In the last couple weeks, a couple articles on Soviet tank history have appeared on the War is Boring blog. One is a somewhat critical look at the WWII era KV tank while the other is a brief examination of post war Soviet heavy tank development. By themselves, we didn’t really feel they merited posting about, but since they keep showing up in our daily searches for tank related articles, we did want to raise one point concerning them.
It seems both articles are based in part on an old ARMOR magazine article by Stephen “Cookie” Sewell titled Red Star – White Elephant. As part of our “From the Vault” series of posts, we posted that particular article, as well as another ARMOR article by Sewell called Why Three Tanks? in 2015. Sewell is a well known figure in the AFV model building community, being the founder and first president of the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society. He is also known for his model kit and book reviews which have appeared in Fine Scale Modeler magazine or online at the missing-lynx.com forum.
It is worth noting that Amazon has listed for release next summer a new book by Sewell on the Soviet T-10 Heavy Tank and Variants. All we know about the book at this point is that it will be published by Osprey and will be a 144 page hardcover.