One of the most popular topics of discussion in Soviet tank circles is their use in the Great Patriotic War. As strange as this may sound, the production and use of Soviet tanks during the war is not a very well studied topic. This is caused by shallow surface level research and resilience of "common knowledge", little of which overlaps with any facts. There are so many of these myths that it's impossible to cover them all in a single article. Let's examine only the first half of the Great Patriotic War and misconceptions linked to this period.
Quantity over quality
A favourite pastime of many self proclaimed experts is the counting of tanks available to various armed forces. This activity is interesting, but largely pointless. This author recently wrote an article dedicated to French interbellum tank building. Without repeating the content of the article, let us just say that merely counting tanks does not give an accurate picture. The French had many tanks, but they were largely ineffective and many had armour that was better on paper than in reality.