Russian Renault

Soviet Union (1920) Light Tank – 15 Built On March 19, 1919, the young Soviet state acquired its first FT tanks. This acquisition followed the victory of General Grigoriyev Nikifor’s 2nd Ukrainian Soviet Army over the Interventionist White Forces in a battle near the German colony of Worms, now known as Vynohradne in the Berezivka…

KhTZ-16

Soviet Union (1941) Tractor Tank – 70-90 Built A necessity The tests done between 1930-1932 by the Red Army to create a fighting vehicle based on tractors were totally unsuccessful, so the appearance of  the KhTZ-16 was a sign of sheer desperation by the USSR. In 1941, as a result of the Soviet need for…

Odessa Tank / NI

Ukrainian SSR (1941) Tractor Tank – Estimated 55-70 Built Odessa’s Forgotten Glory The NI, or Odessa Tank, was one of the many improvised tanks of WWII. Due to the shortages of tanks at Odessa in 1941, Soviet workers in one factory began producing an improvised tank, seemingly without any substantial heavy machinery. The tank was little…

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…