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 "Table of arrivals of tanks at the front lines in 1941, by type

Type

Domestic

British

American

Total

Month

KV

T-34

T-60

T-70

Mk.II

Mk.III

Mk.IV

M3 S

M3 L

Total 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20,740

Jan

126

206

348

-

-

16

-

-

-

696

Feb

165

420

260

-

-

-

-

-

-

845

Mar

105

338

84

-

-

-

-

-

-

527

Apr

320

702

576

-

134

144

-

14

32

1922

May

350

1003

898

-

255

171

-

30

16

2723

Jun

199

698

657

103

-

74

-

144

222

2091

Jul

299

1177

746

371

86

44

-

66

91

2880

Aug

178

1378

250

583

10

63

-

35

98

2595

Sep

45

598

-

439

-

72

-

54

43

1251

Oct

160

1100

75

640

-

10

-

24

5

2024

Nov

215

1312

-

838

85

163

-

187

61

2861

Dec

239

1678

48

1026

-

-

42

23

16

3072

Total 1942

Total domestic:  20,957

Total foreign: 2530

23,487

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Via Alexey Isayev

This data is interesting on its own, but it's also interesting to compare to deliveries of foreign tanks. The first Matilda and Valentine tanks began arriving during the Battle for Moscow and were thrown into battle with little preparation. As you can see in the above table, once the situation stabilized a little bit it took some time before new units with British tanks could be properly outfitted. Large deployments of Matildas and Valentines only take place in April, four months after deliveries began.

A similar picture can be seen with American tanks. The first shipments arrived in January of 1942 and we start seeing a small number of these tanks on the battlefield in April-May, 4-5 months later. Once the pipeline was set up, it was not as hard to deploy new tanks. A bump shipments that came in May hits the front lines in June. A lot of tanks were tied up in delivery by the end of the year: 3875 foreign tanks were delivered to the USSR in 1941-1942, but only 2530 were actually fielded before the end of 1942.

You can see the same pattern with Soviet tanks. Evacuation of factory #183, the USSR's largest producer of the T-34 tank, began in September of 1941. The factory began to set up in the Urals in December-January, and by May of 1941 you see a spike in deliveries of T-34 tanks. Similarly, production of the T-70 was authorized in March of 1942 and we see these tanks begin to arrive on the front lines in July. 


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