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How the LTTB Was Born

Light tanks made during the Great Patriotic War were cheap and simple vehicles, capable of being put into mass production in the most difficult conditions. By 1943, Soviet industry was restored, but...

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Too Much Power

"To comrade StalinGOKO decree issued on March 12th, 1944 #5378ss accepted the 580 hp V-11 diesel engine, to be installed in the IS tank. Preparations for production of these diesel engines is complete,...

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Unlucky Seven

Soviet post-war Object 752 and Object 777 heavy tanks were, for their time, the height of daring and originality. The designers had to strike a balance between requirements to increase armour and...

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T-220: Prototype in Combat

There is an opinion that the Red Army dropped other tank projects for some time after the appearance of the KV tank. Indeed the SMK and T-100 heavy tanks were cancelled in the summer of 1940. However,...

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World of Tanks Armoured Fantasy: Walkers and Jumpers

A pillbox can cover a certain sector of terrain with its fire. If the enemy attacks in a different place, there is no way to move it over. Or is there? The issue of moving pillboxes around has been...

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AA Panther

Who needs a Coelian? You can deal with just a regular old Panther, if you're good enough. From the combat journal of the 20th Tank Corps, January 30th, 1944:"The enemy continued to bomb the brigades'...

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German Experience

"Introduction:What follows is a translation of a captured document in the form of a summary of combat experience common in the German army. Documents of this type were composed in many units since the...

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Engine Crisis

"To the Chair of the State Committee of Defense, comrade StalinT-34 and KV tanks, with their powerful armament and armour, showed themselves well in combat. However, due to a lack of diesel engines...

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Repeated Trophy

An interesting note was discovered among the combat diaries of the 89th Tank Brigade. Fighting the German 58th Infantry Division in Lithuania on July 20th, 1944, they captured some pretty interesting...

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Britain's Christie

In the mid-1930s, the British military split up its tank into three classes. Light tanks retained their status, their goal was reconnaissance. A new class of infantry tanks had thick armour and low...

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Czechoslovakian Medium

Unlike light tanks, Czechoslovakia did not do well with medium tanks. A decade-long program to create a medium tank resulted in almost nothing. In the end, a Czechoslovakian medium tank was built and...

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World of Tanks History Section: Sinyavino Offensive

1. IntroductionOn September 8th, 1941, Shlisselburg fell. German forces reached the shore of Lake Ladoga, closing a ring around Leningrad. Zhukov, who replaced Voroshilov as the head of the Leningrad...

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Lend Lease Trade-In

Somewhat recently, I wrote about the common myth about the 1st Mechanized Corps trading in their T-34s for Shermans. A reader emailed me and asked me about examples of swapping our domestic vehicles...

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Anti-Tank Rifle Manual

Destroy fascist tanks with the anti-tank rifle!Anti-tank rifleman! The Soviet people gave you a powerful weapon to destroy fascist tanks: the anti-tank rifle.In order to complete this task with honour,...

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Twitter!

Over the years of running this blog (it's been almost three!), I collected a bunch of random junk and scraps that I always wanted to fit into an article, but never did. I figure it's about time I give...

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Third Reich Serving the Fourth Republic

After the end of WWII, French tank design was significantly influenced by their German colleagues. Their achievements are very well reflected in the design of the French AMX M4 heavy tank, the...

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IS-2 Hero

"Award OrderName: Fedotov, Mikhail AlekseevichRank: Guards StarshinaPosition, unit: IS tank commander, 86th Independent Guards Novozybkov Order of the REd Banner Heavy Tank Regimentis nominated for the...

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Object 705

The IS-7 wasn't the only Soviet post-war super-tank. The Chelyabinsk Kirov Factory worked on Object 705, with similar characteristics, but a rear turret.Object 705 turret and 122 mm BL-13 gunObject 705...

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World of Tanks History Section: Japanese Tank Building

In the middle of the 19th century, Japan began the Meiji Restoration. After a few decades, the backwards island nation became a sovereign empire with a powerful army and navy. Japan also maintained...

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World of Tanks History Section: Japanese Tank Tactics

Active formation of tank units started alongside of combat. The first regulations and field manual were formed in 1931, due to the formation of the Kwantung Army and beginning of exercises. The...

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