Video of the Day: T-34/85 at Saumur

This video appeared on youtube yesterday showing a T-34/85 moving out at Saumur Tank Museum for the Concours International de Maquettes 2016.

Archive Awareness on Finnish Impressions of T-34/85

archive awarenessThe blog Archive Awareness posted an interesting article earlier this week reporting on Finnish impressions of the T-34/85 tank compared to the earlier model 1943 version.  The Finns seem generally impressed with the vehicle, noting that the quality of the armor is better than on previous versions and also that while the engine is the same as found in previous models of T-34, the quality of construction has improved leading to a slightly higher power output and engine lifespan.  The 85mm gun is praised in the report as being “identical to the German 88 mm tank gun in main parameters.”  The Finns also praise the refractive telescopic sight on the T-34/85, noting that is “greatly superior to the sight of the model 1942-1943 T-34 tank.”

Read the full article here.

Tank Video: T-34/85 drafted back into service

This interesting video was brought to our attention in a post by Peter Samsonov over in the WoT forum.  Apparently, this video shows a T-34/85 tank being brought back to life by pro-Russian separatists in the Ukrainian city of Antratsyt.  The color scheme of the vehicle is a bit unusual.  Note the attempts to provide protection against shaped charge warheads, including the mesh side panels and dangling chains on the front of the vehicle.