The Soviet T-35 Heavy Tank Was An Early Disaster.

by Daniel Russ on May 19, 2012

The T-35 was a Soviet heavy tank

The T-35

 

The T-35 was a Soviet heavy tank

The T-35

 

The T-35 was a Soviet heavy tank

The T-35

 

 

In December 1930, the Soviet Office of Motorization and Mechanization (PMR) ordered the development of a heavy tank to work with the Red Army.  It was a 50 ton behemoth with five turrets. In fact the T-365 was the only five turreted tank in history. Development was almost impossible simply because the Russians didn’t have enough depth in their tank engineering to make this tank. They hired the help of a German engineer named Grotte who worked in Russia with a team of German and Soviet engineers.

 

 

The T-35 fielded a 76.2 mm main gun and five 7.62 mm machine guns. It had up to 30mm of armor in the front plating. Te tank saw some parade action and some combat at Barbarossa. Unfortunately it was mostly a disaster because it broke down. To demonstrate how inexperience the Russians were at heavy tank design in 1930, keep in mind they only made 61 T-35s.

 

The T-35 was a Soviet heavy tank

The T-35

 

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Louis September 12, 2017 at 8:35 am

Apparantly they only build so few because it was mechanically very unreliable. And it did teach them enough to build the T34, and the KV1 by 1941, which was better then anything the Nazis (and the western allies for that matter) had at that time. Also, the equivalent heavy, multi-turret tanks of the Germans, British and French in the 1930s also turned out to be disasters. And the Soviets at least got theirs into production.

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