Post by alo
With the western allies always one if not two tank designs behind the
Germans, did they ever have a T-34 delivered to them to evaluate it
against what was coming off their production lines?
If they did...was it ever a possibility they could have adopted it
(improved on it) and churned it out like the Soviets did?
The T-34 was basically equivalent to the M4 Sherman.
The T-34 came into service a little earlier, and had a
slightly more powerful gun (76.2mm vs 75mm; later the
Sherman mounted a 76.2mm while the T-34 was upgunned
to 85mm). However, AP performance was very similar.
The T-34 had wider tracks which was better for mobility
on soft ground, i.e. mud.
However, the Sherman had a more reliable engine and
transmission. The Soviets used Shermans to equip
Guards Tank Corps for deep breakthrough operations,
where they needed tanks that could drive long distances
without breaking down.
The Sherman also had better ergonomics than the T-34. The
Soviets skimped on crew comfort, which is understandable,
but did have costs in crew effectiveness.
Finally, the Sherman had a gyro-stabilized main gun which
could fire on the move.
So the idea that the T-34 was a vastly superior tank that
the US or UK should have copied is a myth.
Nous sommes dans une pot de chambre, et nous y serons emmerdés.
--- General Auguste-Alexandre Ducrot at Sedan, 1870.