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The ''{{specs|name}}''' is a premium Rank {{specs|rank}} Soviet medium tank {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.51 "Cold Steel"]]. The vehicle is that of a T-34 hull and chassis, but with a heavy emphasis in firepower with a 100 mm LB-1 gun as its main armament. This gun is equivalent to those on the [[SU-100]] and the [[T-54 (1947)|T-54]] [[T-54 (1949)|series]]. Thus, while suffering from a now obsolete armour thickness, it has the firepower needed to compete on a "see-first, shoot first" basis. It costs 6,090 [[Golden_Eagles|Golden Eagles]]
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The ''{{specs|name}}''' is a premium Rank {{specs|rank}} Soviet medium tank {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.51 "Cold Steel"]]. The vehicle is that of a T-34 hull and chassis, but with a heavy emphasis in firepower with a 100 mm LB-1 gun as its main armament. This gun is equivalent to those on the [[SU-100]] and the [[T-54 (1947)|T-54]] [[T-54 (1949)|series]]. Thus, while suffering from a now obsolete armour thickness, it has the firepower needed to compete on an SF-SF - "see first, shoot first" basis. It costs 6,090 [[Golden_Eagles|Golden Eagles]]
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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=== Machine guns ===
 
=== Machine guns ===
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== Usage in the battles ==
 
== Usage in the battles ==
 
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The T-34-100 retains the mobility and agility of the T-34-85 and combines it with a gun comparable to that of the German KwK 43 8.8 cm gun mounted on tanks like the Tiger II and Ferdinand. The T-34-100 Has very poor armour, it is unlikely to protect the crew from artillery fire, let alone other tanks. The 100mm gun is very effective even at great distance and it is strongly advised to use this tank's powerful gun and good agility as an advantage. The T-34-100 should be played with a very similar strategy to the PT-76B, using speed, agility, and firepower to 'shoot and scoot' or flank the enemy early in the game.
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The T-34-100 retains the mobility and agility of the T-34-85 and combines it with a gun comparable to that of the German KwK 43 8.8 cm gun mounted on tanks like the Tiger II and Ferdinand. The T-34-100 Has very poor armour, it is unlikely to protect the crew from artillery fire, let alone other tanks. The 100mm gun is very effective even at a great distance and it is strongly advised to use this tank's powerful gun and good agility as an advantage. The T-34-100 should be played with a very similar strategy to the PT-76B, using speed, agility, and firepower to 'shoot and scoot' or flank the enemy early in the game.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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===The T-34===
 
===The T-34===
Issued in large numbers in 1940, the [[T-34 (1940)|T-34]] became largely known as one of the best medium tanks of World War II. At its introduction, there was nothing comparable in any other army in the World, the Germans were still with their [[Pz.III F|Panzer IIIs]] and [[Pz.IV F1|Panzer IVs]] while the Americans had access to their inter-war period [[M2|M2 medium tank]] and [[M3 Stuart|M3 Stuart light tanks]]. The T-34 featured a frontal armour plate of 45 mm thick, but sloped at 60 degrees to create a 90 mm effective armour, a lot more than its contemporaries. The addition of a 76.2 mm gun also gave the T-34 a much better firepower advantage than other tanks as well. Its superiority in armour, mobility, and firepower caught the Germans by surprise when Operation Barbarossa was launched, and they found that many of their anti-tank weapons available were unable to destroy the T-34. However, poor unit coordination and crew training with the T-34 gave them little opportunities to be used in the most efficient way possible against the Germans.
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Issued in large numbers in 1940, the [[T-34 (1940)|T-34]] became largely known as one of the best medium tanks of World War II. At its introduction, there was nothing comparable in any other army in the World, the Germans were still with their [[Pz.III F|Panzer IIIs]] and [[Pz.IV F1|Panzer IVs]] while the Americans had access to their inter-war period [[M2|M2 medium tank]] and [[M3 Stuart|M3 Stuart light tanks]]. The T-34 featured a frontal armour plate of 45 mm thick but sloped at 60 degrees to create a 90 mm effective armour, a lot more than its contemporaries. The addition of a 76.2 mm gun also gave the T-34 a much better firepower advantage than other tanks as well. Its superiority in armour, mobility, and firepower caught the Germans by surprise when Operation Barbarossa was launched, and they found that many of their anti-tank weapons available were unable to destroy the T-34. However, poor unit coordination and crew training with the T-34 gave them little opportunities to be used in the most efficient way possible against the Germans.
  
