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Last Updated: January 01, 2016

Red Star on front armour sure decorative, but presumably retouched

Note canvas cover over engine department


DB pr.165 Landing Boat ("Desant Bot")

In late 1941, the Gorky TsKB Chief Design Bureau was ordered to plan an all-steel motor boat for amphibious operations.

The TsKB eventually came out with the 50-feet long DB ("Desant Bot") pr.165, including an armored operator stand and driven by two truck engines (GAZ-MM, GAZ-202 or ZIS-5).

Series production started in 1942 at factory # 343 in Gorokhovets and the Dzerzhinsk shipyards and by 1944 no more than 150 samples had left the production line.
Of them 99 were ordinary landing crafts, while 40 in 1944 were layed out as Anti-Aircraft PVO boats (3.7cm 70-K + 12.7mm DShK/20mm cal.70 Oerlikon) and the balance as mortar carriers (M-8-24 NURS Rocket Launcher).

The DB pr.165 participated in all major amphibious operations of the Black (Osereika, Myskhako, Novorossisk, Kerch/Eltigen) and Baltic Sea as well as on support operations on the large rivers like the Volga, Dnepr, Bug etc., thus suffering the loss of no less than 50 boats.
They usually performed the amphibious landings together with Bronekater BK-1124/5, "Small Hunter" MO-4, Torpedo Kater G-5 and Ladoga tenders.

Finally, the DB even served as platforms for the so-called "Floating Batteries", a pontoon construction carrying the mighty 100m B-24BM naval gun to the shores of the Oder in April 1945.


DB-7 shipping the 122mm M-30 Model 1938 Field Howitzer with Limber

Loading M-30 Howitzers at Gelendshik harbour, 1943

DB-7 shipping the 45mm Anti-Tank Gun with Limber plus one Willys MB / Ford GPW

Note extensive use of wooden planks all over the boat's top

Note double propeller/rudder installation


Landing Craft DB pr.165 PVO Anti-Aircraft

37mm 70-K installed to the cargo compartment, 12.7mm DShK hMG on astern platform

PVO with flags before (left) and without flags after combat (right)

12.7mm "Dushka" replaced by Lend-Lease delivered 20mm cal.70 Oerlikon AA gun

Note additional rudder stand for backward operation


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Last Updated: January 01, 2016

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