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WW2 Soviet Tanks

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 11/19/2015

Once regrouped, the Soviet Army proved an unstoppable force against the heart of the German Army - and armor proved its spearhead.

There are a total of (38) World War 2 Soviet Tanks in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Captured types and Lend-Lease tanks are also included in this listing.

The 7TP series was of a Polish light tank design, based on the British Vickers-Armstrong 6-ton light tank (Mark E). With war ...
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BT-2 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
Like many of the military powers prior to World War 2, the Red Army adopted a series of light, fast tanks intended to overwhe...
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BT-5 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
The BT series of Soviet "Fast Tanks" was born out of a John Walter Christie design in the early 1930s featuring an American s...
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BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
In the latter portion of the 1920s, the Soviet Army began looking to modernize their fleet of aging tanks. As such, it held a...
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Infantry Tank Mk IV Churchill (A22)
The Churchill served the British Army and allied forces as the most important of its type during World War 2 (1939-1945), riv...
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IS-1 / JS-1 (Josef Stalin)
The IS-1 was born out of a Soviet Army need for more formidable tracked weapon systems to combat the ever-growing power of Ge...
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IS-2 / JS-2 (Josef Stalin)
The Soviet Army need for ever-more formidable tracked firepower came to the forefront after losses of much territory to the i...
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IS-3 / JS-3 (Josef Stalin)
The IS-3 (also "Joseph Stalin" or "Iosef Stalin" IS3) heavy tank was a continuation of the successful series of tanks fielded...
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Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
The Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" was developed from the PzKpfW 38(t) light tank which was itself derived from the original Czech...
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KV-1 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
In 1938, the Soviet Union developed a prototype heavy tank of 58 tons designated as the T-100. The type was a massive machin...
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KV-2 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
The KV-2 assault gun tank was developed from the KV-1 series of heavy tanks appearing in 1939-1940 with the Red Army. Whereas...
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KV-85 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
The KV-85 was an interim heavy tank solution requested by Soviet authorities to help combat the arrival of the mighty German ...
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LT vz 38 / PzKpfW 38(t) (SdKfz 140)
This light tank system initially began as a Czechoslovakian creation in the form of the LT vz 38 but - as with the previous L...
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M10 Gun Motor Carriage (Wolverine / Achilles)
When the United States Army successfully mated the chassis of the M4 Sherman to the 105mm field howitzer to create the new M7...
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M3 Lee / M3 Grant (Medium Tank, M3)
The M3 medium tank series appeared at a time when Allied armor (in respects to both armor protection and armament) was genera...
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M3 Stuart (Light Tank, M3)
The M3 "Stuart" Light Tank became the primary light tank vehicle for the United States Army heading into World War 2 (1939-19...
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M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)
The M4 Sherman series of medium tanks proved an invaluable asset to Allied operations North Africa, Europe and the Pacific th...
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SdKfz 161 Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfW IV) / Panzer 4
The Panzer IV (or "Panzerkampfwagen IV" and abbreviated as "Pz.KpfW. IV") formed the backbone of the German Army from its inc...
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SdKfz 167 StuG IV
The StuG IV (or Sturmgeschutz IV, SdKfz 167) was a newer approach to the successful StuG III tank destroyer / assault gun lin...
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SdKfz 171 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther (PzKpfW V) / Panzer 5
Though initially mechanically unreliable at her inception, the Panther medium tank of the German Army went on to become one o...
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After the might of the German Army had pressed deep into Soviet Russia, it was stopped at the gates of Moscow by a lack of su...
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After the invasion of the Soviet Union by former ally Germany, the Red Army was put on its heels in attempting to stem the ti...
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As was the norm after World War 1 in all industrialized nations around the globe, Soviet warplanners set about to upgrade the...
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In the early 1930s, the Soviets took to designing an indigenous tank - specifically the T-28 Medium Tank series - based on l...
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To Red Army authorities, it was becoming painfully clear that the BT series of "fast tanks" was not the long term answer for ...
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The T-34/85 was essentially categorized as an "up-gunned" version of the successful base T-34 medium tank designed and built ...
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Despite its formidable appearance by 1930 standards, the T-35 Heavy Tank ultimately proved an ill-fated endeavor of Soviet ta...
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From the period of 1931 to 1941, the Red Army utilized the Carden-Loyd-inspired "tankette" through the locally-modified T-27,...
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The Soviet Army had always prized amphibious vehicles and undertook various projects to find sound solutions even prior to Wo...
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In the period following World War 1, there came a global military movement centering on more cost-effective, light-class comb...
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Even as the fabled T-34 Medium Tank was coming online within the inventory of the Red Army during World War 2, thought was al...
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The T-60 light scout tank was designed and developed to replace the outclassed T-38 series of amphibious light scout tank and...
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In October of 1941 - four months after the German invasion of the Soviet Union through "Operation Barbarossa" - engineers of ...
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Type 95 Ha-Go (Ke-Go / Kyu-Go)
The Type 95 "Ha-Go" was a light tank design primarily utilized by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during World War 2. She wa...
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Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E)
The Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E) was a light tank evaluated by the British Army but ultimately rejected. When the British Army pass...
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Vickers Medium Mark II
The combat tank made its debut on the battlefields of World War 1 (1914-1918) and proved a decisive component to Allied actio...
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Vickers Mk VII (A17) (Tetrarch)
With the worsening situation in Europe during the late 1930s, it behooved the British to prepare for war with its old enemy G...
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In June of 1941, Germany's attention turned to their loose ally, the Soviet Union, as Hitler enacted "Operation Barbarossa". ...
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