By 1943, however, with the T-34 shock over in Germany, they had been developing better anti-tank weapons to fight back the T-34 such as the high-velocity Pak 40 anti-tank gun. They also upgraded their current tank arsenal with better guns, such as giving the [[Pz.IV F2|Panzer IV]] a [[KwK 40 (75 mm)|7.5 cm KwK 40]] cannon that could penetrate the T-34. Not only that, the introduction of heavier, more armoured tanks such as the [[Panther D|Panthers]] and [[Tiger H1|Tigers]] with much better guns could not only take out the T-34 at long ranges, but are also immune to the 76.2 mm gun from anywhere except in really close ranges or onto the sides. This lack in firepower the T-34 experienced made the Soviet High Command advocate for a upgrade in the T-34, and after adapting an aircraft gun and a turret from a cancelled project, it was called the [[T-34-85]], which had a [[D-5T (85 mm)|85 mm gun]]. The upgraded gun gave the T-34 a much needed boost in firepower that it lacked in the later part of World War II, and this model became the standard T-34 until the end of the war.
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By 1943, however, with the T-34 shock over in Germany, they had been developing better anti-tank weapons to fight back the T-34 such as the high-velocity Pak 40 anti-tank gun. They also upgraded their current tank arsenal with better guns, such as giving the [[Pz.IV F2|Panzer IV]] a [[KwK 40 (75 mm)|7.5 cm KwK 40]] cannon that could penetrate the T-34. Not only that, the introduction of heavier, more armoured tanks such as the [[Panther D|Panthers]] and [[Tiger H1|Tigers]] with much better guns could not only take out the T-34 at long ranges, but are also immune to the 76.2 mm gun from anywhere except in really close ranges or onto the sides. This lack in firepower the T-34 experienced made the Soviet High Command advocate for an upgrade in the T-34, and after adapting an aircraft gun and a turret from a cancelled project, it was called the [[T-34-85]], which had a [[D-5T (85 mm)|85 mm gun]]. The upgraded gun gave the T-34 a much-needed boost in firepower that it lacked in the later part of World War II, and this model became the standard T-34 until the end of the war.
  
 
===Development===
 
===Development===
In 1944, it was widely believed that the T-34-85 was still inferior to German tanks such as the [[Panther A|Panther]] and attempts were made to up-gun the tank. First was the attempt by Factory No.192 to mount a higher powered 85 mm gun (dubbed the ZiS-85-BM) onto the T-34 in September 1944, but this proved a failure in trials. The second was in October 1944 where Factory "Bolshevik" develop another high-powered 85 mm gun called V-5 and V-9K, but this also proved a failure when it is unable to keep with the [[KwK 43 (88 mm)|88 mm gun]] on the [[Tiger II (H)|Tiger II]]. These development then proceeded more ambitiously to a bigger gun. It was decided that the gun would be a 100 mm caliber and the task for this adaption fell to Plant No. 9 and No. 183 in July 1944. But findings say that the turret ring on the T-34-85 was not enough to mount the 100 mm cannon, and attempting to enlarge the turret ring for the [[IS-2]] turret to 1,800 mm was impossible. It fell to A. Savinov from Factory No.92 to adapt the 100 mm gun onto the T-34-85's turret, but trials found that this improvisation was not successful due to the excessive weight of the gun.
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In 1944, it was widely believed that the T-34-85 was still inferior to German tanks such as the [[Panther A|Panther]] and attempts were made to up-gun the tank. First was the attempt by Factory No.192 to mount a higher powered 85 mm gun (dubbed the ZiS-85-BM) onto the T-34 in September 1944, but this proved a failure in trials. The second was in October 1944 where Factory "Bolshevik" develop another high-powered 85 mm gun called V-5 and V-9K, but this also proved a failure when it is unable to keep with the [[KwK 43 (88 mm)|88 mm gun]] on the [[Tiger II (H)|Tiger II]]. This development then proceeded more ambitiously to a bigger gun. It was decided that the gun would be a 100 mm calibre and the task for this adaption fell to Plant No. 9 and No. 183 in July 1944. But findings say that the turret ring on the T-34-85 was not enough to mount the 100 mm cannon, and attempting to enlarge the turret ring for the [[IS-2]] turret to 1,800 mm was impossible. It fell to A. Savinov from Factory No.92 to adapt the 100 mm gun onto the T-34-85's turret, but trials found that this improvisation was not successful due to the excessive weight of the gun.
  
