could be towed by a prime mover or mounted on a self-propelled carriage.
  • Crew: Typically operated by a crew of 7 to 10 soldiers, the gun required skilled personnel for efficient firing and reloading.

Combat Utility: The 100 mm M1944 was a versatile weapon with a broad range of applications on the battlefield:

  1. Anti-Tank Role: Its high-velocity projectiles and armor-piercing capabilities made it effective against enemy tanks and armored vehicles, posing a significant threat to armored formations.
  2. Field Artillery: The gun was well-suited for providing direct and indirect artillery support to infantry and mechanized units. Its ability to fire a variety of shells allowed it to engage infantry, fortifications, and soft targets effectively.
  3. Counter-Battery Fire: The M1944 could engage and suppress enemy artillery positions, helping to neutralize the threat posed by opposing artillery units.
  4. Fortification Buster: It could be used to breach enemy fortifications, bunkers, and defensive positions with high-explosive shells, facilitating the advance of infantry forces.

Legacy: The 100 mm Field Gun M1944 remained in service with the Soviet Union and its satellite states for several decades after World War II. Its effectiveness, mobility, and adaptability made it a valuable asset for various military operations. While it has largely been replaced by more modern artillery systems in many armies, the M1944 holds a significant place in the history of Soviet artillery development and World War II weaponry.

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