The KV-1S was a late attempt (fall 1942) to bring back some mobility to the KV-1, while sacrificing some armor and introducing a brand new, lighter cast turret. This proved lightweight, very powerful and compact. Served after WW2. Despite this, it had decent speed and agility. China Production of obsolete weaponsas terminated and that of more effective weapons like the T-34 tank expanded. Design work on what would become the T-34 began in the late 1930s. Regular T-60 of a front-line recce battalion, 1942. T-38 of the 18th Tank Battalion, 13th Army, Karelian Isthmus, February 1940. Belgium Early production T-60 without storage bins, 1941. SU-152 during Operation Bagration, summer 1944. T-50 of the 1st Red Army Tank Division, in the vicinity of Leningrad, August 1941. Captured BA-64, SS Panzer Grenadier Division “Das Reich”, Kursk, July 1943. It was typical of the late thirties, with its sluggishness, heavy armor and multiple turrets. The first were improvised on Komsomolets tractors, but the crews operating the gun were left completely unprotected. Captured enemy designs, experimental types, and Lend-Lease tanks are also included in … The T-27 tankette was greatly inspired by the Carden-Loyd Mk.VI. The desperate and costly struggle at Rzhev pinned down German forces, allowing the victory at Stalingrad in January 1943. Fictional livery of a surviving T-18M from the summer campaign, Ukraine, winter 1941/42. During WW2 the bulk of the type was represented by the SU-76, which was an assault gun, but commonly used as a tank hunter. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Mid-production SU-100 in Berlin, May 1945. SU-152 of the 1359th Self Propelled Artillery Regiment, 2nd Baltic front, Estonia 1944. A Model 1942 late production vehicle on the Southern Front, with an unusual camouflage, summer 1944. 207 built – 1943-44, redesigned version of the KV-1. 1735 ISU-122 and 675 ISU-122S built – 1944-45, heavy SPG tank-hunter, based on the IS-1 chassis, equipped with the A19 gun. There is (and never was) any article on the Tank Grotte. 4 built – Enhanced version of the T-26. Here is a link to some info, if you need it The suspension and general design was produced under license or strongly influenced designs in many other nations, including Great Britain. About twenty one FAI, FAI-M and BA-20s were captured in the Continuation War. Brad. Sand vermicels over dunkelgrau. Early in their invasion, the Germans destroyed the main Soviet heavy tank factories. 225 built – 1938-39, variant of the KV-1 equipped with a 152 mm (5.98 in) howitzer. The T-44 was a short-lived attempt to create a “universal tank” (marrying aspects of the T-34 and KV-1) to ease mass production by commonality. India Outclassed and outdated, the T-35A tried to hold its own against the German invaders to no avail. A-32 prototype. T-38 of an organic unit of the Independent Light Tank Battalion, Leningrad Front, Nevskaya Operative group, October 1942. Despite the fact that communists were most active on the front, it was only after the arrival of Lenin, thanks to a special operation by the Germans, that the revolt spread. A BT-5 model 1933 from the Spanish Nationalist forces, 1938. Not only could this complex (and others, like at Stalingrad) provide entire armored divisions in a month, but the Stavka soon restructured the number of types to be produced. 5219 built – 1939-1943, main frontline heavy Soviet tank. Chassis were converted to carry rocket launchers or tow artillery instead. Polizei Panzer Kompanie. A camouflaged early production T-37A, part of the September 1939 Polish invasion. Any help would be most appreciated. http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/soviet/KV_VI_Fake_Tanks.php T-37A in winter livery. This first vehicle was the T-18, derived from prototypes based on the FT. Its official designation was Maliy Soprovozhdeniya, Perviy (Small Support Vehicle Number 1), which is why it was also known as MS-1. The easiest way to recognize these are their spoked road-wheels. A first production SU-122, in March 1943. After the battle of Kursk in the summer, military initiative gradually shifted into the hands of the Stavka (Soviet High Command), although the Germans still enjoyed successes on various front and in several battles (such as at Kharkov). They saw little action before being phased out, while only a handful rearmed with a 45 mm (1.77 in) gun soldiered during the summer of 1941. The general staff once again turned westwards for inspiration. Experimental SU-18 SPG. Bulgaria Camouflaged FAI of the Republican forces, Spain 1938. There are few records of captured SU-122s, and even less photographic evidence, but they were probably camouflaged and flagged with a wide Balkan cross, and often swastika flags over the top. Around 84,000 were built by Soviet Union and one of the longest existing tanks ever manufactured. 