cheasesteak, on 20 March 2017 - 02:30 PM, said:
I'd question that. It was clearly an important tank for the Soviet war effort, but it was a bit of an evolutionary dead end.
T-34 was rugged, well armored for its time, and easy to build. It wasn't really the precursor to modern tanks. Christie suspension was already obsolete during WW 2, the original 2 man turrets (which most T-34s used) was certainly not the modern trend. Modern ammunition reduces the benefit of armor angling (another key component of the T-34's success).
research "main battle tank".
T-34 wasn't only important for the soviet war effort. It saved Russia pretty much on its own, and by doing this, it forced Germany into a wrestle and sunk all of Germany's effort into the east front. Having all of Germany's forces in the east is what allowed the western allies to land. T34 arrived first to Berlin. Taking a bit of a shortcut we can say it bent and downed the nazis and pretty much saved Europe from German occupation. I'm not going to comment on hilter decision to launch two fronts or on soviet occupation of Eastern Europe since it's not related to tanks.
Those are all good reasons why Russians are more tank nuts than anyone else around and why they make such good tank videogames as well.
T-34 was the first medium tank to prove the heavies were obsolete.
it could do anything a KV1 could do, but faster and cheaper.
The is a straight relationship between each generation :
T-34 —> T-43 —> T-44 —> T-54 —> T-64 —> T-72 —> T90
T-90 which is still fielded today.
Now compare this with a panther or a M4.
What kind of descent did they have ?
What kind of influence on later designs ?
It is even said that the panther itself was Germany trying to learn from their encounter with the T34.
The only other tank with a remarkable descent was the British Cromwell which led to the successful centurion. None of these having any battlefield achievement even remotely comparable to the T-34
Edited by minitel_NA, 20 March 2017 - 05:17 PM.