Soviet medium tank from 1942

T-34 was a Soviet medium tank that had a profound and lasting effect on the field of tank design. Although its armour and armament were surpassed later in the war, it has been often credited as the most effective, efficient, and influential tank design of World War II. At its introduction, the T-34 possessed an unprecedented combination of firepower, mobility, protection, and ruggedness. Its 76.2 mm (3 in) high-velocity tank gun provided a substantial increase in firepower over any of the T-34's contemporaries; its heavy sloped armour was difficult to penetrate by most contemporary anti-tank weapons. First encountered in 1941, German tank general von Kleist called it "the finest tank in the world" and Heinz Guderian confirmed the T-34's "vast superiority" over German armour and found it "very worrying".


Country USSR
Manufacturer Charkowskie Biuro Projektowe im. Aleksandra Morozowa
Vehicle type medium tank
Crew 4
Production years 1940 - 1958
Copies approx. 84 070


Engine 12-cylinder, diesel, four-stroke, V-model W-2 500 hp
Fuel tank capacity essential 460–480 l, additional 134 l
Armor welded from rolled plates, thickness up to 52 mm
length/width/height 6,68 m / 3 m / 2,45 m
Clearance 0,40 m
Mass 26,5 t
Speed 53 km/h
Reach 300 km


1 x gun L-11 or F-34 cal. 76,2 mm
2 x machine gun DT cal. 7,62 mm