1941. A model 1933 T-28, early production version, in the maneuvers of 1935, with unit markings. By mid-1942, the sheer weight of “Tankograd” began to talk. 503 built – early Soviet medium tank, multi-turetted, 1934-41. A SU-122 at Kursk, July 1943, freshly arrived from the factory with a rather unusual sand livery over the usual olive green. Many were resold to the Egyptian Army, well into service in the 1980s. It was one of the most successful inter-war Soviet tanks, thanks in part to a wide range of variants. Div. Finland There were also delivered 11,900 tanks and self-propelled guns, which are part of Lend-Lease program by the Western Allies. The T-35, based on the T-28, appeared later as the first “true” heavy tank, still of this generation of multi-turreted models. 222 built – a modernized amphibious tank (1940). Preseries T-16, 1929. By then, it was completely obsolete. This obsession with mighty invincible “land battleships” reflected the state leader’s personal grandeur, and turned into superb tools for propaganda. BT-5 model 1934 in winter camouflage, Winter War, Finland, December 1939. / Domestic Armored Vehicles, Vol. 3311 built – 1938, late heavy armored car, wartime version. The T-34/76 was the most successful Soviet tank of the war. http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/soviet/soviet_a32_t32.php T-40 BM-8-24 Katyusha rocket launcher in 1942. The Soviets bought two Christie M1931 and the license to produce them. BA-6 of the 9th Armored Car Brigade, radio version, Nomonanh plateau, summer 1939. South Africa The Soviet Union went through the same stages of tank production in the interwar years as the allies. Most kept their washable winter camouflage, but were later repainted in Finnish field green, a pale watergreen, for summer operations. T-40 of a composite brigade in the summer of 1941. The T-34 played a significant part in the USSR’s victory against Germany. T-70M from the 28th Guards Tanks Brigade The BT-7M was the last version of the Soviet cruiser tanks, upgraded in many ways. Finnish T-38 kept as a trophy, summer 1942. The immense confidence born inside the Red Army in these years ultimately led to the Cold War. A World War II era Soviet war film, focusing on the role of the Red Navy rather than land forces, and reviving the 1920s concept of the collective hero. Soon, the complex grew considerably and became so crammed with factory lines that it became known as “Tankograd”. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. A BT-2 1932 model, twin machine-gun variant. Several prototypes are claimed to have been built in 1930-33. 1. Ireland Reconnaissance vehicle of the 54th tank Brigade, autumn 1941 A SU-85 with a provisional white livery in February 1944. Lighter, shorter, and more reliable, it was produced in several variants. German SU-76M, 5th SS Panzerdivision “Wiking”, Poland, summer 1944. The design was mechanically sound although incapable of further development. The local version was larger, but still light enough to fulfill typical tankette duties, such as reconnaissance and supply. SU-100 of the People’s Liberation Army, on parade in Beijing, 1954. It was widely exported and fought throughout the world, before and during the first stages of WW2. Its lasting legacy was that it became the basis from which the T-34 was developed. A tank assembly line is a flurry of activity during the “great speed up” of mass production in preparation for the invasion of Europe. Hungary The T-26 was no longer produced from 1939, and the Second World War proved that light tanks were not tough enough for modern armored war. SU-152, unknown unit, Kursk, summer 1943. They were quite happy with these, re-used as artillery tractors and supply vehicles. It was the most successful derivative of the British Vickers 6-ton (Mark E). The the IS-3, entirely revised, appeared too late, but set the tone and appearance for all upcoming Soviet heavy and medium tanks to come during the Cold War. A tank assembly line is a flurry of activity during the "great speed up" of mass production in preparation for the invasion of Europe. Павлов, Е. Here are the tanks that started their journey. However, production was quickly cancelled. A light tank developed in the late 1920s, the MS was a replacement for the preceding KS. Many German tanks used diesel fuel, w… Despite some successes, White Russians (supported by Western Powers) were ultimately crushed by the Bolsheviks. Most of all, it featured thick and well-sloped armor, which combined deflecting characteristics as well as an artificially increased protection against direct fire (with a 30 degree slope, 60 mm/2.36 in became equivalent to 90 mm/3.54 in of solid steel). Few had radios. BTT-1 heavy duty armoured recovery vehicle after the war. According to photos, ome still appear to have had their tracks, but others did not. In 1939, the USSR had the biggest armored force in the world, numerically superior to all western powers combined. BT-5, early pre-series vehicle (1933), with the early heavy type roadwheels and cylindrical turret with basket. Very cool site. Australia USA By the end of the Second World War, there were some standouts in regards to superior design, firepower, functionality, and effectiveness. France had the obsolescent FCM 2C from the 1920s, while Great Britain and the USA had the Mk.VIII “Liberty”, the last of the WWI rhomboid models. 