Soviet Union and Russia

Obviously, a great deal of Soviet documents have to do with Soviet tactics and equipment. This page contains articles that have to do with mass-produced Soviet equipment, either from Soviet or Western Ally sources.


This section is concerned with guns and their sights only. For information about the tanks that carried them, use the next section.


This section deals with tanks and other vehicles, but not tank guns, for the most part. If looking for information on the gun, use the section above.

Tank Markings

Guides and Manuals

305 mm howitzer assembly instructions
Anti-tank manual for partisans
Anti-tank manual
Anti-tank posters
Standards for tank recovery
Fedorenko's manual on using a Tank Corps
Stalin's KV tactics
Camouflage manual
Tank brigade tactics, 1942
Tank tactics, 1945
Tank unit reporting standards
Tank repair instructions
Tank concealment manual
Combined arms anti-tank manual
Minefield traversal manual
Anti-tank defense manual
Anti-tank infantry squad guidelines
Combined arms offensive formation
Artillery vs. German tanks
Anti-tank rifle manual
RPG-6 and RPG-43 grenade manual
Using the IS-1, IS-2, and ISU-152 in combat
Attack and defense with heavy tanks
Infantry manual on co-operation with tanks
Gasoline firewall
Tank corps manual, 1942

Internal Affairs

Inquiry at HPZ
Factory #183 production problems
Reflections on the battle at Lake Hasan: tactics, technical
NKVD reflections on tanks in the Winter War (part 1, part 2, part 3)
Conference on use of tanks in the Winter War (part 1, part 2)
Tanks at the Mannerheim Line
Spare parts oddities
Observation device QA
Pre-war tank exercise plan
Stalin's reaction to German invasion intel
Rubber research
Salary for Leningrad militia
Horse decree
Manufacturing problems at HPZ
Production and distribution of vodka for the army
Revised vodka distribution orders
Order #227 in the 4th Tank Army
Reforming tank units and addition of women to the tank forces
Lost documents
Rewards for exceptional repair crews
Tank production window dressing
Captured tank report
Side effects of tank testing
Chamber of Secrets
Political work in the Red Army
70 years of victory
Victory parade
Kirov factory in the Great Patriotic War
Tank builders' autobiography
Difficulty repairing tanks
Translation issues
Lack of cars
Project management
Blocking detachments

Equipment and Other

Tank-bunkers (more tank bunkers)
Incendiary bottles ("Molotov cocktails")
Problems with tank testing
Kubinka exhibits
Importance of standards
Donations for tanks
Factory evacuation
Device for testing HEAT shells
Parade preparations
Pigeons at war
Fake tanks
Reactive armour
Fighting with hatches open
Assault rifle comparison
Spotlights at Seelow Heights
Report graphics (more)
Casualty estimations
RS-82 Rocket gun
Harsh fate of tank-less tankers
Rocket firing motorcycle
Invention rejection letter (internal version)
Keeping track of fuel tanks
French guide on Soviet uniforms
Defending Kubinka
Fire protection suit
Penetration testing of reactive armour
Supply problems at Sevastopol
Worker tank brigade
Winter and summer Molotovs
Camouflage umbrella
Pre-war R&D
Anti-tank foam
Pirate tactics
Pre-war tank maneuvers
Reindeer raid
Spring-loaded grenade launcher
Banner of Victory
Firewall and bottle field



  1. Do you have any idea if there was ever a variant of the T-34-85 fitted with a KV-85 turret and gun?

    Also, do you know of any Pz IIIs armed with the Pak 38 anti-tank gun?

    1. There were T-34-85s armed with a D-5T, but none that used a KV-85 turret.

      I don't think the Pak 38 is suitable for installation into a tank turret, but the KwK 39 had identical ballistics.

    2. Ok, thank you for that. It's just that i saw some info (rendered pics at least) of those two vehicles on another website. The reason why i asked is to see whether or not either of those tanks could have a place in World of Tanks.

      Do you know of any instance of PzIIIs (Possibly Ausf. L) being armed with an anti-tank Pak gun?

    3. There were plenty of tractors and such that had Pak 40 guns mounted on them, and there was also a PzII chassis with a Pak 38. There are plenty more vehicles like this that can be added to WoT, I think SerB wrote that you can have at least four full German tank destroyer trees.

  2. I recall seeing the statistics regarding the number of artillery guns (of all caliber) in the USSR somewhere here, where does it go? or did I missed something?

    1. This one?

  3. Do you know why the Soviets never adopted HESH rounds? I recall reading one of your articles where they tested HESH against various HE rounds so I doubt that they did not have access to the technology...

    1. I've never seen any reasoning about why it was never implemented. From what I can tell, subcaliber fin stabilized AP was good enough and there was no reason to go with a risky new technology.

    2. Interesting, I would have thought the Soviets would have loved the versatility of HESH against armoured and unarmoured targets but I can see why they would prefer APDSFS with the greater velocity. Thanks!

  4. HI, very nice work with your site. Could be there a schance to cover the translation of the documents reporting the causes of tank losses? More here:

  5. Is there any article on made-up soviet tanks?

    1. There aren't really any popular made up Soviet tanks aside from obvious photoshops.