Soviet Tanks in Combat 1941-1945 The T-28, T-34, T-34-85 and by Jim Kinnear, Andrey Aksenov and Aleksandr Koschavtsev

By Jim Kinnear, Andrey Aksenov and Aleksandr Koschavtsev Steven J. Zaloga

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There is an obvious penetration of the gun mantlet which led to a fire that burned out this tank. There was a slogan on the turret side "Smert", but the bottom portion is so charred that it cannot be read. Notice the racks for cylindrical fuel tanks at the rear. During early 1943, the standard practice was to carry two tanks, one on each side; later in 1943 this was increased to three tanks, two on the right, one on the left. :io A T-34 Model 1943 moves forward during fighting in the summer of 1943.

Although the turret is similar to that on the T-34-85, it is by no means identical as is evident in this view. A total of 965 were built in 1944-45. The first three tank units were formed on the T-44 on 15 September 1944, the 6th Guards, 33rd Guards, and 63rd Guards Tank Brigades. However, units were organized to train troops on the new tanks. Due to prolonged teething problems with the tanks as well as a desire to keep the new design secret, no T-44s were used in combat in 1945. (NIIBT Kubinka) In January 1945, the Red Army initiated its Vistula-Oder offensive which took it from central Poland into eastern Germany.

O. Lander) Another view of the 4th Mechanized Corps moving off the rail cars. This unit participated in the lassi-Kishniev operation in Romania, ending up later in the year in Yugoslavia. 54 A detail view of the tank of Lt. Col. Vaynovskiy, of an unidentified tank brigade of the 1st Baltic Front, during operaticns in Byelorussia in the summer of 1944. The tactical insignia on the turret is probably the brigade's tactical insignia. (Bezrodniy) A T-34 Model 1943 tank of the 13th Guards Mechanized Brigade, 4th Guards Mechanized Corps during operations on the 3rd Ukrainian Front in Romania in the late summer of 1944.

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