1150 built – 1943-44, medium SPG based on the T-34 chassis, with a 122 mm (4.8 in) howitzer. It was rarely seen during the summer of 1941, since production was interrupted and entire factories were dismantled and relocated eastwards, to the foothills of the Ural mountains. Captured Finnish T-37A, spring 1941. Early T-37A of the organic Independent Recce Battalion of the 11th Tank Brigade, Halha River, battle of Khalkin Gol, May 1939. It was fast, but still lacking protection and firepower, at least compared to the standards of 1941. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. The world-famous Carden-Loyd model of 1926 was bought, completely rebuilt and improved as the T-27. Their suspension was frail and unreliable, often failing in difficult circumstances. Get all 4 Tank Encyclopedia Magazine issues for 25% off! These kind of captured tank hunters were highly praised, and were given very large Balkankreuz for identification, as a custom camouflage. In 1917, Tsarist Russia was strife with political agitation. The BT-5 Series 2 of cavalry tanks. Many surviving units are located in Asia and Africa.Popularity was partly due to the thick 45mm sloping frontal armor which was resistant to the panzer IV main gun. Some very old T-18s were equipped with the modern 45 mm (1.77 in) guns, with mixed success. Starving Russian women and men were working in factories even during the most terrible days of the Siege of Leningrad. Camouflaged BT-5 model 1934 of an unknown unit, summer 1941. Bolivia Pavlov, E.G. 1424 built – 1936-39, main light Soviet early armored car. Thanks. Practice showed that mixed fittings were not always a good choice. Standard Komsomolets in the 1930s ISU-122, unknown unit, Germany, 1945 Served only as propaganda machines and considered unreliable by 1941. Russian arms production during WW2 amounted to 99,150 armored vehicles (including all kinds of assault guns, tank destroyers and self-propelled guns) from June 1941 to May 1945. Another BA-64B, unknown unit, Northern Front, 1944. There was a “high speed” tractor made until 1942 called the C-2, but this was mostly used in the heavy artillery towing role. BT-5, late production version equipped with the T-26 turret, Southern Front, spring 1942. 48,950 built – 1943-58, up-gunned version of the latter, with ZiS-S-53 and DT-5 guns. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. T-27 testing a rocket launcher, date unknown. Beutepanzer SU-152, Fz.Stb-22, 1944. The BT itself was an inspiration for the A-20 and the A-32, prototypes with full sloped armor and fixed tracks, which led to the T-34, probably one of the most influential tank design of Word War Two. For the first time, actual battlefield photographs have been cross-referenced with maps and documents to bring about the most complete look at the T-35A in the Second World War to date. The Soviet SMK multi-turreted heavy tank prototype, Red Army, June 1941. What happened to it? It also required 11 people to operate effectively..That’s a lot of lives to lose. T-28M (or T-28E) of the 1st “Red Banner” Tank Division, 1st Mechanized Corps, Karelian Front, June 1941. 75 built – 1945, light SPAAG, based on the T-60/T-70 chassis. / Domestic Armored Vehicles, Vol. Division Gorky, February 1943 Soviet Union It took a strong influence from the Vickers A1E1 Independent, and was produced from 1933 to 1941. BT-2 command tank, invasion of Poland, September 1939. In total, seven tanks of this type, including two in Russia, remain in museums throughout the world. T-60 BM-8-24 Katyusha multiple rocket launcher, 1941. This legendary tank was the highest produced tank in WWII and second highest produced of all the time. SS Pzd “Totenkopf” also operated captured vehicles, usually reequipped with a MG 34 or MG 42 machine gun. But extra plates of flat armor weren’t enough to protect it from the German tanks. Mid-production SU-100, Poland, January 1945. Identification numbers were hand-painted, probably in the storage lot or directly over the transporting rail carriage. 