World War II Vehicles, Tanks, Airplanes, and Guns

World War II, a time in history of great upheaval the world over. Found here in are some of the machines used in that time by the men and women who fought the battles, delivered the supplies, and transported the wounded. Look around and enjoy the historical information, the specifications, pictures and videos of the machines of war that were used in World War II.

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Hungary's Turan tank

Hungary was able to get the rights to manufacture a Czechoslovakian tank and named it the Turan. Only around 600 were manufactured.

Soviet Union's T-34/76 and T-34/85 medium tanks

The Soviet Union was well advanced in their tank designs. Sloping armor, wide tracks, large main armament, and multi-man turrets. The T-34/76 was easy to produce in mass quantities. The T-34/85 packed a powerful punch with its 85 mm gun.

United States' T2 medium tank

The T2 medium tank had a unique setup. There was a 47 mm gun in the turret and a 37 mm gun in the hull. The T2 first appeared in 1930.

United States' T1 medium tank

The T1 medium tank appeared in 1925. It had a 57 mm gun in the turret.

Sweden's Strv m/42 light tank

The Strv m/42 was the first Swedish tank to have a 75 mm gun in a turret.

Sweden's Stridsvagn Strv m/41 light tank

The Strv m/41 has thicker armor and a slightly more powerful engine.

Sweden's Stridsvagn Strv.m/40 light tank

The Strv m/40 was the first mass produced Swedish tank.

Sweden's Strv m/31 light tank

In the 1920s the Swedes decided to design and manufacture their own tanks. The first of these was the Strv m/31.

Sweden's Strv m/21 light tank

German engineer Joseph Vollmer designed the Strv m/21.

France's Somua S-35

Probably the best French tank of World War II was the SOMUA S-35. Its one man turret was its greatest weakness.

Czechoslovakia's TNH P-S light tank

The tank that made up 25% of the German tank forces in 1940 and 1941 was the TNHP (later called the PzKpfw 38(t)). It was very reliable and easy to maintain.

Czechoslovakia's LT vz 35 medium tank

The Czechoslovakian's had an excellent armaments industry including tanks. One of them was the Skoda LT vz 35 medium tank that the Germans used in many of its Panzer Divisions in the early campaigns.

Soviet Union's SMK (Sergei Mironovich Kirov) heavy tank

The SMK was another of the Soviet multi-turreted tanks that was developed in the late 1930s. It was used against Finland but was found to be lacking in armor. The SMK was abandoned and the KV-1 became the favorite heavy tank.

Poland's Czolg lekki 7TP (7 ton) light tank

Though if there had been more of the 7TPs they could have potentially proven to be a thorn in the German sides when they invaded Poland. But there just wasn't enough of them to make a difference.

The Defense of Moscow 1941 The Northern Flank, Jack Radey & Charles Sharp, 2012

One, of the many, key battles of World War II was the Soviet Union stopping the German army at Moscow in December 1941. In The Defense of Moscow 1941 we learn of just the northern portion of that battle.

Jack Radey and Charles Sharp do an excellent coverage of both sides of the conflict. The Germans who hope one last push will take them around Moscow and the Soviets in their last ditch defense nearly at the gates of their capital.

After the war the German generals wanted to blame "general mud" on their defeat, which though did contribute some to their demise, but in reality it was the tenacious defense of the Soviet soldiers (though poorly led) that won the day.

This Stackpole book was a rather good read and I'd recommend it.

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