 
The design bureaus continued their research, now working alongside the development of the [[T-44]] tank. A solution was to create a somewhat "hybrid" of a vehicle between the T-34 and the T-44, which resulted in a larger turret ring of 1,700 mm and other changes to the T-34 suspension to make it more durable. The turret could hold the 100 mm cannon and all the modifications made the vehicle weigh about 33 tons. This vehicle was designated the '''T-34-100'''. Trials with this gun in early 1945 using both the 100 mm ZiS-100 and the D-10T (from the [[SU-100]]) showed that the vehicle was relatively successful, even if accuracy was not the best and that the gun put a strain onto the suspensions when fired. However, the Red Army like this vehicle and pushed for further development to eliminate most of the flaws the tank is associated with.
 
The design bureaus continued their research, now working alongside the development of the [[T-44]] tank. A solution was to create a somewhat "hybrid" of a vehicle between the T-34 and the T-44, which resulted in a larger turret ring of 1,700 mm and other changes to the T-34 suspension to make it more durable. The turret could hold the 100 mm cannon and all the modifications made the vehicle weigh about 33 tons. This vehicle was designated the '''T-34-100'''. Trials with this gun in early 1945 using both the 100 mm ZiS-100 and the D-10T (from the [[SU-100]]) showed that the vehicle was relatively successful, even if accuracy was not the best and that the gun put a strain onto the suspensions when fired. However, the Red Army like this vehicle and pushed for further development to eliminate most of the flaws the tank is associated with.
  
In the end of 1944, a newer 100 mm gun called the LB-1 was developed that had less recoil than the ZiS-100 and was proposed to be mounted onto the T-34 as well to eliminate the flaws the gun is doing onto the tank. But the gun was very long, extending 3 meters farther than the tank dimension itself. The T-34-100 mounting the LB-1 was tested in April 1945, firing tests and driving tests were conducted and it was found that the 100 mm LB-1 was much more accurate than its predecessors and did not affect the tank suspension as much. With a practical rate of fire of 5 rounds a minute, the firing rate for the caliber was a lot higher and gave the tank a much better firepower advantage when used. However, as successful the trials were, the T-34-100 never entered full production as World War II was coming to an end, with the Red Army already encircling Berlin as these tests were made. Plus, the development of newer tanks such as the T-44 would give the Red Army a new platform of upgrade flexibility, rather than continuing to use a pre-war design made in 1940.
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At the end of 1944, a newer 100 mm gun called the LB-1 was developed that had less recoil than the ZiS-100 and was proposed to be mounted onto the T-34 as well to eliminate the flaws the gun is doing onto the tank. But the gun was very long, extending 3 meters farther than the tank dimension itself. The T-34-100 mounting the LB-1 was tested in April 1945, firing tests and driving tests were conducted and it was found that the 100 mm LB-1 was much more accurate than its predecessors and did not affect the tank suspension as much. With a practical rate of fire of 5 rounds a minute, the firing rate for the calibre was a lot higher and gave the tank a much better firepower advantage when used. However, as successful the trials were, the T-34-100 never entered full production as World War II was coming to an end, with the Red Army already encircling Berlin as these tests were made. Plus, the development of newer tanks such as the T-44 would give the Red Army a new platform of upgrade flexibility, rather than continuing to use a pre-war design made in 1940.
  
 
The 100 mm will live on in the [[T-54 (1949)|T-54]], a tank derived from the [[T-44]] tank, and it would become the most numerous tank design in the world.
 
The 100 mm will live on in the [[T-54 (1949)|T-54]], a tank derived from the [[T-44]] tank, and it would become the most numerous tank design in the world.
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=== In-game description ===
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The T-34-100 medium tank was the last attempt to enhance the tank’s firepower while preserving its primary dynamic characteristics. Once the T-34-85 modification was armed it became clear that the T-34-85 could successfully go up against German heavy tanks when firing from an ambush or at close range, which had not always been possible. OKB #9 Factory #183 received the order to install a 100mm gun on the standard T-34-85 turret. Once they had begun drafting the project, the engineers quickly came to the conclusion that doing this while preserving the turret’s previous 1,600 mm drive was impossible.
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A test stand was built at the factory consisting of the power train and body of a T-34-85 and the turret of the experimental T-44 tank. Given that the turret’s drive was 1,700, the body still had to be rebuilt. In order to reduce the tank’s weight, the bow gun was removed, and the crew compliment was reduced by one. After all these modifications were complete the tank received the designation T-34-100.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==

