T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.)

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General info

The T-26 of the 1st Guards Tank Brigade in the garage.

The T-26 (1st Guards Tank Brigade) [or the T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.)] is a premium Rank I Soviet light tank with a battle rating of 1.0. It was introduced in Update 1.41.27. Essentially a premium version of the original T-26, it boasts all its benefits and weaknesses. It costs 250 Golden Eagles

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Like the T-26, this tank is rather slow. It has all the benefits of the 45 mm gun. It has nearly the same armour as all other tanks of its rank (10-30 mm). It only has a crew of 3, so a hit to the turret will usually be fatal. Play style should be conservative.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good penetration even at distance;
  • Decent reload time;
  • The ammo rack is difficult to destroy.

Cons:

  • Awful maneuverability;
  • Exposed driver, prone to be injured;
  • Thin armour compared to the PzKpfw II Ausf.C.
  • Tall profile compared to the PzKpfw II Ausf.C.
  • Very weak roof armour, vulnerable to machine gun fire from airplanes
  • poor top speed, woeful reverse

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 45 mm 20-K cannon (205 Rounds)
1 x 7.62 mm DT machine gun (1,890 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 45 mm 20-K cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 205 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -6°
  • Gun Elevation: 22°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.5°/s (Stock), 13.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 3.8s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 45 mm 20-K cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 205 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -6°
  • Gun Elevation: 22°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.5°/s (Stock), 11.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 3.8s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 45 mm 20-K cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 205 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -6°
  • Gun Elevation: 22°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.5°/s (Stock), 11.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 3.8s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
BR-240 62 59 45 35 29 26 APHEBC 760 1.4 1.2 15 32.3 +4° 42° 27° 19°
BR-240SP 73 68 51 35 25 17 AP 757 1.4 N/A N/A N/A -1° 43° 30° 25°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the T-26.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
205 165 (+40) 124 (+81) 83 (+122) 42 (+163) (+204) Turret empty: 124 (+81) Yes

Secondary armament

1 x 7.62 mm DT machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander/Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 3 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 15 mm (22°) Front plate
7 mm (64-80°) Front glacis
15 mm (6-52°) Lower glacis
15 mm (21-23°) Top
15 mm (0°) Bottom
15 mm (0°) Top
15 mm (12°) Bottom
10 mm Hull
6 mm Rear
Turret 15 mm (13-15°) Turret front
15 mm (5-44°) Gun mantlet
15 mm (17-19°) 15 mm (17°) 10 mm

Notes

  • Suspension wheel are 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 6 mm thick

Engine & mobility

Weight: 9.8 ton

Max Speed: 33 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 141 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 14.39 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 174 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.75 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 9.8 ton

Max Speed: 30 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 80 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 8.16 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 91 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 9.28 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 9.8 ton

Max Speed: 30 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 80 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 8.16 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 91 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 9.28 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The T-26 light tank was a design is derived from the British Vickers 6-ton tank. In early 1930s, a Soviet buying committee traveled to Britain and purchased tanks, tractors, and cars for use in the Soviet Union, of which the Vickers tank was chosen. Fifteen Twin-turreted Vickers tank arrived into the Soviet Union in May 1930, equipped with only machine guns. Four more Vickers were delivered at the end of 1930, these being the single-turret variants with a 47 mm gun, and the deliveries were finished by 1932. The Vickers-produced tanks were designated as the V-26.

The Vickers 6-ton tank competed with several Soviet designs for the "most suitable" tank design for Soviet use. One such competitor was the Soviet T-19 light tank, which had advantages over the Vickers design, but also disadvantages. The T-19 designer, S. Ginzburg, suggested for a "hybrid" tank to be built off the features of the T-19 and the Vickers tank. But in January 1931, intelligence picked up that Poland bought up many foreign tanks from Britain and France with license to mass-produce them. As Poland was considered an enemy to the state, the pressure caused by this intelligence caused the Soviet military council to adopt the foreign tanks into Soviet usage, thus the Vickers 6-ton tank, under the designation as the T-26, was accepted into service in February 13, 1931 as the main-stay of the Red Army's armoured forces.

Although outclassed later in the war, it was considered one of the more successful and widely produced tank model in the 1930s. It, along with the BT light tanks, composed of the majority of Russia's armoured forces in late 1930s. It weighed just a little under 10 tons, had 15 mm thick armour in front, with a 45 mm 20K gun , and had a crew of three people. The Bolshevik Factory in Leningrad was the first factory to start producing the T-26 from June 1931, and production of the tank lasted from then until 1941.

Variants

During its production life, many variants of it was made for different purposes, up to 53 different ones to fit different roles, though only 23 would see service in production. Such designs included changes like a twin-turreted version (some with only machine guns and some with cannons), command tanks, added armour, artillery tanks (such as the T-26-4), flamethrower tanks, remote-controlled tanks, or just armoured carriers to tow artillery and such. Others were simply modified variants of the normal variants such as the T-26E, which was the base single-turreted T-26 design with 30-40 mm applique armour made during the Winter War, which made them more resilient to the Finnish anti-tank weapons.

All these tanks produced in the span of 1931 to 1941 made up a total 10,300 tanks, and 1,701 other variants of it, for a total of 12,001 units produced.

Combat usage

The T-26 first saw combat in the Spanish Civil War, where it showed its superiority over the current tanks of the period fielded by Italy and Germany. Then it saw combat against the Japanese in the Soviet-Japanese border conflicts at Lake Khasan and Khalkhin Gol, which exposed some of the design defects such as poor armour welding and the disadvantages of riveted constructions (the rivet would break off and could harm the crew inside). After that, the T-26 saw service in the Invasion of Poland and the Winter War against Finland. The Winter War effectively showed the Soviets that the T-26 was obsolete, as the 37 mm guns and anti-tank rifles and Finnish have could penetrate the light armour of the T-26. When World War II for Russia finally broke out in Operation Barbarossa, the T-26 proved inferior to the German's Panzer IIIs and Panzer IVs, plus the air supremacy of the Luftwaffe ensured many tanks were lost in the opening stages of Barbarossa.

The T-26 at this point also were breaking down and the lack of spare parts made repairs hard, resulting in multiple T-26 units also being knocked out for being irrecoverable. The T-26 was gradually phased from service by the new, venerable T-34 medium tanks, which gave Germany a run for their money. The T-26 still saw service in the war as a second-line unit, as it was still fighting in the Battle of Moscow of 1941, Stalingrad of 1942, and in Manchuria in 1945. Some T-26 even saw action in the 1st Guards Tank Brigade (1st Gv.T.Br.), but these were quickly replaced by the more venerable T-34.

Survivors

A number of survivors exist today in different museums, about 45 of them are still intact. A majority of them are in Russia, Spain, and Finland, where they saw most of their services.

Screenshots and fan art

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-sov.png T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.)
Nation USSR
Type Light tank
Rank 1
Battle Rating 1.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
9,800 kg
21,605 lb
Number of Crew 3
Hull armour thickness
15/15/15/10 mm
0.59/0.59/0.59/0.39 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
141 hp
80 hp
80 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
174 hp
91 hp
91 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
14.39
14.62
8.16
8.29
8.16
8.29
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
17.75
18.04
9.28
9.43
9.28
9.43
Max speed
33 km/h
20.7 mph
30 km/h
18.7 mph
30 km/h
18.7 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 45 mm 20-K Cannon
Ammo stowage 205 rounds
Vertical guidance -6°/22°
Secondary Weapon
1 x DT Machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,890 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost 250 GE
Crew training cost 150 SL
Max repair cost*
130 SL
100 SL
80 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
8m
16m
16m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
2m
5m
5m
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