Pic of the Day (something a bit different. T34)


Russians are not generally known for their engineering, but this is the famous Red Army World War II “T-34” one of the best military vehicles of the war.  This machine helped change the course of WWII and is attributed with the greatest shock to an enemy on the field, when it unexpectedly appeared on the Russian Front in 1941 and inflicted mass terror and carnage on the previously successful German panzer army, thought invincible. The T-34 was fast, maneuverable and packed a heavy punch with its 76mm gun. But perhaps the greatest innovation, was its radical and clever, but simple, design.  By sloping the armour at an angle, munitions simply glanced off the siding, greatly enhancing the tank’s defensive strength without adding weight and therefore compromising speed. The Germans soon copied this design, and produced the new Panzer V, the Panther, as a direct result of the T-34.

The T-34’s other strength was that it was simple and could be mass-produced, quickly, lacking all the sophisticated whistles and bells of German tanks.  T-34s simply mobbed Panzer platoons.  They were designed for a simple purpose, and sacrificed everything else to speed, simplicity, and killing power – a means to a temporary end (saving the USSR). This they did.

This machine played a major role in the largest tank battle of all time, the Battle of the Kursk Salient involving over 8000 tanks in July/August 1943.

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A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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2 Responses to Pic of the Day (something a bit different. T34)

  1. Andrei says:

    You need the song to go with this, “In the field tanks rumbled” – a sad song about the death of a tank crew

    • coNZervative says:

      Thanks. This song also captures the toughness of Russians, they became formidable enemies of the Nazi regime, and truly deserve the bulk of the thanks for winning WWII. They by far paid the greatest price and bore the brunt, despite British and American commentary.

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