Revision as of 13:35, 22 May 2019

T-34-100
ussr_t_34_100.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
6.7/6.7/6.7BR
4 peopleCrew
Mobility
33.0 tWeight
5 forward
1 back
Gear box
Armament
100 mm LB-1 cannonWeapon 1
50 roundsAmmunition
-3° / 18°Vertical guidance
1 890 roundsAmmunition
63 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
6 090 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 200/2 670/1 940Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
340 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
890 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.78 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the Soviet medium tank T-34-100. For other uses, see T-34 (Family).

Description

GarageImage T-34-100.jpg


The T-34-100' is a premium Rank IV Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel". The vehicle is that of a T-34 hull and chassis, but with a heavy emphasis in firepower with a 100 mm LB-1 gun as its main armament. This gun is equivalent to those on the SU-100 and the T-54 series. Thus, while suffering from a now obsolete armour thickness, it has the firepower needed to compete on an SF-SF - "see first, shoot first" basis. It costs 6,090 Golden Eagles

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Turret roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret, Driver's hatch)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 45 mm (60°) Front glacis
45 mm (55°) Lower glacis
75 mm (60°) Driver's hatch
45 mm (40-41°) Top
45 mm Bottom
45 mm (48-50°) Top
45 mm (48°) Bottom
20 mm
Turret 90 mm (2-65°) Turret front
90 mm (3-69°) Gun mantlet
75 mm (15-16°) Front 2/3rd
52 mm (10-11°) Rear 1/3rd
52 mm (11-13°) 20 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 90 mm 20 mm

Notes:

  • Suspensions wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
33.0 N/A 61 (AB)
55 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 775 954
Realistic/Simulator 442 500
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 23.48 28.91
Realistic/Simulator 13.39 15.15

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: LB-1 (100 mm)
100 mm LB-1
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
50 -3°/+18° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 14.9 20.6 __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 14.9 17.5 __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
15.00 __.__ __.__ __.__
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
BR-412 APHE 210 208 188 164 144 126
BR-412B APHEBC 215 212 197 167 146 128
BR-412D APCBC 240 235 211 185 161 141
OF-412 HE 19 19 19 19 19 19
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
BR-412 APHE 895 16 1.2 15 110.5 -1° 47° 60° 65°
BR-412B APHEBC 895 16 1.2 15 110.5 +4° 48° 63° 71°
BR-412D APCBC 887 16 1.2 15 103.7 +4° 48° 63° 71°
OF-412 HE 880 15 0.1 0.5 1,460 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Smoke characteristic
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
3D3 880 16 20 5 25 272
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the T-34-100.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
50 38 (+12) (+49) yes

Turret empty: 38 (+12)

Machine guns

Main article: DT (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm DT
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
1,890 (63) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in the battles

The T-34-100 retains the mobility and agility of the T-34-85 and combines it with a gun comparable to that of the German KwK 43 8.8 cm gun mounted on tanks like the Tiger II and Ferdinand. The T-34-100 Has very poor armour, it is unlikely to protect the crew from artillery fire, let alone other tanks. The 100mm gun is very effective even at a great distance and it is strongly advised to use this tank's powerful gun and good agility as an advantage. The T-34-100 should be played with a very similar strategy to the PT-76B, using speed, agility, and firepower to 'shoot and scoot' or flank the enemy early in the game.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent speed and agility
  • Powerful 100mm Gun
  • Rear Mounted Transmission
  • Earns more RP/Lions

Cons:

  • Out armoured at its 6.7 BR rating
  • Higher Profile than other T-34s
  • Bad Gun Depression
  • Armour is extremely poor
  • Tank cannot compete with other 6.7 tanks very well due to thin armour.

