Grey Area Posted December 25, 2017 #126 Share Posted December 25, 2017 33 minutes ago, Manfred von Dreidecker said: Would you fancy the chances of any British tank (at least until the Comet) against masses of T-34s? The Churchill for strength of armour perhaps (the Russians quite liked it themselves), but it was slow, and always under-armed until the 75 mm, and then that was so-so at best. Not to mention the sheer rate of production. Indeed, the T-34 was a good tank and Russia produced so many that massed they could steam roll a battlefield. But it’s not quite as simple as that. Initial T-34 designs saw their engines have a shelf life if I recall about 200miles and then the entire engine needed replacing, so pre 1941 it would be a push for any of the Soviet armour to be effective away from their bases with tools and spare parts. It was only the Nazi invasion that forced the Russians to improve their designs and to kickstart mass production in the numbers needed to counter German armour. Russia may have had the capability post 1941 If we are talking about this make believe land locked Britain. But if we are talking about Russia transporting enough T-3x’s onto the shores of the UK without being intercepted by sea or air then you are living in a dream world, if we add in some of the Allied variants fielded toward the end of the war, aside from the Churchill, like the mounted 17 pounders on the Sherman chassis, I doubt Russia would have been able to mount an effective offensive. It was German aggression that turned the Ruskies into the fearsome force we saw at the end of the war occupying eastern Berlin and forcing the allies to compromise. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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