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Sherman Conversion

Long time readers already know about Chasovkinov's rather unconventional plan to make the two-gunned ST-II tank. However, this wasn't his first foray into unusual designs. Back during the years of the...

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Covenanter: Reservist Tank

Winston Churchill's saying "The tank that carries my name has more drawbacks than I do!" in regards to the Infantry Tank Mk.IV is well known. Despite this evaluation, the Churchill was the...

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Medium Tank Mk.I: First of the Maneuver Tanks

The end of the First World War coincided with the decline of vehicles designed by William Tritton. Drastic budget cuts meant that further development of heavy tanks in Great Britain stopped. As for the...

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Light Tank M22: Steel Locust

Thanks to John Walther Christie, the USA was the leader in airborne tanks before WWII, but with one caveat: not a single one of his vehicles was actually accepted into service. However, Christie's...

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T-34 with Big Guns

"Factory #221To the People's Commissar of Armament of the USSR, comrade UstinovTo GAU Chief Lieutenant-General of Artillery comrade YakovlevRE: 152 mm gun and 203 mm howitzer SPGBy personal initiative,...

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Quality for 1945

"Attachment to GOKO decree #6868s issued on November 4th, 1944List of further design and production improvements of tanks and SPGs.On IS tanks and SPGs:Prevent the premature wear of the engine...

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T-34 Improvements, 1943

"To the Chief of the GABTU Technical Directorate, Major-General of the Tank Forces, comrade AfoninCC: NKTP Main Inspectorate Chief, Engineer-Lieutenant-Colonel comrade GutmanI attach excerpts from...

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Heroic Driver

"Award OrderName: Kharitonov, Nikolai PavlovichRank: StarshinaPosition and unit: mechanic-driver of a T-34 tank, 1st Tank Battalion, 65th Volnovakha Order of the Red Banner, Order of Suvorov Tank...

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T2 Medium: Scaling Up

Starting with the M2 Medium Tank, American medium tanks were based on the M2 Light Tank. The method of their creation was as follows: novelties were tried out on a light tank, then the tank was...

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KV-7: Lock, Stock, and Three Smoking Barrels

Work on heavy SPGs in the Soviet Union began in the early 1930s. By the end of the decade, development stopped, but began anew in early 1940. The Red Army needed tanks to destroy enemy pillboxes. The...

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Tanks in the East

"To the Chief of the 8th Main Directorate of the NKOP, Brigadier-Engineer comrade SviridovI send you these materials on trials of fighting and armoured vehicles BT-7A, T-38, FAI and trucks GAZ-AA,...

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Slapfight in the Armoury

"To the Chief of the BTU 4th Department, Engineer-Lieutenant-Colonel comrade F.A. NenarokovIn connection with your questions on 37 mm guns produced by the NKV, I report the following.Technical Council...

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Repair Issues

"To the Chief of the Technical Directorate of GBTU, Major-General of the Tank Forces, comrade AfoninDespite exhaustive instructions given to the factory (GBTU Chief Lieutenant-General Vershinin's...

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Half-size Track Problems

In 1941 (and later in 1943), a curious experiment was undertaken by Soviet track manufacturers, half-size "idle" (without a tooth) tracks for the T-34 and vehicles on its chassis. Half-sized track...

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Mythical Tanks

German secret tank projects are a common topic for internet arguments, reshuffling of facts, or outright falsifications. Some of this is done as a joke, some out of ignorance, and some intentionally....

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Mauschen: Rat Race

The history of the Pz.Kpfw. Maus is still full of blank spots, despite the popularity of the subject. The beginning of the tank's development from March of 1942 to 1943 is the least studied area....

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The Lend Lease Act

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Secondary Armament Boost

"Conclusions on the design project for a breech-loaded mortar and grenade launcher installed in T-34 and KV-1S tanks, as designed by the factory #455 design bureauThe mortar and grenade launcher...

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One Armed Driver

"Award OrderName: Khomenko, Ignat StepanovichRank: Senior SergeantPosition, unit: SU-122 mechanic-driver, 1817th SPG Regimentis nominated for the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.Year of birth:...

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World of Tanks History Section: Tiger Armageddon at Lisow

By noon of the first day of the Sandomierz-Silesian Offensive Operation, Soviet infantry penetrated the first line of German defenses and hit the second. Quickly realizing the situation, Marshall...

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