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The Red Army, Russian Tanks, German Tanks

10-12-2012

Tank in Action

The first combat tests of Soviet tanks came in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), clashes in the Far East with Japan (1938-39), and the Russo-Finnish War (1939-40). The great contrasts in weather, terrain and nature of the opponents in these conflicts provided diverse lessons about the tactical employment of armour, and revealed both the strengths and weaknesses of the T-26.

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09-12-2012

Light tank

Light tanks were used as reconnaissance vehicles, scouting ahead of the main forces. In theory, they used agility, speed and a low silhouette to compensate for thin armour and modest firepower, but their crews on the Eastern Front were extremely vulnerable and suffered heavy losses.

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12-12-2012

Tank operation, Panzer corps

The evolution of then Deep Operation concept led to a change in the organization of Soviet armoured and mechanized forces in order to meet the requirements for large-scale offensive actions. Principally this involved the concentration of tanks in large tank corps rather than rhe mechanized corps.

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11-12-2012

Deep Operation

The ideas of Deep Battle were crystallized in the 1936 Field Regulations (PU-36). Although banned during Stalin's purges, the 1936 regulations were re-introduced during World War II as the 1944 Field Regulations (PU-44), forming the basis for successful Soviet military operations in the latter stages of the war.

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10-12-2012

Deep Battle, Soviet tank

Of central importance to the evolution of Soviet military art was an appreciation of the condicions of modern war. Citing evidence from World War I, Red Army theorists concluded that the million-man armies created by modern industrialized states were too resilient and phys ically large to be defeated in a single campaign.

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