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1942 Lineup

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"Wundsdorf Tank School
March 1st, 1942

Which Russian tanks will you encounter in 1942?

A significant amount of obsolete tanks:
  1. Ford armoured reconnaissance car
  2. T-37 amphibious tank
  3. T-26 light tank
  4. BT (Christie) light tank
  5. T-28 heavy tank
  6. T-35A heavy tank
Modern tanks:
  1. T-60 light tank
  2. T-40 amphibious tank
  3. T-34 heavy tank
  4. KV-1 heavy tank
  5. KV-2 heavy tank

"BA" Ford armoured car

This is an obsolete 3-axle armoured car with 12 mm of armour (no armour on the bottom), slow speed, and poor off-road mobility. Crew of 3. Armament consists of a 4.5 cm gun, which has the same penetration as the German 3.7 cm gun. Has a radio.

T-37 amphibious tank

An old license built clone, weighs about 3 tons, top speed of over 40 kph on land and 7-9 in water, has insufficiently thick armour of 10 mm all-round. Armament is very weak, only one machinegun.

T-26 light tank

A 10 ton tank, a clone of the British Vickers Armstrong 6 ton tank. Russia built many series of this tank, initially with two turrets, later with one. Armament is good, consisting of one 4.5 cm gun and 1-2 machineguns. Some variants have a flamethrower instead of a cannon. Armour everywhere is thinner than 20 mm, easily penetrated by our anti-tank guns. Has a radio.

Distinctive features: has a "pocket" under the turret in the front, rail antenna on the right side of the chassis (looking from the front).

BT light tank

This tank is similar to the Christie tank, and is very fast. It can move without tracks. Removing the tracks and turning on the wheel drive takes 3/4 hours. Thanks to a large turning radius (37 meters) the use of the tank in reconnaissance roles is limited. On a normal width road turns have to be made by engaging the reverse gear. The armour is insufficiently thick. Armament: 1 4.5 cm cannon, two machineguns (in the rear of the turret).

T-28 heavy tank

This heavy tank is an obsolete design, with a lineage dating back to German tractors. The data in Hegel's book is partially wrong. The engine (a copy of a BMW engine) can develop up to 500 hp of power. The 28 ton tank has a top speed of 30 kph. A weak point is a very light clutch. The tank is very massive (7.25x2.78x2.75 meters). It is often confused for the 52 ton tank. The armour is only 30 mm in the front and 20 mm elsewhere. Armament is strong: a 7.62 cm cannon and 3-5 machineguns.

The 7.62 cm gun with a short L/16.5 barrel is obsolete. Some types use a semiautomatic L/24 gun that is approximately the same as the German 7.5 cm gun.

As the 3.7 cm Pak could penetrate the armour of this tank in Finland, the Russians thickened it to 53 mm by adding extra armour in the front. The tank was unreliable to begin with thanks to its clutch, and the additional weight reduced its reliability to the limit of usefulness.

Distinctive features: 3 turrets.

T-35A heavy tank

A colossal tank 10 meters in length, 3.47 in height, and weighing 45 tons. This was a vehicle made for Red Army parades. Due to its enormous size, it was confused for a 60 or even 120 ton tank during the Eastern campaign. The tank has 5 turrets. Armament is as follows: short 7.62 cm gun and 1-2 machineguns in the turret, 2 neighbouring turrets have one 4.5 cm gun and coaxial machinegun each. The other two turrets have one machinegun each. Five turrets consume so much weight that the tank only has 30 mm thick armour, and can be penetrated by anti-tank guns and tank guns at any distance.

Intermediate types called T-35B with 4 turrets have never been captured or seen.

The T-35C was also encountered in the Eastern campaign. It was considered dangerous in the Finnish campaign because of its 60 mm of armour. The width of the tracks is over 60 cm. The tank has two turrets. It appears that the Russians stopped development of these types.

Distinctive features: 5 turrets.

All aforementioned types of tanks are considered obsolete. They seem to be no longer produced, but are still present in significant numbers. Their armour does not meet modern requirements. Heavy tanks have a strong psychological effect, but not on those who are familiar with them.

Remember: any Russian tank with more than one turret is worthless! We can penetrate it!""


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