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World of Tanks History Section: Battle for Trostyanets

The German offensive at Kursk in the summer of 1943 was powerful, but assymetric. On the north half, the Red Army held under the enemy attacks and started a counteroffensive by June 12th, but the south...

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World of Tanks History Section: The Desert Fox

The alliance of Germany and Italy in WWII was very unbalanced in a military sense. In 1939 and 1940, the Wehrmacht was relentlessly redrawing the map of Europe in Germany's favour. Meanwhile, the...

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PTRD vs Ferdinand

"To the chief of the operations department of the 25th Corps HQAnti-tank rifles are ineffective against new German SPGs and heavy tanks. For example, during the battles of December 14th-15th, 1943, AT...

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Gun Stabilizers

"State Committee of Defense Decree #3828sJuly 28th, 1943Moscow, KremlinOn the production of experimental stabilizers for a tank gun.The State Committee of Defense decrees that:The People's Commissariat...

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Demolition Man

"Award OrderName: Ranzhev, Pavel KonstantinovichRank: Guards LieutenantPosition, unit: commander of an ISU-122 SPG, 383rd Guards Zhitomir Order of the Red Banner Heavy SPG Regimentis nominated for the...

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AA Gun Camo Umbrella

Here's an interesting little gizmo I found a manual for, a camouflage "umbrella" for 85 and 76 mm AA guns. It allows you to keep your gun position covered up while still being able to shoot at...

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World of Tanks Armoured Fantasy: Tracked Amphibians

The ancient Russian prince Oleg put his ships on wheels and raised their sails when he attacked Constantinople in 907. This shows the age of the idea of combat vehicles that can move both on sea and on...

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World of Tanks Armoured Fantasy: Ramming Tanks

With the appearance of artillery and firearms, the distance at which enemies engaged in battle constantly grew. In the 19th century, this distance was already measured in kilometers. New types of...

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Tungsten Woes

"To Deputy GAU Chief, Major-General HohlovIn the end of August of this year, NII-24 received samples of captured German 37 and 47 mm subcaliber armour piercing and welded shells. After their analysis,...

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Red Rambo 2

Remember Ovcharenko who took on 50 Germans with an axe? This guy trumps even that kind of Hollywood level badassery."Award orderName: Ogurtsov, Vasiliy VasilyevichRank: Guards Senior SergeantPosition...

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AA into AT

"Decree of the State Committee of Defense #735ssOctober 5th, 1941On the creation of AT regimentsForm 4 AT regiments from the reserves of the Moscow AA corps, each with 8 85 mm AA guns and 8 37 mm AA...

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Upgunning

"Decree of the State Committee of Defense #3289ssMoscow, KremlinMay 5th, 1943On the issue of increasing the firepower of tanks and SPGs.In connection with the actions described in decree #3187ss issued...

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Panzerclub

"Private Vasiliy Vatman knocked out two Germans in hand to hand combat using a Panzerfaust as a club. During the battle for Neisse, he jumped into an enemy trench. A German officer kicked away his...

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World of Tanks History Section: Thunder Over Stalingrad

The Battle of Stalingrad was coming to an end. Heavy fighting continued inside the city, the Germans nearly reached the Volga. The Soviets sent meagre reinforcements into the city, while at the same...

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World of Tanks Armoured Fantasy: Tank on a Wire

"Electricity will bloody up the armoured snout of fascism. Electrotanks will be the first do do this." Electrical engineer A.I. Bogun-Dobrovolskiy was not shy in his choice of words when he wrote an...

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Artillery at Kursk

Remember the ZiS-3 battery at Teploye that beat up some Tigers? That was only a small part of the battle. The overall engagement was much more grand.Diagram 22. 3rd Anti-Tank Artillery brigade vs....

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Resilient Gunner

"Award OrderName: Unzhakov, Aleksei FillipovichRank: Senior SergeantPosition, unit: Gun commander, 1620th Light Artillery Regimentis nominated for the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.Year of birth:...

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T-34 Tractor Decree

"State Committee of Defense Decree #5568sApril 8th, 1944Moscow, KremlinAllow the commander of Amoured and Mechanized Forces (comrade Fedorenco) to organize, beginning in April of 1944, production of...

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Horsing Around

"To the commanders of the 5th, 16th, 33rd, 43rd, and 49th ArmiesThe commander of the Western Front ordered this: due to the decline in the state of roads and impossibility of using wheeled vehicles as...

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Friend or Foe

"April 20th, 194510:00UrgentImportantTo all commanders of formations, units, and squadsStavka directive #11073Due to the possibility of a meeting between Soviet and Anglo-American forces in the near...

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