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Plans for 1941

Item% ready as of July 1st, 1941ZiS-36 trials-Research into means for tanks to cross anti-tank obstacles-Trials of the KIM-10 low powered car-Composition of instructions for 45 mm gun repairs3Trials of...

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Rear Destroyer

"Award OrderName: Frolikov, Dimitriy GeorgievichRank: Junior LieutenantPosition, unit: tank platoon commander, 3rd Tank Battalion, 4th Guards Tank Brigadeis nominated for the title of Hero of the...

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Tank Destroyer Dead Ends

The United States built almost 19,000 tank destroyers during WWII. There was a great variety of them: tracked, half-tracked, and wheeled vehicles. The only class of vehicle that the Americans never...

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SU-76I in Combat

Interestingly enough, the SU-76I, designed as a stopgap measure during the most difficult time for Soviet tank production, continued fighting until at least 1944. The 7th Mechanized Corps lists 13...

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Soviet Turreted Tank Destroyers

Soviet SPG development ceased in the late 1930s, but started up again in early 1940. Initially, the focus was on bunker busters, but projects with other purposes started up in mid-1940. Among them were...

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World of Tanks History Section: Liberation of Novgorod

Early 1944 was a difficult time for forces of Army Group North. They were in well prepared defensive positions and they avoided difficult crises that befell the central and southern German groups....

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World of Tanks History Section: Best Tankers of the Leningrad Direction

The operation to break the Leningrad blockade wasn't only the first major Soviet offensive of 1944, but also the first major use of armour by Leningrad and Volkov Fronts since 1941.One of the more...

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Common Questions: Separate Propellant

I've been asked many times: what's the deal with two piece ammunition? Isn't it faster to load a gun when you only have to lift one item, and not the shell and propellant separately?In an abstract...

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RPG-6 and RPG-43 Manual

Combat Capability of Handheld Anti-Tank GrenadesFig. 1: Overall view of a handheld anti-tank grenade RPG-6.Fig. 2: Overall view of a handheld anti-tank grenade mod. 1943 (RPG-43).Handheld anti-tank...

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MG Panzernest

Tank bunkers might be a pain in the ass when infantry runs into them unprepared, but a tailor-made solution is something else. I give you, the MG Panzernest, or as the Red Army nicknamed it,...

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Foam vs Tanks

"To Military Engineer 1st class AlymovDeputy Chief of the Armoured DirectorateGABTU RKKAAccording to our information, the Swedish army is producing a new method of fighting tanks, which consists of 100...

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"Minor Modernization": T-150

The heavy KV tank, accepted into service on December 19th, 1939, was the best tank in its class. Over the course of two years,  no other country could build anything like it, and the Tiger, the first...

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German Equipment in Full Colour

Here is some rare footage, a full colour video of a display of captured vehicles in Moscow.Aside from being interesting to look at, the video announcer reveals the secret to Soviets seeing Ferdinands...

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World of Tanks History Section: Taking Workers' Village #6

On the morning of January 18th, 1943, the first stage of Operation Spark finally resulted in the long-awaited penetration of the Leningrad blockade. For the first time in two and a half years of...

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KV-3: Gaining Weight

After the adoption of the KV-1, it seemed that the upward trend in the weight of Soviet tanks stopped. Instead of the 60 ton SMK and T-100, the Red Army decided on a vehicle that was almost one third...

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British Tank Production

"Report on the factories of the Nuffield Organization in BirminghamMarch 1st, 19431. Organizational structureThe conglomerate of factories called Nuffield Organization is headed by Lord Nuffield (a...

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Penetration Part 10: Cold War Subcaliber

I already posted penetration intel on Soviet post-war guns, but there were a lot of holes in that table. Let's skip a few years to another upgrade to the Soviet arsenal, the 125 mm smoothbore gun, and...

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Experimental Tank Guns, 1940

NameMass Practical rate of fireHorizontal rangeVertical rangeShot range at max elevationMuzzle velocityShell weightShell capabilityNotes76 mm tank gun F-34 in a T-34 tank1030 kg6-8 RPM360 deg-4 deg+30...

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T-34 mod. 1942 Turrets

RGAE 8752-4-186A conference was held at factory #183 in September of 1942 to determine the necessary changes to increase the quality of T-34 tanks. Among them was the addition of a commander's cupola...

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Turretless Swede: Strv S

In the mid-1950s, Swedish tank building was at a crossroads. The Swedish military needed a tank that was most appropriate for the local theater of war. This tank had to be small and light, have a...

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