Today we present an article from the July-August 2002 issue of ARMOR magazine titled “Red Star – White Elephant?” This article, written by Stephen “Cookie” Sewell, casts a critical eye on post WW2 Soviet heavy tank design, in particular the IS-3 and T-10. Sewell notes that much of the information he is basing his conclusions on comes from research done after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the 1990s, access to the Soviet era archives opened up, allowing a new generation of Soviet armor authors to research and write. Many of these names show up in the bibliography of this article, including Svirin, Baryatinskiy, and Kolomiets. Unfortunately for western audiences, these Russian author’s works have not, for the most part, been published in English.