9110 built – 1942, standard wartime light scout armored car, also produced postwar until 1960. An early T-34 with an L-11 gun. T-60 model 1942 during the winter of 1942-43. at Kursk, summer 1943. The KV-85 was a hybrid, transitional model built in small numbers. In the late war, the KVs were replaced by the IS series. Trials led to many changes. “Airborne armored support” tests included tankettes and amphibious light tanks like the T-38. It was the first tank featuring immense vertical (helicoidal) suspension (known as the Christie suspension) coupled with very large rubberized roadwheels, allowing for lightning-fast off-road rides. These cookies do not store any personal information. It was meant to perform like an idealized version of cavalry, racing through gaps to roam independently behind enemy lines. T-37TU (radio version), 177th Separate Recon Battalion of the 122nd Rifle Division, Finland, January 1940. Fighting versions carried 37mm or 45mm guns or even flamethrowers. Unknown T-70 from an artillery division These clearly traded protection for speed, seen as an “active” form of protection in itself. Your email address will not be published. It was pivotal in all offensives, still sporting decent speed and protection, along with an upgraded armament and many mass-production improvements. 2330 built – 1944-45, medium SPG tank-hunter, based on the T-34/85 chassis. Beutepanzer T-60. SU-76M, 7th Mechanized Corps, winter 1943-44 German Schienenpanzerwagen PzSp Wg202(r) in winter camouflage FAI of a regular unit, 1937. So, first off, for Seth: Weighing nearly 50 tons, it was the backbone of Russian heavy tank units in 1941. T-35 only had a machine gun and is slower than most of the armored cars so idk what the use would really be. A nice brief review of russian tanks. The project was eventually dropped in favor of a licence-built version of the Vickers 6-ton. A 81-pages study about the T-28/29 prototype development (in Russian) A new regime, more radical, was now held in place by Lenin. A Russian imitation of a British Vickers tank, the T-26 light tank entered mass production in 1932. I’m a little confused between the IS-85 and IS-1 though. However, the topic is present in the T-35-1/T-35-2 page. The USSR fielded no less than 8000 of these in the summer of 1941. Its name stemmed from its role: “Bystrochodya Tank”, meaning “Fast Tank.”. Late production version, unknown unit, May 1945. The only tanks of the BT series sent to Spain were BT-5s. BAI in the early 1930s. In addition, e.g. At the end of the First World War, a new conflict was already emerging in Russia, the Civil War of 1919-1921. T-27 in the autumn of 1941, second line training unit. SU-76M “Courageous” from the Transbaikal Front, August 1945. Can you direct me to a reference for the Soviet WWII BSNP Reconnaissance Vehicle? Before that British tanks were at least equal and in some respects superior to French, American, German and Russian tanks. Many of these upgrades were still being done when the German invaded and much of this old equipment was either lost or captured. Many prototype SPGs were tested during the late thirties, most based on the T-26 chassis. Captured FAI-M, Finnish Forces, 1942. Fighting versions carried 37mm or 45mm guns or even flamethrowers. I occasionally watch WW2 documentaries on television, and one of these programs provided a bit of history on the Battle of Kursk. 3854 built – 1943-45, modernized version of the IS-1, with a much more powerful gun. BA-6 of an unknown Armored Car Brigade, Leningrad sector, summer 1941. Camouflaged FAI-M, inspired by the model recovered in a swamp near Novgorod, probably lost in 1941. 1941. Yugoslavia, Fallen Giants: The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank. For about a year, it plugged a vital gap in Russian forces, while production of medium tanks was stepped up. 2750 built – obsolescent tankettes, still used as scouts, armed gun tractors and for training. Other than that, S-60 and S-65 tractors were used. 5556 built – 1935-41, main Soviet cruiser tank. Sloped armor and the removal of the front gun made it much tougher. With three turrets, one carrying a 76.2mm gun, it was a bulky machine. It was fast and powerful, with a highly reliable engine, simple to manufacture (and the base design was simplified even more during the war), had a high-velocity 76 mm (2.99 in) gun suitable against any German tank of the time. PzKpfw T-70 743(r) Summer 1943. Nevertheless, it gave new confidence to the crews which could have a fighting chance against the best German tanks. BA-20 of the 56th Tank Brigade, autumn 1941 A Model 1942 BA-64, summer 1943. Early production SU-85, Voronezh front, October 1943. Inspection of T-34s and crews, before departing for the front. The SMK evolved into a single-turreted version armed this time with the F-34 anti-tank gun. Russia is taking back World War II-era tanks from Laos because, well, Moscow needs a star, lots of them. Operation Barbarossa, at first a clear success for the Wehrmacht with dire consequences for the Red Army, it turned into a nightmare for the Germans, due to the Russian climate and lack of roads. It’s a very nebulous thing, to be honest. Early production SU-100, Northern Front, fall 1944. Indigenous models like the T-17 and T-23, based on current light models, never fulfilled the requirements and remained only prototypes. 