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Comparing Shells

 "Report of the GBTU Self Propelled Artillery Directorate on results of comparative penetration trials of American, German, and domestic AP shellsMay 13th, 1945Firing according to the attached...

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Panther Weak Spots

Soviet diagrams showing areas where to shoot enemy tanks are pretty common. There were both elaborate ones showing various weapons printed at the Publisher of the People's Commissariat of Defense and...

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Limping Jagdtiger

The German Jagdtiger tank destroyer was built in two variants: one with a Porsche suspension and one with a Henschel one. The former was deemed poor and removed from production. This fact is stated in...

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T-34 Improvements

 "Order of the People's Commissar of Tank Production of the USSR #230-MMoscowJune 12th, 1942With the intention of further improvement of the quality of T-34 tanks and realization of decisions made at...

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American Experience

 "Report by the 92nd Tank Brigade on use of American M3 medium and M3 light tanks in August of 1942Positive qualities from a tactical point of view:Good density of fire.Good visibility from the medium...

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T-34's Heart on Trial

The engine is the most complicated and most important component of any tracked fighting vehicle. It might even take more time to develop the engine than the rest of the tank put together. Even today,...

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SU-76 Misuse

 "#850469June 19th, 1945The GBTU Tank Usage Directorate received reports of incorrect use of SU-76 SPGs issued to rifle corps.For instance, the 37th and 39th Rifle Corps of the 9th Guards Army used the...

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King Tiger Intel

 "Memo on the new "King Tiger" (Koenigstiger) heavy tank and methods of combat against itElements of the 1st Ukrainian Front captured 4 King Tiger tanks near Szydłów on August 12th, 1944, one of which...

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Bulldog's Ancestor

The Americans finished WW2 in a very strange position. On one hand they achieved great things, on the other hand they had fallen behind in a few areas. One of the aspects in which the Americans were in...

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Warspot Article: Anglo-Canadian Cruiser

Canada is not a well known tank building nation, but they managed to produce a very competitive design during WW2. Based on the Medium Tank M3 chassis, it combined European and North American...

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Where There's Smoke

 "Use of smoke in tank units as a method of improving survivability of a tankSome experience gained from using smoke from the Churchill tank during penetration of heavily fortified defenses allows for...

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Intermediate Revolution

Work on the Light Tank T37 officially began on September 27th, 1946. This was the first of the radically new tanks developed after WW2. The appearance of this vehicle was an important event, since it...

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Waking the Canadian Bear

The Canadian Ram tank was superior to its predecessor, the American Medium Tank M3, but the newer Sherman tank surpassed its Canadian brother. The solution was simple: Canada would build Sherman tanks....

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Change in Ranks

The Red Army set a high standard for tank crew ranks in 1941, namely that commanders of nearly all tanks were officers. In 1945 Fedorenko petitioned the General Staff to roll that bar back a...

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Regimental Support Gun

The history of vehicles and weapons developed and produced in Leningrad in the summer of 1941 and during the blockade is an interesting topic for researchers. One of the most interesting parts are the...

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100 mm Guns

 "May 17th, 1945I report to you on the work performed by the People's Commissariat and factories #92 and #9 on improving the firepower of T-34, T-44, and T-54 medium tanks.Two types of 100 mm guns were...

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Start of the T-54

 "May 7th, 1945I report that in mid-February of this year I ordered NKTP factory #75 to develop a mount for the 100 mm gun in the T-44 tank with a new 1700 mm wide turret ring. The design and working...

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T-34's Heart in a Tractor

The engine is the most complicated and most important component of any tracked fighting vehicle. It might even take more time to develop the engine than the rest of the tank put together. Even today,...

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IS-4 Report

 "To comrade I.V. StalinRE: experimental heavy tank designed at the Kirov factoryWe report that the Kirov factory has designed a new heavy tank that has several distinct features from existing...

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Street Fighter

 "Tuesday, March 20th, 1945Bulletin of street fighting experience, a daily publication of the Red Army newspaper For the Destruction of the EnemyGuards Jr. Lieutenant-Technician M. LitvinovGuards Jr....

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