Polish, one of the "adult" channels (discover, history, etc.) had a show on Russian vs German equipment. They showed that the Russian clothes kept them much warmer. The Russians used oil lubricant with a small amount gasoline in their rifles. They operated much more easily in sub zero temps. Russian sniper scopes were easier to adjust, German scopes required a tool to adjust.
It makes sense that the Russians would do better in the harsh climate, it was their home. They knew how to survive and thrive in the harsh climate.
You talked about the SU 152 being the best tank killer, better than the German 88mm. Both weapons were deadly against any tank. The 152 had a heavy explosive shell (40 kilo gram vs "only" 9 kilo grams for the 88) But the 88 had a much higher velocity ( 800 m/s vs. 500 m/s for the 152) making for a flater trajectory increasing hit probability. Think of it this way, which would you rather shoot at a deer with at 150 yards, a 30-06 or a 12 gauge deer slug? The Slug will do more damage at short ranges, but it would be a heck of a shot to hit a deer at 150 yards with a deer slug. The same with the 88 vs. the 152. The 152's round weighs more than 4 x as much, but it would not shoot as acuratley at long range as the 88 mm.
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