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Pre-War Potential

As worldwide tank building practice shows, it takes about five years to develop a new tank in peace time from the development of the requirements to the final product. The tank often changes...

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Video: Sherman Reliability

A new video is up! This time I answer a Reddit user's question: how reliable was the Sherman tank? As you can imagine, it's not a trivial question to answer, especially due to the wide variety of...

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76 mm vs T-34

Even though the T-34 was not designed to withstand 76 mm AP shells, trials with various kinds of 76 mm ammunition were still included in the tests of defective hulls and turrets."d) Firing 76 mm type...

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Object 704

"To GBTU TU chief, Engineer-Colonel comrade BlagonravovI report that the Kirov factory design bureau is completing the development of an SPG on the chassis of the Kirovets-1 tank.The hull is...

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Christie Price List

"Minutes of the discussion between comrades Khalepskiy, Gobar, and mister ChristieChristie only produces one type of tank and wishes to elaborate on interest in "the type of tank that you produce for...

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T-43, Take One

Factory #183 in Kharkov worked on the T-34M medium tank in the first half of 1941. This tank was supposed to replace the T-34 in the second half of 1941. The start of the Great Patriotic War forced the...

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Video: Christie Tanks and BT-2

My newest video is up! This time I take a look at how Christie came up with his revolutionary suspension, what exactly made it so good, and how his designs came to influence Soviet tanks.

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Common Questions: Sherman vs. Tiger

The topic of Sherman vs. Tiger is one of the most consistently popular ones that comes up during the discussion of WWII armoured warfare. Despite the years that have passed, such simple questions as...

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Japanese Tank Destroyers

"Directions on tactical techniques and military misdirection used by the Japanese army and countermeasures against them...Tank destroyer groupsIn all types of anti-tank defenses, the Japanese consider...

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T-43 Wishlist

"Tactical-Technical Characteristics for a Medium TankNovember 9th, 19431. Overall characteristicsType: tracked, single turretMass: 33-34 tonsCrew: 4Armour: rolled, homogeneous, high hardness:Hull...

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An Intermediate Step

The road to a new tank often goes through a number of intermediate prototypes. The Germans took this road to the Tiger and Panther, the American Pershing also evolved in a similar fashion. Soviet tank...

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Video: Hunting Tigers, North Africa 1943

The Tiger was undoubtedly at the height of its power in early 1943, but could it still be defeated? I take a look at British weapons available at the time in North Africa and how effective they were...

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Soviet Tank Observation

From "Observation from Modern Tanks"Engineer-Major L.S. TolokonnikovVestnik Tankovoy Promyshlennosti (Tank Industry Herald) 1944 #10"Presently, tanks use simple observation devicesObservation slits...

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Tanker's Syllablus

"ApprovedDeputy Technical Commander of the 3rd Guards Tank Army, Guards Major General of the Tank Engineering Service, SolovyevJune 14th, 1945Program for technical training of tank and SPG crews in the...

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Penal Company

"HQ371st Rifle DivisionPersonnel departmentAugust 8th, 1942#0770To the Chief of Staff of the 30th ARmyRE: #04/01114I report that a penalty company could not be organized within the 371st Rifle Division...

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Stillborn Maus

The Pz.Kpfw. Maus is one of the most famous German tanks. It was the heaviest tank ever built in history. Opinions about the Maus tend to be extreme opposites, some believe that the Maus was the...

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Warspot Article: The Longest Millimeter

The Sherman tank was superior to any other tank in North Africa when it made its debut in October of 1942, but such supremacy is rarely permanent. Improvement to its firepower in the form of a 76 mm...

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Video: Did T-34 Prototypes See Battle?

It is often claimed that T-34 tank prototypes were tested in combat in the Winter War, and sometimes even in the Battle of Khalkin Gol. I explore whether or not this was possible and where the tanks...

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85 mm Vertical Stabilizer

"To the Chief of the 2nd Department of the GAU Artillery Committee, Major General of the Artillery Engineering Service, comrade KomarovActing Chief of the 1st Department of the GAU, Engineer-Colonel...

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Waste Not, Want Not

A number of defective hulls and turrets that were rejected by QA were still put to good use by the GABTU. The parts were rejected due to cracking, particularly around the welds, but the question of how...

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