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Tank Budgets

"Preparation of materiel1. TanksTankAmountUnit CostTotal CostT-26 small tank350040,000140,000,000T-26 infantry carrier50040,00020,000,000BT fast tank200070,000140,000,000T-28 medium...

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Bombs vs Artillery

A while ago I posted some data on the effectiveness of high explosive rounds. Recently, a similar infographic came up, but for bombs. I thought it would be interesting to compare the results of the...

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Lost it on a Horse

"To the Chief of the Financial Department of the North-Western FrontJuly 19th, 1941According to existing data, the money box belonging to the finance section of the 11th Army HQ was abandoned along...

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New Legs for the Emcha

A reserve for modernization built into a tank's design is one of its most important features, especially in wartime. In this respect, the American Medium Tank M4 is an outstanding example. Thanks to...

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71-ТК-3 Radio Trials

"Report #027September 28th, 1940RE: field trials of radio equipment on A-34 vehiclesDescription:Two A-34 vehicles, #0816-4 and 0618-3 were equipped with the 71-TK-3 radio. The radio was installed in...

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Anti T-34 Tactics

"Translated from GermanChief Inspector of the Land Forces at the Supreme Command of Land Forces#126/42SecretSupreme Command of Land Forces HQMay 26th, 1942Directions for combat of our tanks against the...

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V-2 Engine Cost

Complete prime cost of V-2 family engines in 1000s of rublesFactory1939194019411942194319441945Factory #75...

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Steel Sarcophagus

All sorts of stories have been spun around the half-mythical P.1000 super-heavy tank. Enthusiasts even made up a name for it: Ratte, German for "rat". It's hard to get to the truth under all the tales,...

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T-34 Radio Trials

"Record #030 October 22nd, 1940RE: field trials of radio equipment on T-34 vehiclesBasis: item 16 of the minutes of the commission meeting of September 28-30th, 1940Items under trial:Vehicle #608-01...

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Factory #183 Experiments

"May 31st, 1940#246sTo the Chief of the 8th Department of the ABTU, Military Engineer 1st Class AfoninSummary report on experimental work at factory #183 in May of 1940In May, the following work was...

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IS-2 Acceptance

"State Committee of Defense decree #4479ssOctober 31st, 1943Moscow, KremlinOn the heavy IS-2 tank with a 122 mm gunThe State Committee of Defense decrees that:The heavy IS-2 tank designed by comrade...

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Plea for Tanks

"From the first years of its existence, red cavalry greedily absorbed vehicles. During the civil war, many regiments had dozens of mounted machineguns. The desire to fight alongside aircraft, armoured...

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The KV's Last Bow

It is often the case in many nations that instead of new tanks, industry preferred improved versions of tanks that were already in production. The Soviet tank industry was no exception in this regard....

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my readers! I hope that your new year was too ushered in in the usual style.

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Visibility from Tanks

"Engineer-Major L.S. TolokonnikovObsevartion from Tanks...T-34 tank: the mechanic-driver observes through two mirror periscopes. The periscopes are affixed to the driver's hatch. Periscopes are made...

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Substitute Standard

"To the Chief of the Main Department of Special Machinebuilding, comrade SurenyanCC: Director of factory #183, comrade MaksarevCC: Senior Military Representative at factory #183, Military Engineer 2nd...

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Schmeisser

"Report #405Small Arms Scientific Research Proving GroundsDecember 17th, 1941Shurovo, Moscow oblastRE: trials of foreign submachineguns in comparison with the domestic model 1940 submachinegun and...

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The First Cruiser

British tank building developed rapidly in the 1920s, but started slipping in the first half of the 1930s. At the time, the British army was only buying light tanks, and even then miserly amounts of...

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French Exit

"Award OrderName: Kuharenko, Nikolai IvanovichRank: Guards LieutenantPosition and unit: T-34 platoon commander, Independent Tank Battalion of the 38th Guards Independent Tank Brigadeis nominated for...

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Improved T-34

"To the Chief of the Red Army GABTU, Lieutenant-General of the Tank Forces, comrade Fedorenko...Conclusions: in addition to Committee of Defense decree #428, I deem it necessary to approach the...

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