Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II

Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II


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The Red Army suffered such catastrophic losses of armor in the summer of 1941 that they begged Britain and the United States to send tanks. The first batches arrived in late 1941, just in time to take part in the defense of Moscow. The supplies of British tanks encompassed a very wide range of types including the Matilda, Churchill, and Valentine and even a few Tetrarch airborne tanks. American tanks included the M3 (Stuart) light tank and M3 (Lee) medium tank and the M4 Sherman tank, which became so common in 1944-45 that entire Soviet tank corps were equipped with the type. With these Western tanks, the Soviets were finally able to beat back the German tide in the East.

This study examines the different types of tanks shipped to the Soviet Union during the war, Soviet assessments of their merits and problems, and combat accounts of their use in Soviet service using full color artwork, contemporary photographs and detailed cut-away illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472818133
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Series: New Vanguard Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,117,554
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

The Early Shipments 4

Initial British Shipments 6

The Canadian Valentine 11

The Tetrarch Light Tank 12

The Lend-Lease Process 14

Initial Us Tank Deliveries: M3 Light Tank 15

The M3 Medium Tank 18

Combat in 1942: Operation Blau 22

New Arrivals: The Churchill Infantry Tank 24

The American Tank Conundrum 26

The 1943 Campaign 28

Scorned But Redeemed: The M4 Medium Tank 31

Tank Destroyers 36

Light Armored Vehicles 37

Rarities and Late Arrivals 42

Final Assessment 43

Further Reading 46

Index 48

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