Designing the T-34

Genesis of the Revolutionary Soviet Tank

Peter Samsonov

Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Mortons Books
Illustration :
80 drawings and photos, 8 color illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911658306
Pages : 92
Dimensions : 9.65 X 7.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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When the German army launched Operation Barbarossa - the invasion of the Soviet Union - on June 22, 1941, it was expecting to face and easily defeat outdated and obsolete tanks and for the most part it did, but it also received a nasty shock when it came up against the T-34.

With its powerful gun and sloped armour, the T-34 was more than a match for the best German tanks at that time and the Germans regarded it with awe. German Field Marshal von Kleist, who commanded the latter stages of Barbarossa, called it ‘the finest tank in the world’.

Using original wartime documents author and historian Peter Samsonov, creator of the Tank Archives blog, explains how the Soviets came to develop what was arguably the war’s most revolutionary tank design.

About The Author

Peter Samsonov is a Canadian tank historian who runs the renowned Tank Archives blog.


"I was impressed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book. The pictures along are worth the cost of the book. I will find this book indispensable in my library of reference books."


"Profusely illustrated throughout...impressively and comprehensively informative -- making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to the personal reading lists of dedicated military buffs."

- Midwest Book Review

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