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Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II

By Steven J. Zaloga
RELATED TOPICS: BOOK | ARMOR
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Comments: Softcover, 48 pages, 38 black-and-white photos, 7 color plates illustrating 9 different vehicles

ISBN:
978-1-4728-1813-3

Price:
$18

Publisher:
Osprey Publishing


From the publisher:
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Soviets immediately became allies of Britain and the United States. To help stem the catastrophic losses of the Red Army that summer, Churchill and Roosevelt offered military aid. The first batches arrived in late 1941, just in time to take part in the defense of Moscow.

The supplies of British tanks encompassed a wide range of types, including the Matilda, Churchill, and Valentine, and even a few Tetrarch airborne tanks. American tanks included the M3 (Stuart) light tank, M3 (Lee) medium tank, and the M4 (Sherman) tank, which became so common in 1944-45 that entire Soviet tank corps were equipped with it. With these Western tanks, the Soviets were finally able to beat back the German tide in the East.

This book examines the different types of tanks shipped to the Soviet Union during the war, Soviet assessments of their merits and problems, and combat accounts of their use in Soviet service.


FSM says:
Widely acknowledged armor expert Zaloga holds forth with an illustrative selection of American and British AFVs in Soviet markings and usage.

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