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Soviet Union's T-34/76 Model 1941, T-34/76A, T-34/76B, T-34 06. 41. medium tank

Note: Some sources call this the T-34/76A, and other call it the T-34/76B. Suffice to say I think Model 1941 is much more appropriate.

Photos

T-34/76 Model 1941, T-34/76B medium tank7:
Soviet Union's T-34/76 Model 1941 medium tank
Imperial War Museum
T-34/76 Model 1941 , T-34/76B medium tank7:
Soviet Union's T-34/76 Model 1941 medium tank
Imperial War Museum
Dragon Armor 1/72 model, 60135:
Dragon Armor 60135 T-34/76 Diecast Model

Dragon Armor 1/72 model, 60150:
Dragon Armor 60150 T-34/76 Diecast Model
Dragon Armor 1/72 model, 60152:
Dragon Armor 60152 T-34/76 Diecast Model

Dragon Armor 1/72 model, 60153:
Dragon Armor 60153 T-34/76 Diecast Model
Dragon Armor 1/72 model, 60158:
Dragon Armor 60158 T-34/76 Diecast Model
Dragon Armor 1/72 model, 60328:
60328 Dragon 1/72 Diecast Armor, Soviet T-34/76 Model 1941

Design

Had rolled plate turret6 with a L/40 gun installed in an angular gun cradle. Late models had all steel wheels and a cast turret.

Main Armament

The T-34/76 Model 1941 had a 76.2 mm Model 1940 L/41.5 gun installed.1 The cast cradle for the gun was replaced by a bolted type.1

Turret

In 1942 a cast turret was installed.3,7 Some models had two periscopes in the turret roof.1

Suspension

Many of the T-34/76 Model 1941s had rubber tired road wheels.7

Production

Automatic welding was used during production.6 Many of the surfaces were left unpainted to get them out quicker to the front lines.6

Usage

When the T-34/76 Model 1941 was first being distributed to the Red Army they were often used by the platoon or company commanders.1

Specifications

  T-34/76A, T-34/76 B, T-34/76 1941
Crew Commander/gunner, loader, driver, hull gunner/radio operator7
42,4,7,8
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 57,200 lb8
26,000 kg8
28 tons2,4,5
Length w/gun

19' 5.1"8, 22'4
5.92 m8, 6.92 m2

Length w/o gun 6.1 m2
Height 8'4,8
2.44 m8, 2.45 m2
Width 9.8'4, 9' 10"8
3 m2,8
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.4 m2
Ground contact length 12.2'4
Ground pressure 0.66 kg/(cm2)2
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 76.2 mm F-34 19402
76.2 mm L/41.23,4
76.2 mm F-34 Model 1940 L/421
76.2 mm8
Secondary  
MG 2: 7.62 mm MG4,8
2: 7.62 mm DT MG2
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 762, 771,4
19 AP: BR-350A1
53 HE: F-354 or OF-3501
5 Canister: SH-3501
Secondary  
MG 2,3944, 2,898 - 4,7252
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 18 - 608
Hull: 473,7
Turret: 603,7
Hull Front, Upper 451, 602,4
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 451, 40-452,4
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 451,2, 47
Hull Top 15 - 202, 18 - 224, 201
Hull Bottom 15 - 202, 18 - 224, 201
Turret Front 16 - 704, 521, 602
Turret Sides 521,2
Turret Rear 451, 522
Turret Top 162, 201
Engine (Make / Model) V-2-344,8, W-2-342
Bore / stroke 4 stroke2
Cooling  
Cylinders 124, V-122,8
Capacity  
Net HP 5004,8, 500@1,800 rpm2
Power to weight ratio 17.8 hp/ton2
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Diesel4
Octane  
Quantity 121.5 gallons
540 liters2
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
26°/sec electric1
Speed - Road 31 mph4, 34 mph8
53 kph2, 55 kph8
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 115 miles8, 188 - 280 miles4, 249 miles1
186 km8, 400 km1,2
Range - Cross Country 130 - 240 miles4, 162 miles1
260 km1
Turning radius  
Elevation Limits -3° to +30°1
Fording depth 4' 6"8
1.12 m2, 1.37 m8
Trench crossing 9' 8"8
2.5 m2, 2.95 m8
Vertical obstacle 2' 4"8
0.71 m8, 0.9 m2
Climbing ability 35°2
Suspension (Type) Christie, coil springs
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 1' 7.1"4
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Russian Tanks of World War II Stalin's Armored Might, by Tim Bean & Will Fowler, 2002
  2. Russian Tanks and Armored Vehicles 1917-1945, by Wolfgang Fleischer, 1999
  3. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  4. Airfix Magazine Guide 22 Russian Tanks of World War 2, John Milsom and Steve Zaloga, 1977
  5. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  6. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  7. Profile AFV Weapons, #47, Russian T34, by J. M. Brereton, Major Michael Norman, RTR, 1972
  8. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
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