T-34 tank

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T-34 tank


The T-34 is widely regarded as the most influential tank of WWII, credited (along with the Russian winter) with turning the tide against the Nazi’s in the east. The T-34 was both a technological and industrial marvel, coupling advanced engineering with a simplicity and economy of production allowed it to be the most produced tank of WWII. While the T-34, service in the Red Army was relatively short (it was already starting to be replaced by the end of 1944), the tank had a much longer life span for the Eastern Bloc and Soviet allies around the globe. The T-34’s success in WWII gives it a prominent place in the Russian national memory, and the tanks broad proliferation makes it a powerful symbol of Russia in the world.


Hunter Fortney


Tank Museum




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Metal war machine, 26 tonnes, aprox. 20x10x8 feet

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Darius Altman

$40,000 for a tank sounds like a bargain -- it would certainly be a more amusing rich man's plaything than a yacht... 

On a more relevant note I've been intrigued by a continuous theme in Russian engineering that has also manifested itself in this tank -- simplicity and robustness as tools for great effectiveness. Parts of these themes are also present in the Lada and in Sputnik.

Alexandra Grimm

I thought it was an excellent choice to preface your biography with the Hitler quote you selected, because it did a nice job of framing your biography and highlighting the significance of these tanks. Also, I thought it was very interesting how you highlighted the continuing symbolism of this specific type of tank in former Soviet bloc countries; I really appreciated this link between the historical significance of this object and its continuing relevance in the modern day.

Arielle Rabinowitz

I thought this biography provided a comprehensive overview of the impressive T-34 Russian tank used in WWII and resulting global popularity. The tank clearly represented another display of Russian might, which aided in the Nazi defeat and contributed to the country's politcal and economic growth during this era.  

Zachary Young

I think another reason why the tank was so ineffective in the early days of World War II was the way that it was employed. Rather than massing their tanks like the Germans, the Soviets tended to deploy individual tanks piecemeal. Perhaps this is a result of the Soviet authority's mistrust and unwillingness to give too much power to individual local commanders.

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