The creation of the two-turreted T-26 tank
The most famous Soviet tanks of the interbellum era at BT light tanks. Their high mobility, convertible drive feature, and a certain photogenic quality made them the best known Soviet tank series. One popular theory classified the BT tanks as "highway aggressor tanks" that indicated the offensive nature of the Red Army and popularized the idea that the BT tanks were the Red Army's main tanks. This is only an indicator of how wrong that theory is.
|T-26 tanks armed with either only machine guns or both a cannon and a machine gun on parade in Moscow.
|T-20. This tank was a high priority project to replace the T-18 (MS-1). Its trials went poorly from the very beginning and the time for this vehicle quickly passed.
|Work on the T-19 went on in parallel. This tank looked more promising, but work took too long and the running gear was not suitable for highly maneuverable tanks.
|Vickers Mk.E tanks designed for shipment abroad. The last tank has no armament. This was a Vickers Mk.E ordered by the USSR for installation of a cannon.
|Vickers Mk.E tank that went through trials between November 1930 and January 1931.
|Despite attempts to at least partially retain the T-19, it was clear that the V-26 was the superior option.
|Few photos of the pilot tanks exist. These tanks looked like the Vickers Mk.E but with new armament.
|37 mm B-3 tank gun. According to plans, the T-26 was supposed to be armed with these weapons.
|A tank from the main production batch. There were many changes compared to the Vickers tank, although the new turret is the most obvious one.
|The main batch of T-26 tanks was supposed to look like this, but the situation with B-3 gun production made this variant an uncommon one.
|A bulge from the air intake can be seen on the engine deck. It was later sealed.
|The variant with machine guns became the most common type. This tank was shown at the November 7th parade in Leningrad in 1932. A pilot tank can be seen behind it.
|Spring 1932 production tank. The cap covering the air exhaust from the engine compartment is already in place, but the muffler is still attached in the old style.
|An interesting vehicle. The muffler has three bands keeping it on and the air intake cap is already removed.
|An unlucky T-26 that didn't get a B-3 gun. They were initially used without guns.
|A variant of the gun mantlet used on tanks with Hotchkiss guns. Initially no external mantlet was installed at all.
|One of the few two-tureted T-26 tanks with a radio. The radio was installed in a similar way to the German radios tested at TEKO.
|Exercises held in 1935. Most of these are early 1932 production tanks. A number of vehicles with welded turrets can be seen, including one with a Hotchkiss gun and no external gun mantlet.
|November 7th parade in Leningrad, 1932. These are tanks produced in the second half of 1932 with tools installed according to new requirements. The jack was moved to the engine deck.
|T-26 tank knocked out in the summer of 1941. This tank has a full set of modernizations, including toolboxes.
|Two-turreted T-26 tank at the Neva Bridgehead. This tank has a protective cover on its air intake on the engine deck. These tanks would have had a full set of upgrades, including new road wheels.