The First T-34, Birth of a Legend: The T-34 Model 1940
This publication describes, in hitherto unseen detail and research, the birth of the legendary T-34 through its first series production Model 1940. It starts with the path that led to the first prototypes, covers the many details of its production models and, finally, follows it into action during those so decisive first five months of the Great Patriotic War, today most commonly known by the German name for the invasion, Operation Barbarossa. During this campaign, both the T-34 and KV tank came as a complete surprise to the advancing German Wehrmacht, and on many encounters the two new Soviet tanks designs slowed down the German momentum, eventually to an extent that the objective of Moscow could not be taken before winter arrived.
Over the past decade, the author Christian Mulsow, devoted himself to the many technical details of T-34-76 models, indeed closely looking at each and every «nut and bolt» and is now able to provide the first ever in-depth research on the development, technology and combat history of the T-34 Model 1940, the first version of a legendary tank family.
Containing 216 pages, this English text publication is illustrated with 330 black and white photographs (the bulk of which hitherto unpublished), 110 graphics, 23 colour plates, 6 five-perspective technical drawings in 1/35 scale and 4 maps.
Examples of the 30 chapters contained in the book:
Published as a limited edition volume of 999 copies. Shipping starts from late January 2019.