An Illustrated History of Stalin’s Greatest Tank
The T-34 was one of the most remarkable tanks of the Second World War. Although the Red Army suffered continual heavy tank losses, the rugged and reliable T-34 was an immense success story and was ultimately instrumental in turning the tide of the war.
This photographic history follows the story of this exceptional armoured vehicle from its disastrous first action during Operation Barbarossa to its miraculous defence of Moscow, its envelopment of the Axis forces at Stalingrad and victory at Kursk, and finally, the advance to the gates of Warsaw then on to Berlin.
Packed with a wealth of images, including rare archive photographs and photographs of surviving examples, this is an extraordinary record of both the tank and its personnel. The accompanying text features an in-depth technical evaluation outlining the differences in the myriad of models, including detailed plans of each type, alongside a gripping breakdown of the tank’s entire operational history.
It is the best book on the T-34 (in English) that I am aware of and it deserves this reputation. If you have any interest at all in the T-34 and its history then this book is essential reading. The author has done an excellent job in researching and writing this wonderful book.Dr Stuart C Blank
Fleischer's book, published by Greenhill Books, illustrates well the development of the vehicle most produced in the Second World War and which remained in service long after its conclusion. From an iconographic point of view, I consider it to be one of the most complete on the subject and it will certainly not be missing on the shelves of the libraries of enthusiasts and model makers.On The Old Barbed Wire
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This is about as comprehensive as anybody could want in tracing the development, production, operational deployment and technical elements of the T-34 and its derivatives. Whatever you might want to know about the tank is here. Supplemented by drawings, copious images and tables it is a go-to reference book. Interestingly it suggests that the disposability of the tank, predicated (as with the Sherman) on vast production capacity and a ‘militia’ army, was not so obvious. It details several improvements that were made to improve survivability. An interesting conclusion though is that about half the losses in the Belin assault were to Panzerfaust attacks, underlining that a well-armed and motivated infantryman could deal with these monsters.Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide