Discussion in 'The Tanks of World War 2' started by germanm36tunic, Jan 1, 2006.
Did the Russians have t-34s in 1941?
Yes they did have T-34s in 1941. Early models though. They are T-34/76 model 1940 and T-34/76 model 1941
T-34/76 model 1940
T-34/76 model 1941
What was the difference between the two, they both look alike. Was is just small modifacations?
The gun looks different.
It is different, too. The Model 1940 was armed with the L-11 76.2 mm gun, which was considerably shorter than the subsequent F-34 76.2 mm main gun of the 1941 and later models.
That painting of the T-34/76(1941) sure looks familiar...
It's the cover-art on the box of Dragons' 1/35 armour kit of this subject.
I'm just getting started on mine...
The T-34 Medium and KV-1(76) were nasty surprises when the Germans first encountered them on the battlefield. One needed nerves of steel to take-on a KV-1 with a MkIII panzer, that's for sure.
I like looking at the early T-34s. They were beautiful.
That is for sure, on one occasion the German advance had to be stopped because of 1 KV-1. They had to wait several days for the Stukas get a clear day and take it out.
That famous occasion involved a KV-2, not a KV-1, and it was taken out by the old 88mm AA gun, not by Stukas. Unless there was yet another such incident. However, the KV-1's armour wasn't any thicker than that of the Matilda II, so the Germans should have been prepared.
I thought the KV1 had thicker armour than a Matilda 2's 78mm of plate.
Only on the mantlet (90mm) and the glacis of later versions.
The panzers didn't want to get near a KV2 with it's 152mm gun. Any type of ammunition used by the gunner could penetrate a panzer during 1941.