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Arty Intel

 "To the Chairman of the GAU Artillery Committee, Major General of Artillery, comrade HohlovThere are three captured weapons at army trophy warehouse #2375 (Budka Chichakovo railroad junction)...

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New Gun for the KV-2

 "To the Director of the Kirov Factory, comrade ZaltsmanCC: Chief of the GABTU, Lieutenant General of the Tank Forces, comrade FedorenkoCC: Chief of the GAU, Colonel General of Artillery, comrade...

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Soviet Camo that Came Too Late

The appearance of tanks on the battlefield in September of 1916 quickly forced many to reconsider some preconceived notions about their use. The first to make changes were the British, who pioneered...

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85 mm for Dummies

 Death to German occupants!Areas ofGERMAN TANKSvulnerable to the 85 mm gunDirectorate of the Commander of the Armoured and Mechanized Forces of the Red ArmyMilitary publisher of the USSR NKO, Moscow,...

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Warspot Article: Shermans at Kursk

 The M4A2 tanks began arriving in the USSR in late 1942, but for various reasons they did not see action until the summer of 1943. The Battle of Kursk was one of the first major engagements these tanks...

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Armoured Confusion: Mid-war

The history of Soviet wartime armoured vehicles bore several misconceptions. There are many reasons for this. A number of myths came from a lack of information. Sometimes historians' own guesses that...

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Video: Sherman Tanks of the Red Army Q&A

A few months ago, I did an AMA on Reddit dedicated to my new book, Sherman Tanks of the Red Army. Some questions came up repeatedly, so I decided to make a video about them. Enjoy!

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IS-4 Green Light

"State Committee of Defense Decree #5583ssMoscow, KremlinApril 8th, 1944On production of experimental prototypes of a new heavy tank at the Kirov factory of the NKTPThe State Committee of Defense...

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Long Living IS

Production of the IS-2 ended in June of 1945. The IS-3 replaced it in production. The IS-3 was supposed to replace it in service as well, and many considered the IS-3 to be a temporary tank as well....

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Repair Crews

 "Order of the People's Commissar of Tank Production of the USSR #438sMoscowJune 6th, 1942For rapid repairs of hulls and turrets of T-34 tanks in front line conditions, I order that:A repair base must...

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Aquino Tank Weekend 2021

Aquino Tank Weekend at the Ontario Regiment Museum is back, and with it another fresh set of reenactments. This year's was a little bit different than before, featuring a newcomer: the Red Army with a...

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Armoured Confusion: Victorious '45

There are many misconceptions about the use of tanks in 1945, same as any other period of the Great Patriotic War. These myths muddle the characteristics of tanks, their application, and sometimes even...

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Video: Hetzer in Action

The Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" tank destroyer at the Ontario Regiment Museum has been under restoration for the past several years. This year, the museum crew put the finishing touches on this vehicle...

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Howitzer T-34

"July 20th, 1942To the director of Kalinin factory #8, comrade FratkinSverdlovskCC: Chief of the NKTP Technical Department, Engineer Colonel GinzburgCC: Chairman of the NKTP Technical Council, SatelRE:...

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On the Way to the Most Numerous American Tank

The Americans met the start of WWII with about a dozen Convertible Medium Tanks T4 and a handful of Medium Tanks M2. Despite this poor state of readiness, American industry made some important steps...

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Video: T-34-85 in Action at Aquino Tank Weekend 2021

This T-34-85 tank was acquired by the Ontario Regiment Museum in 2019 and first shown in 2020. Since then it has been restored to working order and takes part in demonstrations and reenactments at the...

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T-34 Rate of Fire Trials

 "March 1st, 1941Approved by Proving Grounds Chief Colonel RomanovReport on the experimental driver's observation device, ammunition racks, and commander's and loader's seats of the T-34 tank...Program...

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The First Soviet RPG

Widespread use of anti-tank rocket launchers by both the USSR's allies and enemies starting in 1943 forced it to expedite experimental work on these weapons. The first positive results were achieved in...

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Video: Italian M 14/41 Tank in Action

Aquino Tank Weekend hosted at the Ontario Regiment Museum often has a guest appearance from a vehicle owned by the Base Borden museum. Usually these are static displays, but this year visitors were...

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Tips for an Anti-Tank Rifleman

 Advice for anti-tank riflemen penned by Degtyaryev himself published in the Boyevoy Put' newspaper on May 13th, 1944."The anti-tank rifle gives the best effect at a range no more than 250-400...

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