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Hungarian StuH

The German StuG III assault gun inspired AFV designers in a number of nations, Hungary included. The Hungarian army was in desperate need of a support vehicle with a more powerful weapon than the 20 mm...

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Foreign Aid

"GBTU Tank Directorate report on the amount of imported tanks received from 1941 to January 1945March 10th, 1945 Crom-wellChur-chillMatil-daValen-tine 3-5Valen-tine 7Valen-tine 9-10M4-A2M4-A4M3 medM3...

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Upgrade

 "#006March 19th, 1945In order to refresh the materiel of the Transbaikal Front tank forces, I order to:Rearm the first regiment of each tank division of the Transbaikal Front with T-34 tanks (69 T-34...

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A Sequel with Improvements

The American Heavy Tank T26E3 was standardized as the Heavy Tank M26 on March 29th, 1945. This stage was preceded by front line trials where the vehicle that the Americans spent so much time and effort...

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Gas Siphon

 "Award OrderName: Polyakov, Anatoliy ArkadyevichRank: Guards Red ArmymanPosition and unit: mechanic-fitter of the technical support company, 18th Minsk Order of the Red Banner Guards Tank Brigadeis...

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Warspot Article: Tanks Worth Their Weight in Gold

One can often hear the argument that Moscow would have fallen in 1941 if not for Lend Lease tanks provided free of charge to the USSR. The truth is somewhat more complicated than that. Read what effect...

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Patton's Growing Pains

The US Army received the M48A5 tank in the early 1970s. This index represented earlier tanks, chiefly the M48A3, upgraded to match the characteristics of the M60. The modernization consisted of...

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A Flame Throwing Alternative

The USSR was one of the few nations that seriously explored tank flamethrowers in the 1930s. Initially there were plans to install a flamethrower on the T-18 (MS-1) tank, but the adoption of its...

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Weight Gain

 "#0791669February 17th, 1945The NKPS Technical Commission has established that the M4A2 tank weighs 32.5-33 tons. Loading two M4A2 tanks on one 60 ton flat car is categorically forbidden to avoid...

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How to Lose Everything and Learn Nothing

German tanks and SPGs of the second half of WW2 are often praised as "wonder weapons". Based on what is written about them, one can only come to the conclusion that Germany lost WW2 by accident. This...

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The Wehrmacht's Equestrian Might

There are a lot of myths about WW2 that are actively promoted to this day. One of those myths is the total motorization of the German army. It is often said that that only the Soviets rode around on...

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Health and Safety

 "#850232March 26th, 1945Tank units armed with heavy tanks report instances where the spent brass catcher is removed from the 122 mm D-25 gun because it stops the spent brass from extracting fully.The...

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Panzerwaffe Between III and IV

German tank building during WW2 ended up in a situation where the similar Pz.Kpfw.III and Pz.Kpfw.IV tanks as well as SPGs and other vehicles on their chassis were built in parallel in large numbers....

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Turn up the Heat

 "April 13th, 1945Experience gathered as a result of experiments performed at the NIBT Proving Grounds and the front lines of the Patriotic War show that instructions to heat up V-2 family engines at...

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Mix and Match

 "#837681April 6th, 1945The NIBT Proving Grounds tested Tiger Ausf.B road wheels on a T-34-85 tank. Trials showed that these wheels are more reliable than those used on the T-34-85 tank.No defects...

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A Prospective Standard Chassis

The E-50 and E-75 are a special topic within the history of German tank building. These tanks were not finished before the end of the war, and the work that was performed is still not entirely known....

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Obsolete Tanks

 "#0858795April 10th, 1945I report that production for the T-27, T-30, T-37, T-38, T-40, and T-60 tanks has ceased. As of April 1st, 1945, there are 566 tanks of these types that require refurbishment...

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Far East Reliability

 "September 29th, 1945The following technical defects were discovered in tanks and SPGs of the Transbaikal Front after crossing the Manchurian and Mongolian steppe, mountains of the Greater Khingan,...

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Playing Catch-up

When talking about the status of tank building in various nations at the start of WW2, many tend to point to the Americans as the worst ones off. This is entirely incorrect. First of all, the American...

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Nine Years of Tank Archives

The Tank Archives blog turns 9 this year! At this point, I've published 2594 posts for a total of 6,931,512 views. The numbers don't lie, this has been my most successful year yet with over 1.18...

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