Panzer hunters soviet antitank guns of wwii with photos. For other countries see list of world war ii aces by country. Tanks were an important weapons system in world war ii. The supplies of british tanks encompassed a very wide range of types including the matilda, churchill, and valentine and even a few tetrarch airborne tanks. The complete illustrated history of soviet armoured theory and design, harrisburg penn stackpole books. This study summarizes the airground support doctrine and systems employed by both the allies and their adversaries in world war ii.
The t54, t62 and t72 main battle tanks along with the personnel carriers, assault guns, selfpropelled guns and antitank missiles that are. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new. At the start of world war ii the most common tank in soviet service was the t26 derived from the vickers. Before the end, the allies would be crowned the victors thanks largely to numerical superiority, setting the groundwork for a whole new generation of tanks to come in the cold war years 19471991. This is a list of fighter aces in world war ii from the soviet union. The memoirs of a soviet tank and selfpropelled gun commander who fought at.
One report would praise some technical feature only to have a report from another unit damn the same feature. Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily primary operator. The list does not include all vehicles, as there were many more experimental, or otherwise rare vehicles. Its old so not on kindle, used paperbacks can be gotten for very cheap. The book offers a comprehensive survey of soviet afvs, from the prewar t18 light tank and bt. The soviet t35a is the only fiveturreted tank in history to enter production.
In midjuly of 1943, tiger tanks of the german army during the heavy fighting south of orel, during the battle of kursk. This, in fact, is the biggest tank battle in world war ii, glantz said. In comparison is2 vs tiger ii, also known as king tiger or royal tiger, we dive into their characteristics and performance to determine which one was the best heavy tank. I planned to have a longer video today but it got delayed due to waiting to. Buy russian tanks of world war ii technical guides by stephen hart isbn. List of world war ii aces from the soviet union wikipedia. Organized chronologically by type, russian tanks of world war ii offers a.
There are a total of 67 ww2 soviet tanks 19391945 in the military factory. On june 22, 1941, hitler launched a massive threepronged attack on the soviet union, and in days his troops were within reach of moscow. World of tanks realistic online tank game play for free. On the positive side, the author does a good job in laying out the historical context of soviet armor development in the prewar wwii period and provides a lot of informative data on soviet. There is no doubting that this book contains a lot of info about wwii era soviet armor. Soviet lendlease tanks of world war ii new vanguard book. The largest tank battle of world war ii has been lost in. An american tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in world war ii. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order 1toz.
The battle of kursk was a second world war engagement between german and soviet forces. A good overview of the development of soviet tanks from the early models based on british and american originals to the excellent russian designed t34 and the heavy is tanks. Russian soldiers raising soviet flag over berlin x 19 world war. Dont forget how the soviet union saved the world from hitler the. Soviet anti tank guns played a crucial role in confronting german equipment on the eastern front of the second world war, called the great patriotic war in the ussr. Excellent site showing color illustrations of vehicles, aircraft, ships, guns, weapons, and other, for all major, and most smaller powers.
The first chapter is on the amazon page for the book. From july until august of 1943, the region around kursk would see the largest series of armored battles in history, as germans brought some 3,000 of their tanks to engage more than 5,000 soviet tanks. In this video well look at the numbers, and also the only. It turns out that prokhorovka is not the biggest tank battle of ww2, or of all time. In fact, this relatively secret tank never saw action in ww2. Organised chronologically by type, russian tanks of world war ii offers a highly illustrated. With regards to ww2, many socalled experts have determined that the american m4 sherman tank was one of the worst weapons fielded by the allies. In his book death traps belton cooper believes that the m4 got many american servicemen unneedlessly killed due to intentionally poor construction.
This article needs additional citations for verification. This article contains one or more incomplete lists which may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. The memoirs of a red army penal company commander, 194345 by alexander v. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. When it comes to book series about tanks and armored vehicles, osprey publishings new vanguard series certainly holds claim to being the longest running. World war ii world war ii forces and resources of the european combatants, 1939. Soviet evaluations of lendlease tanks were all over the map, zaloga notes. Spearhead is a wwii book on tank strategy, but humanity. Indeed, western and russian histories starkly differ on the importance of lendlease armor to the overall soviet. The publication of soviet lendlease tanks of world war ii new vanguard, the 247th book in the series, is a testament to the popularity and quality of these books. They were a specialized weapon of various calibers, the main purpose of which was the destruction of enemy armored vehicles by direct fire. On the positive side, the author does a good job in laying out the historical context of soviet armor development in the prewar wwii period and provides a lot of informative data on soviet military hardware and philosophy of the period. Kursk is the santa claus and easter bunny of world war ii battles.
