T-34 (1943) (China)

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␗T-34 (1943)
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
83 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
45 / 45 / 45Hull
53 / 53 / 53Turret
30.0 tWeight
954 hp500 hpEngine power
32 hp/t17 hp/tSurface density
54 km/h forward
7 km/h back
48 km/h forward
6 km/h back
76 mm F-34 cannonMain weapon
100 roundsAmmunition
6.5 / 8.4 sReload
-5° / 28°Vertical guidance
1 890 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
63 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 400 / 1 941/1 500 / 2 080/1 310 / 1 816Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
330 Ge icon.pngAces
136 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png70 % Sl icon.png


The ␗T-34 (1943) is a rank II Chinese medium tank with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Main armament

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Additional armament

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Excellent post-penetration effect with the BR-350B, easily one-shotting most tanks it sees
  • Sloped hull armor provides good protection against small caliber / low-penetration shells, and even large caliber guns when angled correctly
  • 49 km/h top speed allows it to change position quickly and outrun lots of other medium tanks
  • The BR-350P APCR can effectively penetrate heavily armored targets at close range
  • Nearly impossible to damage the transmission and immobilizing it from the front
  • Good turret traverse


  • The 4 crews are so close making it easily one-shotted when penetrated from the front / side hull, or even the turret
  • 5 degrees gun depression is below average
  • Large fuel tanks scattered at the sides of the hull, tend to catch fire if being hit


For a full history of the development of the T-34 (1943), it is best to reference the article on the Soviet T-34 (1942) as this almost is identical. In Soviet official documents, little difference was made between the T-34 Model 1942 (German designation T-34/76C) and the T-34 Model 1943 (German designations T-34/76D, E and F); most of the differences between the models was due to them being produced at different facilities.

Despite its position in the Chinese tech tree, it has to be noted that the T-34 (1943) is not, in fact, a Chinese vehicle. All currently available sources indicate that the PLA never operated the F-34 armed version of the T-34, and the best available documents, compiled by Dr. Martin Andrew, indicate that 1837 T-34s were delivered by the Soviets to the PLA between 1950 and 1954, all of which were the T-34-85 variant.

However, the T-34 (1943) did see service in North Korea, with deliveries starting in 1949. Following the proclamation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on September 9th 1948, North Korea's first armoured unit, the 105th Armored Battalion was established in October of 1948, increasing to regimental strength in May of 1949 before being rebaptised as the 105th Armored Brigade prior to the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. Due to the lack of official North Korean sources on the subject, it is unclear how many T-34 (1943) saw service with the DPRK; evidence does exist that a number of them were committed to the original June 1950 assault on South Korea, with a number of knocked-out short-barrelled T-34s being photographed on the battlefield.

The nature of combat in Korea meant that tank losses were high for the DPRK, and out of 120 tanks reported on strength in June of 1950, nearly all had been lost by December that year. Replacements were delivered by the Soviet Union, all of these later deliveries covering the T-34-85 variant.

Following the end of the Korean War, a reconstruction program was started to bring the DPRK's army back to strength, with additional deliveries of T-34s arriving from the Soviet Union. Again the lack of reliable North Korean sources makes it impossible to work out what was delivered, but sources indicate that despite the delivery of T-34-85s, which remained the mainstay of the North Korean Army until it first received T-54/55s and Type 59 tanks in 1967, a number of older T-34-76s remained in service, either being rebuilds of recovered vehicles or, more likely, new deliveries from their Soviet allies. Most tellingly, a widely circulated still from a late 1960s North Korean propaganda film shows military manoeuvres involving at least two T-34-76s, both showing signs of modernisation such as T-34-85-type saddle fuel tanks and starfish roadwheels (first introduced 1969). As such, it can be surmised that at least some T-34 (1943)s remained in North Korean service into the 1970s in some sort of reserve or training capacity.


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See also

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China medium tanks
  Т-34-85 Gai · Type 59 · ZTZ59D1 · Type 69 · Т-62 №545 · M60A3 TTS · CM11 · ZTZ96
American  ␗M4A4 · M4A4 (1st PTG) · ␗M4A1 (75) W · ␗M48A1
Soviet  ␗T-34 (1943) · ␗Т-34-85 (S-53)
Japanese  ␗Chi-Ha