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T-46/1 arrived to Kubinka Tank Museum

07/09/2013 01:30:00
A nice unique soviet tank T-46/1 arrived to Kubinka Tank Museum on June 29, 2013.
A nice unique soviet tank T-46/1 arrived to Kubinka Tank Museum on June 29, 2013.
T-46/1 was designed by an OKMO team. The vehicle entered production in 1935. Very few produced. The tank participated in fights of war with Finland and was used as a long term weapon emplacement. "The tank was found near Soviet-Finnish border and lucky it wasn't cut on parts", Mr. Dmitry Bushmakow said. The tank was sold already and had to be taken, however Leibstandarte team managed to convince dealers to keep the Tank in Russia. "T-46/1 is very unique tank. On the average each vehicle has 50-100 pieces. T-46/1 has only 4. And one of them will get to the Museum" - Dmitry adds.
The T-46 Light Tank was developed in an attempt to improve the mobility of the T-26, the most numerous Soviet tank from the mid-1930s until the German invasion of 1941. The T-26 suspension consisted of eight small road wheels carried in pairs on small bogies. The bogies were supported in pairs by leaf springs. This was less effective than the Christie suspension used on the BT series of fast tanks, and so in 1935, S. Ginzburg of the OKMO team at Zavod No.185 was ordered to produce a new version of the T-26 using the Christie suspension. A small production run of seventy tanks was planned.
The project was abandoned after the production of a number of prototypes (or possibly of all seventy tanks from the first production run). The T-46 proved to be too complex to mass produce (a flaw that would also cause the failure of the T-25). It also offered little or no benefit over the BT series tanks. Ginzburg and his team were ordered to concentrate on improving the design of the T-26, and produced the T-26S Model 1937.
One brigade is known to have used some of the existing T-46s during the fighting in Finland in 1940, where the Red Army suffered a humiliating setback. A few T-46 prototypes were deployed in October 1941 as one of the desperate measures to stop the German advance to Moscow. Although it is not clear weather these T-46s ever engaged in actual combat, they were used in a static defense line. With wheels and tracks removed and buried into the ground, emerging turrets had the role of a static pillbox.
Today we have only 2 partially remained T-46. One of them is in Kubinka Tank Museum waiting for restoration. Kubinka Tank Museum has over 300 original pieces since 1938.
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