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T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 13

t-34 mikie

In case if you missed it, here is the previous part. At last it’s a time to show you production prices of  T-34 and some other Soviet tanks Factory Years 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Т-34 (Factory № 183) 596 373 510 000 249 256 166 300 141 822 142 100 136 380 Т-34 (Factory № 112) – – – 209 700 179 300 174 900 173 000…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 12

early Pz.Kpfw. III damaged

In case if you missed it, here is the previous part. Now it’s time to talk about quality of armoured steel and manufacturing defects. Certainly both German and Soviet tanks suffered from that even for the very different reasons. Speaking about quality, here is the real case happened on factory 183. In may 1942 Red Army started to complain they received T-34s not just a bad quality, but with a…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 11

1942 stz 5

In case if you missed it, here is the previous part Let’s go back to Guderian words. The trouble with memoirs they are not written by actual Authors, but by professional writers and futher edited by editors in that way it will sell better. I can bet my balls but Guderian could not find Vanadium on periodic table. Besides what kind of difficulties with raw materials Krupp could possibly face…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 10

t-34 nr183 1942 -6

In case if you missed it, here is the previous part. I believe  it’s a right time to talk armour toughness and what it could possibly mean from chemical point of view Armour toughness is a balance of strength and ductility. Diamond is hard but brittle. Aluminum is ductile but not hard. The ideal aromour would be titanium having both strength and ductility. But at time of WW2 humankind had no means…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 9

weak spots t-34

In case if you missed it, here is the previous part.   Exept of general idea about 60° sloped frontal armour T-34 had a lot of frontal weak areas: almost vertical machine gun position, mechanic’s hatch, and almost vertical lover joint in front. Regarding machine gun position and hatch on T-34/85 had to be up armoured it up to 100mm. Certainly it takes some skills to hit those weak areas, but…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 8

machine gun t-34 spot

In case if you missed it, here is the previous part.   In November of 1941, high ranking engineers, industry representatives, and armament directorate officers came to my tank army in order to familiarize themselves with the Russian T-34 tank. Frontline officers suggested that we should build tanks exactly like the T-34 in order to correct the unpleasant position of our armoured forces, but this position did not receive support…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 7

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 In case if you missed it, here is the previous part. . Monthly Т-34/76 production 1941 – 1944. Month Factory name and location  Total No. 183 No. 183 STZ No. 112 ChKz No. 174 UZTM Kharkov Nizhny Tagil Stalingrad Gorky Chelyabinsk Omsk Sverdlovsk Year 1941 January 166 – 2 – – – – 168 February 85 – 28 – – – – 113 March 134 – 45 – – -…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 5

t-34 uztm 1943 2

In case if you missed it, here is the previous part. Stalin’s Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant. The man production of this factory were KV tanks and T-34s came as an extra. After Germany attack numerous other plants were evacuated to Chelyabinsk. This place became known as a Tankograd (city of tanks). Medium quality tanks with any possible turrets. One of few surviving T-34s made by Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant in late 1942….