7 T 35, the Multi Turret Tank of the Red Army

T 35, the Multi Turret Tank of the Red Army

Posted on December 26, 2012 by team


T-35 is a heavy tank of the 1930s made in the USSR. It is the only five-turret tank of mass production. In the period since 1933 to 1939 61 units were produced. It had not participated in battles till 1941 however was used for military parades being the symbol of the Soviet power. T-35 took part in early battles of WWII however it was lost too soon because of multiple occuring failures.


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They started to develop the tank in the end of the 20s. But Soviet engineers didn't have enough experience in this sphere so they invited the German specialists who came to the USSR in 1930 and helped to design the tank.

The first tank, T-35-1, was made in August, 1932. Its weight was 42 tons, its armour was 30-40 mm thick. The tank was equipped with one 76 mm gun, two 37 mm guns and three more guns. The crew consisted of 10-11 persons. The dimensions of the tank were  9720 x 3200 x 3430 mm. The travel speed of the tank was 28 km/h. The top of the main turret had a rounded shape.

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7 Responses to “T 35, the Multi Turret Tank of the Red Army”

  1. T34/55 says:

    Scrap metal basically. Useless for fighting, slow, poor assembly quality, numerous mechanical failures… It was good for a parade and nothing more. The first German built prototype looks best by far.

  2. OD1N says:

    Colossus on clay feet

  3. Me says:

    Check out the Vickers A1E1 Independent, I think you’ll find that the T35 was based upon this design!

  4. Kent of Sweden says:

    This time (the thirtees) was a time of experimentation in Tank-design, no one really knew how the ideal tank should look or be equipped. A lot of strange designs popped up all over the place, Look at all these Multi-gunned designs from France, England, the U.S and what not. Not really until the T-34 appeared was there a useful idea on what a modern tank should look like, A dual-purpose gun, supported by one or two machine-guns, sort of heavy, but most of all, slooped armour. Tracks that could handle whatever you threw at them and a five-man crew giving the commander time to command. The gunner peace to aim the gun for first-shot hits. Very crucial in any tank vs tank fight. Unless of course you try to take out a KV-1 with a PzKw III. Then first, second, third or fourth hit does not matter when the KV-1 scores you’re dead no matter how many hits you have bounced of the KV-1 first

    • Patriot says:

      Tanks were NEVER designed to go tank for tank before WWII. It was the Germans who took the anti-tank rifle to a whole new level and made it bigger and mounted it on tanks. Multi-gun platforms where called “combat cars” or “infantry support tractors” in the US. The M3 Lee was the last of the multi-gun designs but it had an edge in the desert…88mm shells went right through it. M3 Lee’s were known to slug it out 88mm AT guns in the desert.

  5. andel says:

    Official history says, that Germans started WWII.
    But always you can say “Si vis pacem, para bellum”.
    Like in 1939.

  6. VDV bob says:

    The medium T-28 of similar design showed much more usable and realistic. Howver it was also a crap on tracks compared to the best machines of the time : Pzkpfw III/IV, KV-1 and T-34.

    While good on paper, in a WWI type of warfare, the multi-gun tank is good, it could handle many targets, but in reality it proved to be a very unpractical design. Several tanks each with good crew operation, focused on a single weapon, a single turret, is the way, scince WW2.

    Yes today it seems rediculous to see those machines of the 20-30’s, but we have to put ourselves in the context, they had no idea of what kind of warfare the WW2 would develop, the first modern warfare, the first war of combined arms. Today no one can imagine an army without a strong armoured corp, can we ?

    It’s the very basis of ground warfare, an army without is not going to win, whatever her size or strenghts.

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