2750 units were produced before 1933 by the Bolshevik Factory and GAZ. There were also delivered 11,900 tanks and self-propelled guns, which … BT-5 TU Model 1933, radio command version, Khalkin Gol, August 1939. T-28 saw action in Winter War, Your email address will not be published. T-60 model 1942. Further info on Churchill in Soviet service can be found in the meantime in the Churchill page. It was a T-26 variant without a turret, but with a radio rail. By the end of the war, the Soviet Union had produced nearly 60,000 T-34 tanks—proving the point that quantity does have a quality all of its own. SU-152, 2nd Baltic Front, winter 1944-45. By 1943, the scale of the T-34 production outpaced by far anything the Germans could do. 1. There was no dedicated recovery vehicle until post-war. Late production T-60 model 1942, as seen in 1943. BA-3 of the 8th Armored Car Brigade, battle of Khalkin Gol, July 1939. Отечественные Бронированные Машины, Том 1 1905-1941. A Model 1942 with the first field upgrade, additional driver side sights. The requirements were changed many times, even during trials, and further complicated the delivery of a suitable preseries vehicle. ISU-122 camouflaged, unknown unit, 1944 566 built – 1933, heavy armored car. 61 built – 1934-38, Soviet main heavy tank until 1939. The Iosif Stalin 3 was the last of the wartime heavy tanks series. Late production SU-85M, Berlin, May 1945. BT-5, late model, stripped winter camouflage, December 1941. Until now, Russian tank designs have followed an evolutionary path, starting with the T-44 tank introduced at the end of World War II. 1300 built – more recent (1937-39), some still used as scout tanks. In the summer 1941, this lack of flexibility and experience proved fatal to the Red Army. Soviet T34 tank aces. Early production T-40, 1940. Early model T-27, unknown unit, 1931. The first one was everything the perfect tank could be in 1941. However, it was also the last. New officers were also always chosen on loyalty over skill. A light amphibious tank, the T-40 joined reconnaissance units in 1941. T-26 turret. By the end of 1943, it was being replaced. Soviet Tanks in June 1941 (Operation Barbarossa). FAI from the organic 7th Independent Motorized Brigade, 1939. Their main contribution was as infantry support against any kind of fortifications throughout the two last years of the war, as German forces retreated in a large-scale defensive war, through well-prepared defensive positions. BT-5, late type, Ukraine, summer 1941. “Forward to Victory” slogan. One of the best tank designs in history, the T-34 medium tank was designed between 1936 and 1940, just in time for the Second World War. The BT-7 cavalry tank was derived from the Christie design. It is also sometimes called the BT-7A. By wars end 55% of all russian tanks were T-34's. 1905-1941. It was slow and equipped with a howitzer, only suitable against concrete fortifications. Czechoslovakia The T-26, the most widely produced tank of the thirties. 2 See J. Barber and M. Harrison, The Soviet Home Front, 1941-1945: a Social and Economic History of the USSR in World War II (London, 1991), pp. The T-34/85, a 1943 version of the legendary T-34, the most produced and widely used tank of WWII. I was absolutely sure, that there was an article about the soviet Tank Grote. SU-152, 1824th SP artillery regiment, Crimea, Simferopol, April, 13, 1944. It is similar to those paraded in 1933 in the Red Square. Two of these squads formed a battalion. The T-28 was the standard medium “infantry tank”. Heavy tank design was also influenced by the need for breakthrough tanks. Faced with the reality of tank combat in the Second World War, the BT-7 was quickly out-classed by its German opponents. The T-80 light tank was a more advanced version of the T-70 with a two-man turret—it was produced only in very small numbers when light tank production was abandoned. The T-27 was still, at least superficially, a faithful replica of the British model. A few were built, but their development paved the way for the more ambitious KV-85. 1885 built – 1944-45, heavy SPG based on the IS-1 chassis, with a 152 mm (5.98 in) howitzer. germas lost a war because the russian army was bigger than german army. But, starting in 1936, Stalin ordered a series of “great purges”, out of fear of a military coup. The Soviet Union started and ended the war with more tanks than the rest of the world combined (18,000–22,000). Their hulls were originally riveted but from 1938 were welded for greater toughness. Eventually, the USSR had more amphibious tanks than any other nation by the outbreak of World War Two. A Russian imitation of a British Vickers tank, the T-26 light tank entered mass production in 1932. The Ya-12 was also used for towing light tanks. Polish SU-152, eastern Germany, 1945. The Panzer V “Panther” was conceived as a direct response to it. 6292 built – a