Glory to the heroes of the Patriotic War!

Another video from the American Wartime Museum open house.  This time a Ruskie!

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The T-34/85 was perhaps top on the list of medium tanks during World War II.   With a diesel engine and 85mm gun, the T34/85 compared well against the contemporary American M4 Shermans.  While the German Panther tanks could beat it one-on-one, the T34/85 were rolling out of the factory at a rate of 1,000 a month!

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I liked the living historians (what we call reenactors in high-brow discussions) hanging on the side of the tank.  Sort of conjured up thoughts of Kursk or Berlin.

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But I bet the guy in white ended up with a hefty dry-cleaning bill.

Best remembered for World War II service, the T34/85 remained in service well beyond 1945.  Like the M4 Sherman, the T34s saw action in Korea and in other places the Cold War ran hot.  Several countries retained T34s right up to the lifting of the Iron Curtain.

The T34/85 running laps was one of two on display at the event.

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Impressive armor.

The political officer ordered me to say that – Craig.