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Trophy Report

"Description for the map of knocked out German tanks in the vicinity of Volkovyshki20 tanks were discovered on both sides of the road and on the road itself. There is a PzV tank on the western...

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World of Tanks Armoured Fantasy: Flaming Ironclad

What's left to do when a war took everything from you, and there is no chance for revenge? One inventor channelled his grief and rage into a project of an incredible vengeance machine.This inventor's...

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Christie's Victim

The 1920s were a dark time for tank builders worldwide. The rapidly changing role of tanks and a harsh cut in finances meant that less than a thousand tanks were built worldwide. The majority of these...

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Raid through the Rear

"Award OrderName: Svyashenko, Yuri GrigoryevichRank: Guards LieutenantPosition, rank: tank platoon commander, 3rd tank battalion, 1st Guards Chertkov Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner, Order of...

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Experimental Heavy SPGs

"122 mm A-19 SPG on the chassis of a SU-152 SPGKirov factory and factory #172History of the project: when the production of the SU-152 began, the Artillery Committee decided to produce a 122 mm SPG by...

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Engine Surplus

"To the Chair of the Committee of Defense of the SNKMarshal of the Soviet Union, comrade K.E. VoroshilovFor the last three years, Factory #183 has been under-delivering friction clutches for M-17 and...

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Captured Tiger Hero

I already wrote about a few captured Panther crew receiving awards, now it's time for a Tiger.Name: Kadenev, Mikhail IvanovichRank: Guards StarshinaPosition, unit: T-VI (Tiger) tank gunner, 2nd Tank...

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Double Barrels from Perm

In December of 1942, Soviet tank designers had the idea of creating a multi-barreled SPG on a modified T-34 chassis. One of the projects was developed at the Perm OKB-172, an unusual dual howitzer...

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Light Tank M2A4: Catching Up

The American M2A4 light tank surpassed the stereotype that American interbellum tank building lagged behind European levels. It was mobile, well armed, and well protected. Work on this vehicle began...

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World of Tanks History Section: Bastogne, a Tough Nut to Crack

Why was the small Belgian town of Bastogne a stick in the wheels for the Germans in December of 1944? The town was the last obstacle in their way before bridges across the Meuse river and success of...

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Battlefield Repairs

"Award OrderName: Stankevich, Gamen MikhailovichRank: Junior LieutenantPosition, unit: tank platoon commander, 1st tank battalion, 111st Novgorod-Volyn Red Banner Order of Suvorov Tank Brigadeis...

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Kharkov Slackers

"To the Central Committee of the VKP(b), comrade MalenkovTo the People's Commissar of Quality Control, comrade MekhlisAccording to GKO decree #219ss issued on July 20th, 1941, the Kharkov Tractor...

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AA MG

"State Committee of Defense Decree #6723sOctober 14th, 1944Moscow, KremlinOn the installation of large caliber DShK machineguns on IS tanks and SPGs.The State Committee of Defense decrees that:The NKTP...

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T-34-85 Stabilizer

"State Committee of Defense Decree #5595sApril 11th, 1944Moscow, KremlinIntroduce a partial change to GOKO directive #3826s issued on July 27th, 1943:The NKSP (comrade Nosenko) and the NKSB design...

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2016 to all my readers!

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Unneeded Scout

The PzII n.A., more commonly known as Luchs, had a competitor developed by BMM (formerly CKD), the Pz38(t) n.A. It was superior in, at the very least, reliability and armament, but the Luchs entered...

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World of Tanks History Section: 43M. Toldi III

In the 1930s, Hungary took its time to pick a tank for its army. At first, the kingdom received L3/L5 tankettes from Italy. After that, Hungary started thinking about producing its own tank, as the...

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World of Tanks Armoured Fantasy: Screw Drive

The idea of a tank without tracks and wheels sounds absurd. Even more absurd is the idea of a vehicle driven by something that looks like a huge screw affixed under the hull. And yet, among the many...

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Kirov Factory 1941-1945

Any company likes to toot its horn about its accomplishments, and the Kirov Factory is no exception. Here are posters commemorating their work during the Great Patriotic War:"Kirov factory in the...

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German Reload Rates

I covered how the Red Army calculated its reload rates here. To summarize, the test is quite grueling: the rate of fire calculations involve extracting the shell between each shot, re-adjusting the aim...

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