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Reindeer Raid

"To the Chief of Staff of the Karelian FrontThe attachment is a proposition from a cadet of the 82nd Reserve Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment comrade Butakov for using deer transport for a deep raid of...

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Soviet Intel on British Tanks

"British Tanks (modern)British classification:Light tanks: for reconnaissance and communicationsInfantry tanks: used in army tank battalions. Used for supporting infantry.Cruiser tanks: used in tank...

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Gun vs Tree

"To the Deputy People's Commissar of Armament, comrade MirzakhanovCC: factory #8 director, Major-General of the Artillery Engineering Service, comrade FratkinDuring trials of the SU-100 at Uralmash,...

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World of Tanks History Section: 100 Years of Tanks

1916. For many months, endless trench warfare raged on along the fronts of the First World War. Attacks into a storm of enemy shells and bullets, thousands of dead men to push the enemy back hundreds...

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T-30: Simplicity Itself

75 year passed on Sunday July 17th 2016 since the decision to produce the T-30 small tank. This tank remained in obscurity for a number of reasons. Born at a time of difficult for its country, it was...

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T-60: A Small Tank in a Big War

The history of the T-60 tank is atypical for Soviet tank building. The tank was accepted into service before even the first blueprint was prepared, and thousand of units were ordered immediately at...

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High Caliber

"To the Deputy Chair of the Council of People's Commissars, comrade L.P. BeriaRE: 122 mm HEAT and 152 mm AP-T roundsI report that in accordance with GOKO decree #3187ss, GAU tested a 122 mm HEAT shell...

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Fuel for Foreign Tanks

"To armoured forces chiefs and armoured centersAmerican tanks in service with the Red Army use aircraft gasoline:The M3 Medium Tank uses 91 octane gasoline.The M3 Light Tank uses 80 octane...

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400 mm KV-1

Remember this project to install a 400 mm mortar on a KV-1S tank? Turns out that GABTU received it, but their reaction wasn't exactly positive."To director of factory #92, comrade ElyanIn response to...

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Russian PIAT

While Soviet attempts to make a Panzerfaust may have not gone well, there was also an attempt at a domestic PIAT. The name rolls off the tongue almost as easily as Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank:...

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World of Tanks History Section: Nina Bondar

Flying was all the rage among Soviet youth in the few years preceding the Great Patriotic War. "Komsomol, to the skies!" the slogans called. Among the many young men and women who answered the call was...

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17-Pounder: Britain's Long Arm

The development of anti-tank artillery followed more or less the same process in many countries. This resulted in the USSR creating a 100 mm BS-3 gun in 1944 and the Germans with the 88 mm Pak 43 gun,...

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Tanks at Lake Hasan: Tactics

"In battles for the Socialist Motherland, our tankers fearlessly and bravely went into battle, demonstrating bravery, courage, tenacity, and dedication to the Party and Motherland until their death....

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Tanks at Lake Hasan: Technical Improvements

"Independent complaints and suggestions by commanders and soldiers after the battle.On improving tank designsHave identical looking tanks, either antennas on all of them or none of them, otherwise the...

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Komsomolets Replacement

"Tactical-Technical Specifications for an artillery tractorPurpose of the artillery tractor:The purpose the artillery tractor is to tow anti-tank guns weighing 2.0 to 3.0 tons and simultaneously...

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Night Driving

"To the Chief of the 3rd Department of the GABTU BTU, Engineer-Lieutenant-Colonel comrade IvanovResearch into night vision devices based on passive IR started in about 1927-28. Until 1940, only the Red...

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PzKpfw I: Panzerwaffe's First

German generals often call PzKpfw I and PzKpfw II tanks "training" tanks in their memoirs. This is true in some way, as many converted PzKpfw I tanks were used to train crews. However, during the...

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German from Iberia

The Spanish Civil War began on July 17th, 1936. By the end of the month, the rebels gained the support of Italy and Germany, who promised, among other things, supplies of military hardware. In...

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Iron Discipline

"Translated from German2nd Tank Army HQApril 19th, 1942Daily Army Orders #22Transfer ordersTransfer orders between types of forces and units purely out of personal interest reached unacceptably high...

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TsKB-50 Aerosan Trials

"Central Committee of the VKP(b) decree II23/174 issued on December 10th, 1940, states that:TsKB-50: In accordance with the tactical-technical characteristics approved by the Committee of Defense of...

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