IS-1

Soviet Union (1943) Heavy Tank – 207 Built Based on the KV-85 The origin of the IS-1 project came from numerous reports regarding the KV-1. Even in its faster version, the KV-1S, offered no greater fighting capabilities than the T-34, while costing much more and being more labor intensive. Stalin nearly cancelled all heavy tank…

T-34-85

Soviet Union (1943) Medium Tank – 55,000 Built The Soviet response to the Panther The T-34/76 was designed in 1940 as a multi-purpose vehicle, intended to take advantage of breakthroughs in enemy lines. It kept the original F-34 gun until 1943, despite the appearance of many new AT gun types, new versions of the Panzer…

T-34-76

Soviet Union (1940) Medium Tank – 35,467 Built A landmark in tank history The T-34 was and remains a legend. It is not only the most produced tank of the WWII-era, with 84,000 built (compared to the 48,966 Shermans of all versions) but also one of the longest-serving tanks ever built. Many are still stored in…

T-26

Soviet Union (1931-1941) Light Tank – Around 10,300 Built Based on the Vickers Mark E The Soviet T-26 was the illegitimate offspring of the successful Vickers Mark E export light tank. The “Vickers 6-ton” had no customers when it was first released, in 1931. However, this well-balanced, modern and relatively cheap tank immediately drew the…

Renault R35/40

France (1936-1940) Light Tank – Around 1,690 Built The successor of the famous FT Until 1935, the little vintage Renault FT was the staple of the French tank force. On the mainland, it had been upgraded as the rearmed FT31 but, throughout the colonies, it was left unchanged since 1918. It was clear by 1932 that the…

Hotchkiss H35/39

France (1935-1940) Light Tank – Around 1,200 Built A new breed of light infantry tanks Renault and Schneider had been long time providers in the French tank industry. Hotchkiss (Société Anonyme des Anciens Etablissements Hotchkiss et Cie), founded in 1875 near St Denis (Paris) by Benjamin B. Hotchkiss, an American engineer, was a newcomer in this…

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