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Tanker's Oath

"A Socialist Obligation of soldiers, commanders, and political workers of the 1st Tank Battalion, 100th Tank BrigadeTo the People's Commissar of Tank Production, comrade V.A. MalyshevWe, the soldiers,...

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Warspot Article: Sherman Jumbo

 In early 1944 the Americans decided to build a heavily armoured assault tank based on the Sherman. Instead of reviving the disappointing T14 built for the British, they simply added more armout to the...

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Just Add Armour

 The caleidoscope of various vehicles based on the Heavy Tank T26E3 shows how difficult the situation was with American heavy tanks. The T26E3 was really a medium tank, especially when it came to...

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Warspot Article: Canadian Valentines

Canada is not known for its arms industry, but during WWII the nation pitched in a significant quantity of weapons. One example is the Valentine tank. 1420 units were built at the Angus Shops in...

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Bunker Buster

"Top SecretCopy #21st Department of Land Artillery, GAUDecember 14th, 1940#721557ssTo the Chief of the Red Army GABTU, Lieutenant General of the Tank Forces, comrade FedorenkoThe Red Army Main...

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How the Wehrmacht's Diesel Stalled

All mass produced German tanks in WWII were equipped with gasoline engines. This fact resulted in a lot of myths that are being repeated to this day. How did Germany end up with a Maybach monopoly on...

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Double Tigers

 "American EmbassyAmerican Military MissionMoscowUSSRSeptember 13th, 1944To Major General V.N. YevstigneyevChief of the Department of External AffairsPeople's Commissar of DefenseMoscowUSSRDear General...

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IS-7 Trials

"Commission for Government Trials according to decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR issued on July 28th, 1948#0306ccSeptember 4th, 1948Kirov factory, LeningradTo Acting Minister of Transport...

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An Overloaded Big Cat

German tank builders started producing tanks with greater characteristics than those of their competitors since late 1942. First was the Tiger Ausf.E which had no equivalent for over a year. The...

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Flamethrower Tanks

"Excerpt from the trip report to the Volkhov FrontThe 502nd and 503rd Independent Tank Battalions used flamethrower tanks rarely, but the commanders and crews still praise highly the effect of...

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Warspot Article: Churchill Mk.I

After their defeat on the mainland in 1940, the British army ordered the development of a new infantry tank. As radically new designs often go, the Infantry Tank Mk.IV or Churchill had a pretty rough...

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Extra Life 2020

Extra Life Link: https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=431439Tomorrow at 12:00 Eastern I'll be starting streaming WW2 games for the benefit of the...

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A Step in the Right Direction

Work on a radically new tank often results in the creation of intermediate vehicles. This exact thing happened with Soviet medium tanks in WW2. Several attempts were made to replace the T-34 with...

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T-34 Protection Trials

"ConclusionsBased on the trials of two T-34 hulls and turrets, the commission finds that:On the impact of cracks and hot tears around welding on shell resistance:When shells impact the area of...

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Background Check

"Name: Koshkin, Mikhail IlyichYear of birth: 1898Nationality: RussianEducation: engineer-designerParty affiliation: party member since 1919Party offenses: noneMembership in other parties:...

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Still With a Cabin

Usually one or two prototypes are built before a tank goes into production with only a few changes. However, there are exceptions. With IS series of tanks there were three of them, two of which were...

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Automatic Welding

"Order of the People's Commissar of Tank Production of the USSR #837sMoscowDecember 19th, 1942Production using automatic welding under a layer of flux when producing armoured hulls at factory #183,...

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Pereverzev's KV-4

Mass: 100 tonsLength: 9300 mmWidth: 3800 mmHeight: 3320 mmWheelbase: 3000 mmClearance: 330 mmTrack contact surface: 7180 mmGround pressure: [illegible]Engine type: M-40Engine power: 1200 hpTop speed:...

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Video: Performance of Tanks in Snow

It is often said that the Red Army effortlessly won battles in the winter because its tanks worked in the snow while the German ones didn't. I take a look at how true this statement is in my latest...

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Distorted Tanks

"October _, 1942#050To the Chief of Staff of the 1st Motorized BrigadeThe Red Army General Staff reports that the German army has the following new types of tanks:T-5 tank. Weight: 30 tons. Armament: 1...

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