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Shashmurin's KV-4

Fighting characteristics:Mass: 92 tonsFull length: 10 (9.5) mFull width: 4 mFull height: 3.25 mWheelbase: 3.15 mClearance: 0.55 mContact surface length: 6.2 (5.8) mGround pressure: 0.88 kg/sq.cm.Diesel...

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American Steel

The USSR received a lot of American armour, both as a part of finished tanks and armour plates. Soviet representatives had some access to the American steel industry as a result, and specialists toured...

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Long-Living Trophy

 Germany chose only four tanks from the heterogeneous fleet captured from France in 1940: the SOMUA S 35 cavalry tank, Char B1 bis battle tank, as well as the Renault R 35 and Hotchkiss H 39 light...

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T-60 for Dummies

"Brief directions regarding the use of T-60 tanksThe T-60 tank is a highly mobile combat vehicle armed with an automatic cannon.The past snowy winter limited the mobility of these vehicles or in some...

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The Elusive Maus

The Maus tank still inspires the imaginations of military history enthusiasts to this day, but the Allies knew nothing about it until after Germany's surrender. In my latest article on Warspot.net I...

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Video: Soviet Tank Destroyers Part 1

My latest video is up. In the first part of this series, I take a look at one of the various kinds of troops known as "tank destroyers" in the Red Army.

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Bombs vs Tanks

The eternal question of aircraft vs tanks came up during the recent stream with Valeriy Zamulin about the Battle of Kursk."I saw an analysis I think in August-September of 1943 of using HE bombs on...

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A SPAAG for the Panzerwaffe

The result of battles in WWII was often decided by tank spearheads that cracked open defensive lines like a tin can. Combat against tanks was a priority and every possible asset was aimed against them,...

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The Real Panzer '46

There is a certain group of people who are dead certain that if the Germans got lucky and held on for at least a year then they would get a second chance. The only reaction to this opinion can be a...

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Armour Up

"Order of the People's Commissar of Tank Production of the USSRMoscowJuly 23rd 1943In order to achieve rapid organization and preparations for production of heavy IS tank hulls from high hardness...

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Panther Penetration

"Maximum penetration at which the armour of the German Panther tank is destroyedComposed according to experimental firing data.SystemAmmunition typeMaximum distance in meters at which penetration was...

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T-34 Variants

"Tactical-technical requirements for the T-34 "SU-34" SPGT-34 (mass production)T-34 lightened (SPG)T-34MT-34 thickenedT-34M lightened (SPG)Mass (tons)27.5 23.5-2425.528-28.519-20Armament*76 mm or 57 mm...

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Bug with a Big Caliber

Germany was a leader in self propelled artillery at the start of WWII. Approaching the idea of motorized artillery from a new angle, they ended up with a wide spectrum of SPGs by the middle of the war....

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Experiments in Tankograd

"People's Commissariat of Tank Production#1041sFebruary 9th, 1942To the Deputy Chair of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR, People's Commissar of Tank Production, V.A. MalyshevThe creation...

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Tank Brigade Experience

"To Deputy People's Commissar of Defense, Lieutenant General FedorenkoExperience in battle, especially the experience of the [91st Tank] Brigade between August 21st and 29th, 1942, shows that the KV...

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Video: When is the T-34 a Tank Destroyer?

A new video is up! This is a second video on my series on Soviet tank destroyers. This time I take a look at what exactly defines a tank destroyer and dispel some myths about the elusive T-34 tank...

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Big Anti-Tank Feline

 The Jagdpanther is one of the most famous German tank destroyers of WW2. Even though it was built on the chassis of the medium Panther tank, it's classified as a heavy tank destroyer. Many consider it...

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PIAT Review

A limited number of PIAT anti-tank grenade launchers were shipped to the USSR in 1944, but it was unclear if any of the weapons ever made it to the front line. Turns out they have, although they name...

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PIAT Gunner

 "Award OrderName: Novikov, Gennadiy VasilyevichRank: yefreitorPosition, unit: rocket gunner of the 252nd Independent Special Purpose Motorized Battalionis nominated for the Order of the Red Star.Year...

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The British Way: Boys and PIAT

In WWI the British created a new type of armoured vehicle: the tank. Very little attention was dedicated to the issue of anti-tank defense, as the Germans had very few analogous vehicles. However, in...

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