T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 6


In case if you missed it, here is the previous part.   Somewhere in 1942 it developed quite a funny situation. Due to lack of any standards two random T-34s were simply not compatible with each other. Even those tanks had the same name T-34/76 but that was the only thing they had in common.  It wasn’t possible to make any repairs. Nobody knew what kind of detail may fit…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 4

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In case if you missed it, here is the previous part. Volgograd Tractor Plant AKA Stalingrad Tractor Factory (STZ). It was located in the city of Stalingrad (modern Volgograd). Initially this factory did nothing else but just assembled T-34s using parts they received from factory No. 183  . During 1940 Stalingrad Tractor Factory managed to build 23 T-34s, but only six were accepted good enough for any use. One of…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 3

Saumur_Tank_Museum №112 1942

In case if you missed it, here is the previous part. Krasnoye Sormovo Factory No. 112 in Gorky. Factory No. 112 did not have progressive assembly line. Also it was supplied very badly. As a prime example as soon as STZ managed to produce their own B-2 engines they send remains of M-17 gasoline  engines to No. 112 plant. Also 20% of cast turrets produced by factory No. 183 went to factory…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 2

t-34 1944 nr174 - 3

In case if you missed it, here is the previous part.   Voroshilov Factory No. 174. Even this factory was led by Soviet lead tank designer Semyon Alexandrovich Ginzburg, very surprisingly it was quite a troubled plant. Originally it was based in Leningrad, but after war start at first it was evacuated to Chkalov (modern Orenburg) and in march 1942 to Omsk. Also some parts of the factory were transported…

T-34 – Mice VS Cats – Part 1

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Warning! The following material cannot be treated as academical research, but more like a fiction reading. It was written using non trusted Russian books, declassified reports, rumors and stories of my grandpa ).   Hopefully my fiction story will give a bit better understanding not just how Germans managed to fight for so long, but also aboutt German decision diverting attacks to Ukraine and later on to Stalingrad instead of…

The last Garrison of the Third Reich

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If you think that after Germany unconditional surrender On 7 May, 1945 every German laid down their weapons you will be wrong. In reality the German garrison signed surrender only on 4 September, 1945!!! During WW2 Germans launched the top secret Operation Haudegen. In September 1944, together with the supply ship Carl J. Busch, the submarine U-307 transported the men of Operation Haudegen to Svalbard. German Mission was led by…

WW2 Uniforms of Latvian SS volunteers – Part 2

Lett Sonne und Sterne

In case if you missed it, here is the first part. Some people may mistaken such a uniform with Waffen-SS. Actually it was still Schutzmannschaft uniform.  Führer on the second photo is missing one button. Nicht in Ordnung.  ) Two tables with National Identity Kokarde, Collar Patches, Sleeve Patches, Shoulder Boards of Schutzmannschaft. Hopefully it will help you with identification of führers.   When it comes to Latvians, probably the…

WW2 Uniforms of Latvian SS volunteers – Part 1


Ordnung über alles! – The actual slogan of Volkswagen ) Looking at WW2 photos quite often you can see some strange figures in a strange uniforms. Without even thinking a lot of people will call them Germans. I find it wrong, because there is a clear difference between German and non German for the simple matter of fact they speak different languages and as a rule they originate from a…

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