Matilda II in Soviet Service

Soviet Union (1941) Infantry Tank – 1,084 Shipped, 918 Received As a result of Germany’s Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Soviets lost large numbers of their tank forces. From June to December 1941, sources suggest the losses range from 5000 to as many as 15,000 tanks, up to half of the…

T-12 & T-24

Soviet Union (1931) Medium Tank – 25 Built Didn’t quite make the cut The T-12 and the T-24 were attempts to improve the line of Soviet tanks deriving from MS (T-18) tanks, mostly consisting of failed prototypes such as the T-19, T-21, and T-23. On paper, it seemed like a good idea, seeing as though…

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…