Armored Collection 3-99
Reviewed by Cookie Sewell
This volume, by Mr. Baryatinskiy, covers the history of the creation of the early models of the T-34. It includes a photo of one of the two original prototypes and shows the differences between it and the better known Model 1940. Small sketches, drawn by V. Mal'ginov, are based on either similar designs used by some Japanese armor fans or are copied verbatim from the original technical manuals for the vehicles. The book follows the development from the A-20 to the A-32 and A-34, and also the pre-war A-41 and A-43 attempts to replace what was then seen to be an imperfect machine with little chance of success. The latter, better known as the T-34M, nearly replaced the T-34, and but for the invasion of June 1941, would have entered service at the end of that year.
Coverage is also given to offshoots like the T-34-57 tank destroyer, with one photo of this rare vehicle include as well. The various models of T-34 Model 1941, Model 1942 (Factory No. 183), Model 1942 (Stalingrad Tractor Factory), Model 1942 (Factory No. 112), Model 1942 (Chelyabinsk Tank Factory), and Model 1942 (August 1942 model, better known in the West as the Model 1943), are all covered in either detail drawings or 1/35 scale plans.
Two things really hurt these books from becoming more than simple modeler's plan and picture books. One, M-K does not provide any English translations or captions for any item in the books. This really tends to limit distribution to specialty houses, such as East View Publications. Second, being in Russian limits its usefulness to those who can read the language, which is a real drawback. Here, high marks go to M-Khobbi for their "thumbnail" translation and translated captions, which provide them greater circulation and audience.
Thanks to Steve Zaloga for the review copy.
Cookie Sewell AMPS
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