Towing the 122mm M-30 howitzer thru snow...
Note double fuel tanks and rear winch
Medium Tractor STZ-5
In September of 1942, the »Stalingrad Tractor Zavod« became one of the famous scenes of bitter street fighting for nearly half a year.
Until then, it had produced, among others, almost 10,000 STZ-5 artillery tractors, the final ones being accomplished while the enemy was literally at the gates. Between the production shifts the workers were sent to the nearby front.
The STZ-5, one of the few specialized military tractors of the Red Army, proved a complete success, the only shortcoming being the 12-inch narrow tracks not suitable for snowy and muddy terrain.
As the Wehrmacht captured plenty of them it comes at no surprise that the German »Raupenschlepper Ost« showed a significant similarity in design.
Special thanks to Mr. Jochen Vollert, Germany, for providing precious informations.
... and mud. Note tanker audience and following-up LL jeep
Preparing the 152mm ML-20 howitzer for transport by STZs
Towing the 152mm M-10 1938 howitzer
Note blown-off cab roof