Soviet lendlease tanks of world war ii osprey publishing. The soviet union started and ended the war with more tanks than the rest of the world combined 18,00022,000. Captured enemy tanks and lendlease tanks are also included in this listing. A thousand coffee table books and countless hours of popular history programs have. You know in a war lasting 6 years that both allied and axis nations would come up with some of the most bizarre ideas for tanks and hellsome of them were just downright terrible. Assault gun and tank destroyer variants of these tanks are also covered, which is a real bonus.
The spanish civil war demonstrated the need for much heavier armour on tanks, and was the main influence on soviet tank design just prior to world war ii. I bought both, and just finished tiger tracks read in two sittings, btw and it was the most visceral and unflinching account of tank on tank warfare i have ever read. Soviet tanks and combat vehicles of world war two, london. Get the best deals on original ww ii russian photographs when you shop the largest online selection at. This book covers the history of the development, use in battle, and future impact of the major tank designs. Once regrouped after the axis invasion of june 1941, the soviet army proved something of an unstoppable force its armored corps becoming the spearhead to victory. Idk if you are into the vietnam era armor but i liked tank sergeant by ralph zumbro. Germany and russia fought historys largest tank battle during.
Prokhorovka at kursk is not the biggest tank battle of the. This is a list of tanks produced in factories of the russian empire, soviet. The soviet union received three american medium tank types in large numbers. When russias t14 armata tank broke down at a parade rehearsal on. The growth and development of stalins armoured might is illustrated with 170 rare blackandwhite photographs, some of which have never been. At the start of world war ii the most common tank in soviet service was the t26 derived from the vickers 6ton, lightly armoured and armed with a 45 mm gun capable of penetrating most german tanks at normal combat ranges. Soviet lendlease tanks of world war ii new vanguard book 247 kindle edition by zaloga, steven, morshead, henry. The turret was initially fitted with a 100mm gun, later upgraded to a 122mm. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading soviet lendlease tanks of world war ii new vanguard book 247. The book was a huge commercial success, selling one million hardcover copies and going through twenty printings in its first year. A collection of public domain world war ii books, radio broadcasts, vdiscs, films, and other ephemera. American tanks and afvs of world war ii, michael green.
The largest tank battle of world war ii has been lost in time. Red army tanks of world war ii is an authoritative history of soviet armoured forces before 1945, detailing their development, tactics and equipment from the early days of the tank arm in the 1920s, through the purges of the late 1930s and the german invasion in 1941, to the epic tank battle of kursk, and eventual victory in the streets of berlin. The answer to the most played out and annoying question about the war. This is an educational video documenting the characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of two famous soviet tanks of the cold war era, the t64. The book offers a comprehensive survey of soviet afvs. The tragic first ten days of world war ii on the eastern front. Soviet made is2 tanks kept at the chinese peoples liberation army tank museum. King tigertiger ii germanys attempt at engineering one of the s. World of tanks is an epic online multiplayer game featuring authentic tanks from the mid20th century. Stalins armoured might first edition by tim bean, will fowler isbn. A comparative look at airground support doctrine and practice in world war ii csi report no. The book offers a comprehensive survey of soviet afvs, from. Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily.
Soviet tanks were moved out of the salient to form a large reserve force for. Russian tanks is a pictorial record of soviet armored forces before and during world war ii. Near the city of kursk on the eastern front, hundreds of soviet tanks. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. T44 with dished roadwheels in winter exercises after the. Armor expert zaloga enters the battle over the best tanks of world war ii with this heavycaliber blast of a book armed with more than forty years of research. Wwii photo destroyed on the outskirts soviet tank t 34 world war 192. Finally, a decent wellrounded book on the soviet tanks of ww2. Soviet union spain sweden thailand the netherlands united kingdom usa yugoslavia. In september 1939 the allies, namely great britain, france, and poland, were together superior in industrial resources, population, and military manpower, but the german army, or wehrmacht, because of its armament, training, doctrine, discipline, and fighting spirit, was the most efficient and effective.
The dramatic struggle of the tank crews against german advance is told through the photographs in the book, some of which have never been published before. There are a total of 169 world war 2 tanks 19391945 entries in the military factory. Prior to the invasion of the soviet union during world war ii, the german armed forces were not aware of two newly developed soviet tanks, the t34 and the kv. Although its scholarly reputation is often debated, the rise and fall of the third reich remains one of the most influential tomes about world war ii to this day. Check out two new discounted bundles in the premium shop. Soviet lendlease tanks of world war ii by steven j. Of the tanks produced between 1930 and 1940, 97% were either identical copies of foreign designs, or very closely related improvements. With these western tanks, the soviets were finally able to beat back the german tide in the east.936 1364 32 203 942 1201 1251 245 1536 354 1218 807 1159 978 124 1416 528 1514 499 1482 210 1039 844 740 106 805 394 1209