Russian Tanks

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This is a collection of somehow strange Russian tanks. All of them were in production for some time in Russia, USSR or Russian Empire.

The one above is 1940 “Self-moving machine gun emplacement point”.

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This one is 1930 dual tank – it has both wheels and tracks.

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This one was made in Latvia when it was part of Russia in 1915. Looks like they were already familiar with eco-design basics.

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Wow. A flying tank!!!

It was a Russian T-60 combined with Antonov plane, tested in 1942 during WW2.

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A personal tank? Was produced in 1941.

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It was engineered and produced for usage in World War I, in 1915. It was caled Tsar-Tank.

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No full-size photo can be found.

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This was a swimming tank with for tracks, back from 1965.

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Not really a tank but one of the first very armored trucks, from 1914.


25 thoughts on “Russian Tanks”

  1. “Self-moving machine gun emplacement point”. I thought that this was the lable for the ordinary russian GI Joe. 😉

  2. Can anyone give me information on the kind of military vehicles use in the russian army now? I am especially interested in the kind of military jeep used. Is it stil the same old UAZ, or is it some new model?

  3. “This was a swimming tank with for tracks, back from 1965.”

    are you crazy? swimming? 1965?

    It is a Obyekt 279 – heavy prototype tank. One was built in 1957.

  4. Yup.”This was a swimming tank with for tracks, back from 1965″
    It didn’t swimm at all!
    There was a special shape to avoid an air shock wave during nuclear attack.And it had 122mm gun and weight approximetly 65-70 tonns. “Swimming like an axe” we say in Russia

  5. I noticed in the 4th and last photo that the soldiers found it very fashionable to pose like the famous Napolean portrait, with their hand inside of their coat. Rather odd for a nation that had to fight Napolean off of their land a few generations before.

    Photo #8 is obviously a converted bulldozer. I have heard of those, but not seen a photo of one.

    • A decade later (than the photo time) Josif Dzugshvili (Stalin) used to exhibit such ‘Napoleon pose’. In fact, Stalin used such pose cause he had one arm shorter and didn’t want to stay in natural pose.

  6. The multiple turret machine would have been impressive moving in a straight line across the battlefield, then watching it try to get round obstacles would make the enemy die from laughter. Effective in both cases.

  7. The KV-6 is a trip. The first one broke in half the next ones real turret fired into the middle turret and the last one flipped over when all the guns fired at the 3oclock position. You should also have a pic of the BA-64..Just look at my forum thread on BA-64 and Crazy Russian tanks.
    Soviets had the most practical tanks of ww2. T-34

  8. Look here for 2 other cool tanks..
    You should have posted the T-35 and KV-2

  9. Although succesfully flown in 1942, test pilot S.N. Anokhin found the Antonov A-40 or KT flying tank required considerable skill to land. One of the first of the famous Antonov heavy lifters.

  10. That multiturreted beast won’t have a full-size photo, because it’s a custom-built model. Not sure of the source – thought it might be from the Gear Krieg miniatures wargame, but a quick look through my books shows a different one.

    There comes a point when the cost of the vehicle is offset by how (relatively) easy it is to destroy – that thing would be very popular with artillery forward observers, not to mention every tactical aircraft in a 200 mile range… it’s not as though it would be able to get away – enormous turn radius, low acceleration (if any), *might* be able to cross a well-built railway bridge (maybe), certainly can’t handle anything but damn near level terrain (high-center it on a hill and it’d probably break in half from the weight), and I don’t think my math is up to even beginning to figure out the ground pressure of those tracks. (I suspect it would bog in even a serious transport roadway; it’s sure not gonna take dirt, much less mud/snow.)

    One of the larger armoured vehicles ever constructed was the US T95 (prototype), which was designed to be an assault gun for use against the last lines of German defenses in the West – it had a dual set of tracks (side-by-side), with the outermost tracks being unpowered (load-bearing only) and detachable, as it was too wide for rail transport otherwise. (Much less narrow European urban areas.)

    Just your wargames/military history geek commenting here…

    • The largest self propelled gun, in this case a 600mm mortar, which saw action was build just before the second world war bij the German factory Rheinmetall. It was mostly named Karl. 7 of them are build for use against the French Maginot line. But they arrived to late, or, Hitlers blitz krieg was to fast so they be used at the east front. The names are: Thor, Odin, Adam, Eva, Loki and Ziu. Karl, the 7th remain at the test sight in Germany.

      The mortar weight 124 metric tons and can move itself at short distances with a speed of 10 km/h. For longer distances over roads, the gun was seperated in differend smaller pieces and transported with special build trucks. For verry long distances, the gun was transported as one piece hanging between two special designed railroad carriers.

      The gun was lowered with his belly on the ground in firing position. A work platform for the operating crew was raised. (see the links)

      The granates weight just over 2 metric tons and are made of concrete. The average distance was 4,5 km and the shell was capable of penetratie 2,5 metres thick reinforced concrete. With a good crew, it can fire 6 shots per hour. An modified Panzer-4 tank was used to load the gun with his space for 4 granates and a 2,5 ton crane.

      Later in the war, the gun was adapted with a longer barrel of 540mm calibre which give the gun a way better performance. Now it was firing over distances of 10 km, has a way faster muzzle velocety and can now penetrate 3,5 to 4 meter thick reinforced concrete.

      A picture of the real thing in use:

      Karl on the move:

  11. The tank with the 2 sets of treads (4 caterpillars) was not a swimming tank. It was meant to be a tank capable of surving on a nuclear battlefield. The reason for the double tracks was weight and traction which gave it the ability to go in terrain usually unsuitable for other tanks. It has been called the “swamp tank” also.

  12. The tank that is the second from the bottom isn’t a swiming tank. The shape of the hull is designed to deflect the shockwave of a nuclear blast so it doesn’t crush the body of the tank and to help it from flipping over

  13. The multi-turreted beast was never a real tank. It is a custom model made by an English hobbyist. It was originally on the Internet in the late 1990’s, accompanied by a fictional history of its development & use in battle. It was a prank. I know, because I corresponded with its maker.


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