non-amphibious, successful model (1941-45). T-60 model 1941 in provisional washable white paint, winter 1942. Their innovations led to a plethora of great tanks throughout the Cold War and into the world of modern day armor. This project helped form a team that would prove successful later on. This led to the biggest peacetime tank production ever, with 10,600 built and an impressive number of variants. Г. It was for the first time equipped with a radial aviation engine, in a time when most tanks of the time had bus, tractor or truck engines. A 35-pages portfolio about WW2 Soviet armor (in Russian) The red band identifies a “home” unit. BAI-M in the Far East, 1941. The transmission, gearbox, tracks and drive sprockets were also changed, and in 1941 the protection was increased. These were the fastest tanks in service in 1939, as the BT-2 was capable of 100 km/h (62 mph). Another British product which was held in high esteem by the Soviet government was the Vickers light amphibious tank, designed for the export market. Again derived from a Vickers design, the T-28 medium tank entered production in 1933. The Soviet Union not only bought Vickers tanks, but also tankettes. The BT series (Bystrokhodny Tank meaning “fast tank”) was directly based on the Walter Christie’s “race tank”. Poland At the start of World War II the most common tank in Soviet service was the T-26 (derived from the Vickers 6-ton), lightly armoured and armed with a 45 mm gun capable of penetrating most German tanks at normal combat ranges. 13,000 KVs were built in steadily improving designs. Zheltov Up-armored T-50 captured by the Finnish, “Niki” R110 of the heavy tank company, winter 1942-43. T-40 near Moscow, 1941. Sweden It was retrofitted with the 1934 turret basket, rear ball mount and AA mount. Moving to address this issue, an arms meeting was convened on May 26, 1941, where Henschel and Porsche were … It was fast maneuverable and tough which bothered the invading German tank commanders gravely. 2311 built – 1944-46, evolution of the IS-2 with a completely revised hull and turret. The following KV and IS series were more reasonable and infinitely better, although still sacrificing mobility for protection and firepower. Only 360 were delivered. It was also equipped with a 20mm gun as standard. It was completely disassembled, studied and reproduced by workers of the factory “Red Sormovo” in 1920. The T-28’s greatest flaw was its armor. Captured Finnish Komsomolets. BA-6 of the Spanish Republican Army, defense of Madrid, May 1937. PzKpfw T-70 743(r), Stug.Abt.276 Schlossberg, East Prussia, November 1944 Moreover, they were easier to produce than regular tanks and could be delivered by second-grade factories with low-quality tooling equipment and unskilled labor. Famous examples are KV-1 recovery tank and T-34 recovery tank with no turrets. Even with these changes, it proved too weak in a fight against German armor. To me they look almost identical in appearance and stats. Another rare livery applied in the field. Notice the wooden beam, attached with leather straps. T-70 in winter paint, 1943/44 I believe they built 500 or so T-28 to only about 60 T-35. Winter war, Karelian front in eastern Finland, December 1939. KV-1S, late production, unknown unit, Berlin, May 1945. I am surprised you don’t have an entry on T-28 (when you have one on T-35). Another landmark in this incredible story is the fast relocation of all heavy war industries beyond the Ural range, in an unprecedented and ruthless way, followed by a complete production reorganization around a few tank types. Workers in a Ministry of Supply factory making a turret for a “Matilda” tank. Tanks Encyclopedia rendition of the SU-100Y. This vehicle is preserved to this day. Late model T-50 of the 488th Separate Tank Battalion, Transcaucasian front, North Combat Group, October 1942. For the BT series, protection and firepower were sacrificed. А.Г. Almost three quarters of the most capable officers of all ranks were wiped out or exiled in Siberian camps, as well as engineers. SU-152, unknown unit, eastern Prussia, early 1945. T-20 with tarpaulin The Netherlands Soviet Union (1940) Medium tank – 35,467 built A landmark in tank history. 650 built – 1932-33, successful cruiser or fast tank (based on the Christie M1931). After 1943, T-34 tank production was about 1000 a month. This was classed as a medium, but had all the characteristics of a breakthrough tank. During World War II, women worked in factories throughout much of the United States. Though light tanks were now known to be ineffective, they were still better for supporting infantry than no tanks at all, and so the Soviets introduced their last light two-man tank: the T-70. An early model 1933 T-28A with the short barreled, low-velocity gun. Isu-122 and 675 ISU-122S built – 1928, first mass-produced Soviet armored car, stopped! 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