Kubinka-2010

Kubinka-2010

Some photographs selection from the armor museum Kubinka.

A light half-track mover NK-101. Rather interesting design.

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Infantry tank MkII Matilda III.

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A test heavy self-propelled artillery vehicle ISU-152.

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A willing horse – T4.

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This tank is in one of the most interesting parts of the museum – a hall of German armor. Visitors of the hall are met by this creepy product of Germanic genius – Mine Exploder. Made in 1942 in the only copy. Doesn’t it remind Star Wars somehow?

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Half-track truck 12t Typ DBs 10 (Sd.Kfz.8).

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An American battle tank М3, 1941.

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This cruiser is one of the most beautiful tanks here – a heavy one T-35 – five towers, double-decked location of weapons.

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SU-14-2. 152-mm a heavy self-propelled artillery vehicle. Two test models were produced in 1940. In September 1940 their development  was ceased.

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An English heavy tank Conqueror, 1954.  It was changed for a Soviet tank KV.

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Inspiring with respect IS-2.

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Armored car BA-27M seeing action on the Khalkhin-Gol in 1939.

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A Soviet SU-100U.

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An attack mortar Gerat 040 “Karl”, a hellish vehicle, 600mm gauge.

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Royal tiger.

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SU-152 “Zveroboy” (“Hunter”).

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Legendary T34.

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A test heavy four-crawler tank “Object 279”. USSR, 1959.

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A famous vehicle – PzKpfw V “Panther”.

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Tank MK5, 1918. Supposedly, there remained little of them in the world. A very interesting exhibit.

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380mm attack mortar SturmTiger.

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Baby – “Stuart”.

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Light tank Vickers-Armstrong. Series of 1937. A sign in front of it says it’s the only one remained, it’s not even a rarity …

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26 thoughts on “Kubinka-2010”

    • Maus is here: http://www.detektorweb.cz/index.4me?s=show&lang=1&i=29790&mm=2&xb=2&vd=1
      You can get inside if you bribe the guardian accordingly… :-;

  1. Here is another tank museum in California.

    http://karakullake.blogspot.com/2010/02/bay-area-california-littlefield-tank.html

  2. Maus is here: w+w+w+.detektorweb.cz/index.4me?s=show&lang=1&i=29790&mm=2&xb=2&vd=1
    You can get inside if you bribe the guardian accordingly…

  3. Many tanks appear.

    Then many tanks disappear.

    Then many tanks appear again!

    Interbetweenet most powerful army in the world!

  4. I believe that there was a mistake in the translation from Russian for the Kettenkrad in the second picture; the Kleines Kettenkraftrad’s designation was ‘HK-101’. If you don’t already know what it is, the confusion is understandable, given that the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets have several shared characters with different phonemes (‘H’ being one of them).

  5. Thanks for such a great photo set. There are three places I want to visit in my lifetime: Arlington, Bovington, and Kubinka. Why? They are the three best tank museums in the world!

  6. The German tiger was the best tank of ww2 and some of its design is still used by Russia and the USA along with Israel .

    • I do not think so. It is a well-known tank, but it had its weak points – expensive, hard to maintain etc. My vote for the best tank of WWII would be Panther G. Saying that, T-34/85 was extremely successful design, too.

    • The best tank in a one-on-one was a Panther G that was in good working order. But to win a war, the best tank was the T-34/85.

      Panthers had one major problem in that the gearbox was designed for a 30-ton tank but the tank itself weighed 45-tons. And replacing gearboxes in the Panther was not easy as the turret had to be removed first. But, they were effective when they worked.

      The 75-mm gun in the Panther was more powerful than the 88-mm gun in the Tiger I. The cartridge case for the 75mm L/70 was actually bigger than the US 90mm AT/AA gun case. And their optics were also very clear.

      During Kursk, a Panther scored a front-on shot on a T-34 at 3500 metres. This would be impressive with a modern tank. Front-on, a T-34/76 would be about 3 metres wide, and about 2.5 metres high.

      But the T-34/85 changed the balance of the tank forces. It gave almost the same gun power as a Tiger I, but with a tank in the weight class of a Panzer IV (pictured above the Mine Exploder). And T-34s were produced in their thousands, with 14000 being made in 1944 alone.

      In comparison, the production run of Panthers was about 4800 (and 380 JagdPanthers), Tiger I was 1400 (with 200 actually in service at any one time), and Tiger II about 400.

  7. Great pictures. Kubinka is probably the most awesome Tank/War-Museum in the world.

    By the way: A T-34 usually looked pretty old on the battlefield against a Tiger, but it’s so much cheaper and reliable, that the Tiger faced a couple of them most of the time.

  8. The “mine exploder” is a German Mine Sweeper NK-101. It is not “the only copy,” but the only copy at Kubinka museum. The reason that so few of them were made should be obvious. NK-101 was not designed with a “flail” system on the front. This is a set of whirling chains that “rake” the area in front of the tank to set off mines. So instead, this tank would simply run over the mines! What a sweet job! No Flail = Epic FAIL. LOLZ!

  9. The T-41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank with 76mm Gun was ideal for 746th Armored Infantry Battalion of 2nd Armored Division. M59 APC was not! 1950’s. SSG Morrow

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