Amazing world of WW II tanks at Victory Park (Winter 2015)

Hello again! I am still going through the photos from my last trip to Russia and I am excited that they will allow me to create new blogs, write (and learn while I am doing them) and share soooo many interesting topics!

Military Staff Car
Military Staff Car

In the past, I posted other blogs from this awesome museum devoted to fortifications,  military airplanes, military locomotives, and armored trains.

German Military Identification Symbol
German Military Identification Symbol

This blog is the last one from the military museum and we will blog about tanks, armored vehicles, and guns designed to destroyed them!

Turret of Panzer I - Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf. A
The turret of Panzer I – Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf. A

The collection of tanks is extensive but I seen more robust ones. However, they are very nicely displayed and very well maintained for your viewing pleasure. All of the tanks on the display are from the World War II era and all of them were used on the Eastern front.

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I will start this blog with describing the German equipment.

Panzer III Ausf. M
Panzer III Ausf. M

The Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in the Spring of 1941, after practicing the armored “blitzkrieg” operations in Poland, during successful campaigns in the Western Europe and in Africa.

Panzer III Ausf. H
Panzer III Ausf. H

The German tanks were the cutting edge of the military technology, designed to kill the enemy tanks and advance rapidly into enemy territory with the support of attached infantry units, under the cover of the German air force, the Luftwaffe.

German 3.7cm PAK (Panzerabwehrkanone)
German 3.7cm PAK (Panzerabwehrkanone)

The panzer armada was supported by the other military hardware designed to kill the enemy tanks and pave the way to the victory. The museum has some anti-tank guns such above 3.7cm PAK and powerful tank destroyer StuG III.

StuG III ( tank destroyer)
StuG III ( tank destroyer)

However, the German efficiency and desire to design the perfect tank were put to the test on the Eastern front. The Eastern front was the theater where the tanks were tested against each other and against the brutal conditions.

Destroyed Panzer II, Panzerkampfwagen II
Destroyed Panzer II, Panzerkampfwagen II

The Soviet Union, let’s say it plainly, was stunned by the German “blitzkrieg” tactics and during the first year of the war, the Nazi tank columns almost made it to Moscow.

Soviet T-34 Tank
Soviet T-34 Tank

Tank design preferred by the Soviet strategists and leaders was very different from the way of Nazi Germany. As described above, Germans designed beautiful killing machines but they required loving touch and time of their mechanics and tank crews. Soviet tanks were designed for the harsh land of Russia, were to be mass-produced and operated by less-skilled crews.

Soviet T-34 Tank
Soviet T-34 Tank

The Soviet Red Army very quickly began to use in mass quantities one of the most successful tanks in history, the famous T-34 and its many variants!

Soviet T-34 Tank
Soviet T-34 Tank

The American M4A2 tanks also made to the Eastern front as a help to the Red Army. They were provided by the Lend-Lease program.

US medium M4A2 tank provided to the Soviet Union
US medium M4A2 tank provided to the Soviet Union

The museum also has some artillery pieces and other military equipment which is very interesting!

Various Soviet towed artillery pieces
Various Soviet towed artillery pieces

Enjoy the rest of pictures!

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The high resolution photos can be accessed here: tanks in high resolution.

Some other posts from Moscow:Visit to Red Square and Kremlin, World War II tanks at the Victory Park, Soviet Military Aircraft in the Victory Park, steam locomotive, flying out of Domodedovo Airport, metro in Moscow part 1 – the station escalators, metro in Moscow part 2 – the trains, metro in Moscow part 3 – the stations, Christmas shopping. 

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