Monday, November 24, 2008


   1943 T-34/85
The Russian T-34 is generally agreed the best all-around tank in the war.  The Germans were surprised, first by its capabilities and then by the staggering quantities produced by Soviet industry.  The T-34 was a simple and rugged design.  Its reliability was legendary.  There have been T-34s pulled out of bogs in recent years that, after some clean-up, worked perfectly.  One example found in an Estonian bog is here. WW2 tanks were notoriously finicky, especially German tanks.  Not the T-34.  It was built, well, like a tank. The platform was exceptionally flexible.  Armor, gun and engine were all improved through the war.  The picture above is a 1943 model with a big 85mm gun.