Iron soldiers in Kubinka

Kubinka is a museo in Russia where some of the most rare battle tanks are located. Kubinka lies some 70 km from Moscow towards west on countryside. Because the Second world war between Soviet Union and Germany lasted four years, Soviet Union was able to capture a large amount of German war vehicles. In this post we can see some.

Kubinka is in deep countryside and therefore there is plenty room. Museo has several halls where tanks are located in certain groups. Here before one hall is a great looking tank – T34/85. It was one of the most produced and very successful tank in WWII. It has nice leaning surfaces and efficient 85 mm main gun. It did not have fancy equipment but on the other hand simplicity made it very long lasting.

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Here an efficient tank destroyer SU 85. Build on chassis on T34. Very efficient and low in height.

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Now this is something – Maus! The only one in the world. This one was captured in eastern Germany when Russia occupied it 1t 1945. There are even small holes on side. Must be hit by tank granades. Only few were produced to real action and this monster was Hitler’s last hope. Therefore it was built as a fortification – but the era of big tanks was fading. In the future tanks needed to be low, light and speedy.

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Now this is a french tank – Hotchkiss H35 – captured in autumn 1940 when Germany occupied France. Later on it was left to Soviet Union when they occupied Eastern Germany. In general Frec´nch tanks were a good match against Germans ones in beginning of the war.

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This is Dicker Max. There is only one left in the world and it is here in Kubinka. All in all only two were ever produced and this one was captured by Soviet forces in Stalingrad. This tank destroyer has efficient 105 mm canon and one can imagine it is deadly when you get hitted by this one.

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The next one is also French tanks Somua S35. Also taken by Germans and then captured again by Soviet Union.

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Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Cromwell so action in Normandy. It was develop by British to give better performance against German tanks. It proved to be successful even though it did not have very slope lines. Still it had a nice low outfit. The original version was a with a 6-pdr main gun which was later upgraded to a 75mm barrel.

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This is a rarity – Type 95 Ha-Go Japan tank. Not much a tank but small size was a benefit when fighting in jungle. Maybe taken by Soviet Union in past battles of WW2 against Japan.

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Light Tank M5A1 in Kubinka. Probably given as a war aid from USA to Soviet Union. It had nor thick armor neither efficient main gun but served well when supporting foot soldiers.

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This is one of my favorites – M24 Chaffee, officially Light Tank M24. It was used a long time as a support for infantry. It did not match for heavy German tanks but was light and very manouvarable. It’s name came from famous general of the United States Army – Adna R. Chaffee, Jr. He was like Guderian – a man who saw the benefits of tank war and thus he developed armed forces in USA. Still today there are some Chaffee tanks in service in some countries.

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This is a heavy Railway gun TMK-3-12 at the Moscow Victory park. These were used to break fortresses when it took too long time with normal siege.

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This is the legendary basic version of T34. It had a smaller hull as T34/85 and had very nice outfit. Main gun was 76,2 mm which was enough against Germans in beginning of war.

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This one was found just some years ago from Volga-river. One can see it has had hits by grenades. But reason that it sunk was that it fell of from temporary bridge. Some people do lot of work to found these and repair them.

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That’s all folks this time…

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