The Red Army, Russian Tanks, German Tanks


Medium tank, BT-1, BT-2, BT-5

Developed in 1932, this may have been а straight copy of the T-3, even down то the 166kW (350bhp) V-12 Liberty petrol engine with maximum road speed on tracks of 65km/h (40mph) and on wheels of 105km/h (65mph). Some assert that the BT-1 was in fact the designation for the original Christie vehicles.

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Christie Tank

Though a medium tank. with its three turrets the T-28 looked superficially like a heavy tank and could be mistaken for the multi- turreted T-35. The T-28 had been developed in 1932 at the Leningrad Kirov Plant or Bolshevik Factory as a break-through tank, and it drew on the British A6 medium and German NbFz Grosstraktor design.

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Soviet Tank T-24 T-26

The Red Army's experiments with the BT series of fast tanks paved the way for the development of the T-34, arguably the finest tank of the last century. The German invasion in 1941 led to the rediscovery of the doctrines of deep battle that had first been tested with BT tanks in the 1930s.

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Soviet Tank T-70

After modifications to the power system, re designing the turret in flat annour plate rather than copying the T-40's construction, and placing it on the left of the hull with the engines on the right for easier construction, the T-70 was accepted for production in March 1942.

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Amphibious Tank

Another area in which British designs had a strong influence on early Soviet tank types was the developmem of amphibious light armoured vehicles. The series of tank types bought from Vickers-Armstrong / Carden Loyd in 1929 had included the innovative VCL Amphibian tank.

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