From the Vault: Story of Soviet Armor from ARMOR magazine 1949-1952

Several days ago we posted a letter written by a German general to ARMOR magazine in 1951 in response to an earlier article on the history of Soviet armor.  We noted that the article on Soviet armor that prompted the letter was not available for download on the ARMOR magazine site.  A fellow named Paul Mutter tracked down the article and sent us a digital copy.  The Soviet history article actually turned out to be a four part series called “The Story of Soviet Armor” by Garrett Underhill and originally appeared in the Jan-Feb 1949, May-Jun 1949, Mar-Apr 1950 and May-Jun 1950 issues of ARMOR.  In 1952 Mr. Underhill added to his story of Soviet armor with an article on assault guns and self propelled artillery.  This article is available in the Nov-Dec 1952 issue of ARMOR.  We have posted image galleries of all five articles for those that may be interested in looking at them.  For those wanting a PDF copy, the “SU” article is available as part of the Nov-Dec Issue of ARMOR which can be downloaded here.  For a PDF of the four part “Story of Soviet Armor” article, please visit this internet archive page we created.  When taken all together, these articles add up to over 50 pages, essentially a small book.  For those interested in what the US knew and thought about Soviet armor in the early Cold War Era, these articles should provide some valuable insight.

Story of Soviet Armor Part I Early Days (Jan-Feb 1949)

Story of Soviet Armor Part 2 Middle Ages (May-Jun 1949)

Story of Soviet Armor Part 3 The War Years (Mar-Apr 1950)

Story of Soviet Armor Part 4 The War Years (May-Jun 1950)

Story of Soviet Armor “SU’s”: Assault Guns and Self-Propelled Artillery (Nov-Dec 1952)

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