This very affordable book provide a wealth of information on full period from the October Revolution to the end of World War II for the Red Army armoured capability. The photographs are very interesting an include some that have suffered from the conditions at the time they were shot and subsequent storage, but provide important imagery. Highly Recommended.
NAME: Fact File, Tanks of the USSR, 1917-1945 FILE: R2656 AUTHOR: Alexander Ludeke PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 127 PRICE: £12.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, armour, tanks, light tanks, medium tanks, heavy tanks, assault guns, tracked vehicles Christie road wheels, amphibious tanks, Revolutionary wars, inter-war years ISBN: 1-47389-137-X IMAGE: B2656.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ybftpe2n LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This very affordable book provide a wealth of information on full period from the October Revolution to the end of World War II for the Red Army armoured capability. The photographs are very interesting an include some that have suffered from the conditions at the time they were shot and subsequent storage, but provide important imagery. Highly Recommended. The USSR began with a collection of domestic armoured car designs and copies of Renault light tanks. The Imperial Russian Army had prompted domestic tanks designs as early as August 1914 with the interesting Wesdechod that employed a unique single track and combined armour with a machine gun. However, Russia was not an enthusiastic pioneer of the use of armour to break trench lines. This was due to a number of factors, including the low morale of the Imperial Army and the growing threat of revolution. The USSR took a very different stance and the acquisition of foreign designs and production of indigenous designs was very actively encouraged. There was also much experimentation and some design work that reflected the special conditions in terrain in Russia. This produced a number of light armoured vehicles that were amphibious with balsa wood floats and flotation tanks to cope with the numerous rivers that presented mobility challenges in the summer months. Considering the need to make advances across huge open spaces, speed was considered important and led to the adoption of Christie suspension on many designs. Originally, Christie considered the use of large rubber tired road wheels and steering on the front wheels that would enable a tank to operate on its tracks or directly as an armoured car on its tired road wheels. The merits of the latter ability were found to have little value, but the well-sprung large road wheels did provide excellent fast movement across a range of terrain types. As with many items of war equipment, the quality of finish on Russian tanks was not of the finest and during WWII tanks often rolled off the production lines without paint and straight into battle. The cruder construction did however suit local conditions and Russian tanks were to prove much more reliable in the harsh conditions during WWII that defeated technically superior, high build quality, German tanks. The Russians embraced some British tanks, notably the Matilda infantry tank and the Armoured (Bren gun) Carrier, in much the same way that their Air Force took to the Hurricane and the Airacobra, designs that the Western Allies considered obsolescent, but which the Russians used to great effect. This reflected some tactics developed by the Russians to best match their operational conditions. This books includes coverage of the Russia development of multi- turreted designs and the excellent T-34 and KV1 that came as an unpleasant surprise for the Germans.