Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tanker's Tuesday : T 44 Tank

T-44 production came about as a successor to the world-famous T-34. However, it was a near total redesign. It was made with the intention of having greater cross-country performance, and more effective armor. In 1943, the plan was to mount the 85mm gun on a new, and improved platform, taking into account all the lessons learned from the T-34, but when the T-34-85 was produced, it was clear that the T-44 lost out on its cutting edge design somewhat (as it shared some features with the T-34-85), and the design was considered less important than increasing T-34 production, mostly because developing and producing a new vehicle would slow down overall production of tanks – something the Red Army could hardly afford, even by this stage of the war. The T-44 project was reworked later in the war, and although it was mass produced, it was still a very secretive design. The T-44 design had some attempts after the war to give it a larger armament, which led directly on to the highly successful T-54/55 tank.

T44 Tank

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