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The Last Soviet Heavy Tank Destroyers

In the days of the Second World War, heavy self propelled guns played an important part on the battlefield. It is not surprising that after the end of the war, heavy SPGs, including tank destroyers,...

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Post-War Production

"State Committee of Defense Decree #9488ssJuly 9th, 1945Moscow, KremlinIn order to increase the number of tanks in the Red Army to its authorized strength and create a 3000 tank Stavka reserve, it is...

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Nickel-Free Armour

"Decree of the State Committee of Defense #1586RE: trials of the new nickel-free armour for T-34 hullsThe State Committee of Defense decrees that:The People's Commissariat of Ferrous Metals (comrade...

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T-30 Towing Trials

"Record of 010 tow hook trials1. Object under trialThe "010" tank with two front tow hooks. The tow hooks are positioned 120 mm away from the side of the hull, as the same height as the existing...

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Prospective Death Rays

"9. Device for intercepting and jamming foreign radio stations that are broadcasting images. Special Projects Laboratory. A design is in development.Weapons (Death Rays)10. Powerful electronic emitters...

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World of Tanks History Section: Crushing the Tarnopol Fortress

The main purpose of new IS-2 heavy tanks that appeared in the Red Army in 1944 was the destruction of German pillboxes with their 122 mm guns. Fighting enemy tanks was not a priority. However, plans...

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TACAM T-60: SPG, Transylvanian Style

Romania joined WWII with a very marginal tank force, both in numbers and capability. The first battles on the Eastern front showed that their tanks were incapable of engaging Soviet medium tanks, let...

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Narev Foothold

"Conclusions regarding the combat actions of the 80th Guards Idritsa Order of the Red Banner Heavy Tank Regiment from October 4th to 25th, 1944, in battles for the Narev FootholdIn battles at the Narev...

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Anti-Tank Rifles in 1943

"Is there a reason to keep anti-tank rifle companies in infantry regiments?Combat experience shows that keeping an anti-tank rifle company in an infantry regiment as a permanent unit is not sensible...

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BL-39 Trials

"June 23rd, 1942Scientific Research AA Proving Grounds of the GAUReport on experiment #982Subject of the experiment: proving grounds trials of the BL-39 203 mm corps howitzer designed by factory...

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U-19 Order

"To the Chief of the GAUCC: Chief of the GABTURE: U-19 SPGIn April of this year, under orders from Deputy People's Commissar of Tank Production comrade Kotin, the special design bureau of the Uralmash...

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World of Tanks History Section: The British Devil and His Brothers

No one could have guessed on September 15th, 1916 that many military theory books would become obsolete in an instant. The first tank entered its baptism by fire, and an unnamed German's cry "The devil...

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L-60: Scandinavian Tank Revolution

Having fought its last war in 1814, Sweden ended up one of the few European countries that avoided participating in either World War. Nevertheless, the Swedes always paid careful attention to their...

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A German View of Teploye: Tanks

"103rd Artillery Regiment, 4th Tank Division1st Squadron, Squadron commanderTactical experience of artillery in offensive and defensive battles south of the city of Orel from July 5th, 1943, to August...

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Second Five Year Plan

"To the Chief of the Scientific-Technical Directorate of the GAU, comrade ZheleznyakovFebruary 10th, 1934For the benefit of the 1st Department of the Scientific-Technical Directorate, I provide a list...

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T-46 Teletank

"Order #003 from the Chief of Armament and Technical Supplies of the RKKAJune 2nd, 1936In order to ensure the timely production of the T-46 telemechanical tank this year, I order that:The Chief of the...

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Horsing Around

"A soldier who has been disciplined in the past was appointed as a watchman. Before he took his post, he drank wine, and took his post in an intoxicated state. The controlling patrol took notice of...

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World of Tanks History Section: Sagopshin Tank Battle, Prokhorovka in the...

The Wehrmacht offensive towards the Caucasus in 1942 had two goals. The secondary was to cut the line of Lend-Lease supplies, but the primary goal was to reach the local oil supply. At the time,...

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Toldi: The Hungarian Light Knight

Sometimes fairly good designs of military hardware don't reach their true potential because they appeared in the wrong time or in the wrong place. Light tanks, widely in use on all theaters of WWII,...

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A German View of Teploye: Artillery

Part 1: Tanks" 2. Tactical artillery experience1. Enemy artilleryUnlike previous experience, this time we could not observe Russian fire control. The Russians fired precisely. A shift towards larger...

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