Sort of a lot has been said about political side of the Hitler/USSR invasion, but let’s just focus on the tanks been used by Soviet Army on the first days of WW2 in Russia. And lets start with “light tanks” like this T-27 small tank. Being produced since 1931, was total 3295 pieces present.
Another light tank T-18 came into the army in 1927. All-time produced 959 pieces. It was a first tank that Soviet country made by itself, not borrowed. Even they were already morally outdated when Russian/Germany war began they still were in the army.
T-26 Soviet light tank. Main Soviet tank at the start of the war. Built on base of British Vickers Mk E. Was mostly used in Soviet-Finland war and in Soviet-German battles around Moscow. Almost 11,000 such tanks were made.
BT-2 tank. Arrived in 1932. Six hundred tanks were built. Was a copy of American M.1931 tank. Was considered a “high speed” tank which was a priority development strategy of Soviet tanks at the time, country needed tanks that can travel vast Russian spaces at fast pace. In 1941 there were 580 of those in the army.
Another “high speed” tank BT-5. Started since 1933. 1836 of those were built. Built on the prototype of the US tank sold to USSR by the US inventor Christie.
BT-7 tank, another high speed vehicle. 5000 were built. Had new engine, radio etc.
T-37A Soviet small floating tank. Built in 1933, 2566 pieces were made. Was a first amphibious series tank in the world.
T-38 was another floating tank, the successor of the former one. 1340 machines were built.
T-40 tank, also could float. Was almost most modern tank in Soviet Army – started production in 1939. Around 960 machines were built.
However T-50 was even more modern. The production started in 1941 – just days before the war started on the Soviet territory. Just eighty of those were built. However since they were afraid the Leningrad city be taken by Hitler (it’s where they were made) they transfered its production to Siberia where they encountered difficulties with engine supply and stopped producing those in 1942.
And those were the “light” tanks. Here are some “medium weight” Soviet tanks:
T-28 had three turrets. Production began in 1933. 503 machines were built. Was first “medium weight” Soviet tank made in series. When it appeared it was the most powerful tank in the world.
And now meet legendary Soviet T-34 tank. It’s often this tank which is attributed the decisive role in Soviet victory on Germans. Most iconic and best recognized Soviet tank of that war. Was the most en-masse “medium” tank of the World War II. Was using newest very economic airplane style diesel engine. It was most effective as per engine power to armored tank weight ratio tank. This made it dominate during whole World War 2 in its maneuverity, agility and offroad capability.
This is a modernized version of it, T-34-57. Had more powerful main canon. Was called “tank destroyer” because of it, was used widely in Kursk tank battle.
And now a couple of Soviet heavy tanks.
T-35 heavy tank, made in 1933. Just sixty-one vehicle was produced. Had five turrets, canons, machine guns, was the only five turret series tank in the world. Was the most powerful Soviet tank in 1930s.
KB-1 tank, also a classic Soviet WW2 tank. Started being produced in 1939, often was just called KB, omitting “1” which translated to Kliment Voroshilov – Soviet army commander’s name. Was a heavy storm tank.
And it’s successor KB-2 tank. Was a well armored tank with powerful canon to destroy enemy fortifications. Including the Finnish ones at Mannerheim line.
And the last but not the least. Soviet “Flamethrower” Tank. Was really doing this – throwing flames. Was also called Soviet “Chemical” Tank. Interestingly enough pretty lot of them were made and used, including in Poland – around six hundred pieces.
And that’s it for today. Hopefully we never have to do a posting with a title “What Tanks Russian Federation Had on the Doomsday of the World War 3”, simply would be irrelevant as they say nobody will survive nuclear fallout.