Video: Finnish Armor Museum T-34

Here is some footage from an event put on by the Parola Tank Museum in Finland.  This clip features a T-34 in Finnish markings and a BMP-1.

From the Vault: British Report on Soviet V-2 Diesel Engine

Today we present one more English 1944 report on Soviet equipment posted on Scribd.  This report examines the V-2 12 cylinder diesel tank engine used in both the T-34 and the KV-1.  This is a very thorough report, being almost as long as the similar reports on the vehicles themselves (posted here and here.) Detailed information on the V-2 engine is not all that easy to find in English, so this report should prove quite useful to those with a particular interest in the V-2 diesel.  Click on the image below to view the report at Scribd.

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From the Vault: 1944 British Report on T-34 and KV-1

At Scribd there are posted two British 1944 reports examining a Soviet T-34 and a KV-1 tank.  There are several interesting aspects to these reports.  The British report writers seem relatively impressed with the Russian vehicles, stating that:

The design shows a clear-headed appreciation of the essential of the an effective tank and the requirements of war, duly adjusted to the particular characteristics of the Russian soldier, the terrain and the manufacturing facilities available.  When it is considered how recently Russia has become industrialized and how great a proportion of the industrialized regions have been over-run by the enemy, with consequent loss of hurried evacuation of plant and workers, the design and production of such useful tanks in such great numbers stands out as an engineering achievement of the first magnitude.

For those that like to obsess over armor, the reports include fairly detailed diagrams noting the thickness of armor for each vehicle, including Brinell hardness figures.  Click on cover image to go to the Scribd page.

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T-34 from Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh used in “Ant-Man”

DSC_0526Thenothrwestern.com is reporting that a T-34 medium tank from the Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh was used in the filming of the new Marvel movie “Ant-Man.” The vehicle, which is in running condition, was transported to Atlanta for filming.  Dave Kersztyn and Shane VanLinn, employees or the museum operated the tank during film production.  The Russian tank is one of the main displays at the museum, and Kersztyn said artifacts and original artwork as well as fake scenery from the scene and photos from “Ant-Man” will now accompany it.  Because the museum is a nonprofit organization, Kersztyn said all of the money they made from the film will go right back into operating expenses of the museum.

Full article here.

Book Alert: Images of War T-34/76 & T-34/85 in Combat

Images of war T-34Amazon has listed the Pen and Sword Books upcoming title Images of War: T-34/76 & T-34/85 in Combat as having a May 19 release date. Readers familiar with the Images of War series will have a good idea of what to expect from this book.  As with the other titles in this series, the book is written by Anthony Tucker-Jones and promises “rare photographs from wartime archives.”

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