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Heroic IS-85 Commander

"Award OrderName: Prikhodtsev, Vasiliy IvanovichRank: Guards LieutenantPosition: Tank commander, 1st Independent Guards Tank Regiment of the Supreme Command Reserveis nominated for the title of Hero of...

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Object 237's First Steps

"Volume of trialsAfter assembly, the tank was broken in (before a turret was installed) over a distance of 23 kilometers.The breaking in occurred at all gears:2 km in first gear3 km in second gear4 km...

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s.Pz.B. 41 Extras

Here are two more diagrams to accompany the s.Pz.B. 41 article:DamperHigh explosive (left) and armour piercing (right) ammunition.

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World of Tanks History Section: Battle for Dompaire

In the late summer and early fall of 1944, F. Leclerc's 2nd Armoured Division was confidently leading the Allied offensive in Lorraine. Colonel Paul de Langlade was the leader among leaders. His...

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MT-25: The Last Convertible Drive

Difficult battles of the Soviet-German front in 1941-1942 negated the advantages of light tanks. Equipped with relatively weak weapons and mostly bulletproof armour, light tanks as a class were...

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Twice Hero of the Soviet Union

"Award OrderName: Hohryakov, Semyon VasilyevichTitle: Guards MajorPosition: Commander of the 209th Tank Battalion, 54th Guards Tank Briade, 7th Guards Tank Corps, 3rd Guards Tank Armyis nominated for...

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T-60 Amour QA

"To the director of the Vyksa "DRO" factory, comrade VolkovCC: GABTU Military Representative at the "DRO" factory, Military Engineer 2nd Grade comrade ZiminCC: Military Machinebuilding DepartmentReply...

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On German Losses

"There is confusion regarding the alleged precision... I'm not going to speak for the Western Allies, that's not my topic, but I had to work with German losses. And believe me, the mess with their...

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Beefy T-28

Soviet T-28 and T-35 tanks catch a lot of flak for being big, heavy, and not particularly well armoured in the era where anti-tank cannons became very common. German pre-war intelligence identifies the...

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7TP: Polish Vickers

Polish armoured forces were pitted against the Panzerwaffe, one of the main instruments of German strategy. Even though battles in September of 1939 showed that the light 7TP tanks could resist German...

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3.7 cm Pak: Life of the Doorknocker

When one thinks of the German blitzkrieg and its weapons, one first thinks of tanks and airplanes. Meanwhile, the 3.7 cm Pak anti-tank gun could very well be one of the symbols of the early war. First...

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Red Army Infantry Manual on Tanks

Naturally, tanks are not the primary topic of infantry manuals, but these excerpts from the 1935 Red Armyman's handbook give you a good idea of how the common soldier in the USSR was expected to react...

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T-43 Criticism

"Factory #183 designed and is currently producing an experimental prototype of the T-43 tank. The T-43 tank is designed based on the T-34 tank with the goal of obtaining a better armoured vehicle while...

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Resilient Driver

"Nominated for the title of Hero of the Soviet Union: Guards Senior Sergeant Shilov, Grigoriy Iosifovich, mechanic-driver of a T-34 tank from the 316th Tank Battalion, 30th Tank BrigadeWith his tank,...

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7.5 cm Sprenggranate 34

Much talk is dedicated to various armour piercing munitions, but high explosive shells are no less important for cannons. Let's take a look at the data sheet for high explosive ammunition of a 7.5 cm...

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World of Tanks History Section: Maloyaroslavl Line

The Wehrmacht's pincer closed around Vyazma on October 7th, 1941. Soldiers of the West and Reserve Fronts, about 600,000 men, were trapped in side. On the next day, Commander-in-Chief I. Stalin sent a...

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Renault R 35: More for Less

French light tank development after WWII opted to continue modernizing the Renault FT. After long experiments that resulted in the Renault NC, infantry command decided to develop a tank that weighed 12...

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Renault R 35 in German Service

The most numerous tank in French service in 1940, the Renault R 35, was naturally the most numerous tank among the Wehrmacht's trophies. Many tanks fell into German hands either completely intact or...

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How to Paint Camo Spots

Just like the Americans, the Red Army had very specific instructions about how to paint camouflage patterns on tanks, down to directions on painting individual spots. The spots had to have a wiggly...

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Tractor Costs

"Attachment #1Shipments for agreement #1878, June __ 1943ItemShipments in 1943Shipments by monthAmtCostTotalMonthAmountTotal2nd quarterYa-11 Artillery Tractor3060,0001,800,000June301,800,000Maintenance...

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