History

The T-34

Issued in large numbers in 1940, the T-34 became largely known as one of the best medium tanks of World War II. At its introduction, there was nothing comparable in any other army in the World, the Germans were still with their Panzer IIIs and Panzer IVs while the Americans had access to their inter-war period M2 medium tank and M3 Stuart light tanks. The T-34 featured a frontal armour plate of 45 mm thick but sloped at 60 degrees to create a 90 mm effective armour, a lot more than its contemporaries. The addition of a 76.2 mm gun also gave the T-34 a much better firepower advantage than other tanks as well. Its superiority in armour, mobility, and firepower caught the Germans by surprise when Operation Barbarossa was launched, and they found that many of their anti-tank weapons available were unable to destroy the T-34. However, poor unit coordination and crew training with the T-34 gave them little opportunities to be used in the most efficient way possible against the Germans.

By 1943, however, with the T-34 shock over in Germany, they had been developing better anti-tank weapons to fight back the T-34 such as the high-velocity Pak 40 anti-tank gun. They also upgraded their current tank arsenal with better guns, such as giving the Panzer IV a 7.5 cm KwK 40 cannon that could penetrate the T-34. Not only that, the introduction of heavier, more armoured tanks such as the Panthers and Tigers with much better guns could not only take out the T-34 at long ranges, but are also immune to the 76.2 mm gun from anywhere except in really close ranges or onto the sides. This lack in firepower the T-34 experienced made the Soviet High Command advocate for an upgrade in the T-34, and after adapting an aircraft gun and a turret from a cancelled project, it was called the T-34-85, which had a 85 mm gun. The upgraded gun gave the T-34 a much-needed boost in firepower that it lacked in the later part of World War II, and this model became the standard T-34 until the end of the war.

Development

In 1944, it was widely believed that the T-34-85 was still inferior to German tanks such as the Panther and attempts were made to up-gun the tank. First was the attempt by Factory No.192 to mount a higher powered 85 mm gun (dubbed the ZiS-85-BM) onto the T-34 in September 1944, but this proved a failure in trials. The second was in October 1944 where Factory "Bolshevik" develop another high-powered 85 mm gun called V-5 and V-9K, but this also proved a failure when it is unable to keep with the 88 mm gun on the Tiger II. This development then proceeded more ambitiously to a bigger gun. It was decided that the gun would be a 100 mm calibre and the task for this adaption fell to Plant No. 9 and No. 183 in July 1944. But findings say that the turret ring on the T-34-85 was not enough to mount the 100 mm cannon, and attempting to enlarge the turret ring for the IS-2 turret to 1,800 mm was impossible. It fell to A. Savinov from Factory No.92 to adapt the 100 mm gun onto the T-34-85's turret, but trials found that this improvisation was not successful due to the excessive weight of the gun.

The design bureaus continued their research, now working alongside the development of the T-44 tank. A solution was to create a somewhat "hybrid" of a vehicle between the T-34 and the T-44, which resulted in a larger turret ring of 1,700 mm and other changes to the T-34 suspension to make it more durable. The turret could hold the 100 mm cannon and all the modifications made the vehicle weigh about 33 tons. This vehicle was designated the T-34-100. Trials with this gun in early 1945 using both the 100 mm ZiS-100 and the D-10T (from the SU-100) showed that the vehicle was relatively successful, even if accuracy was not the best and that the gun put a strain onto the suspensions when fired. However, the Red Army like this vehicle and pushed for further development to eliminate most of the flaws the tank is associated with.

At the end of 1944, a newer 100 mm gun called the LB-1 was developed that had less recoil than the ZiS-100 and was proposed to be mounted onto the T-34 as well to eliminate the flaws the gun is doing onto the tank. But the gun was very long, extending 3 meters farther than the tank dimension itself. The T-34-100 mounting the LB-1 was tested in April 1945, firing tests and driving tests were conducted and it was found that the 100 mm LB-1 was much more accurate than its predecessors and did not affect the tank suspension as much. With a practical rate of fire of 5 rounds a minute, the firing rate for the calibre was a lot higher and gave the tank a much better firepower advantage when used. However, as successful the trials were, the T-34-100 never entered full production as World War II was coming to an end, with the Red Army already encircling Berlin as these tests were made. Plus, the development of newer tanks such as the T-44 would give the Red Army a new platform of upgrade flexibility, rather than continuing to use a pre-war design made in 1940.

The 100 mm will live on in the T-54, a tank derived from the T-44 tank, and it would become the most numerous tank design in the world.

In-game description

The T-34-100 medium tank was the last attempt to enhance the tank’s firepower while preserving its primary dynamic characteristics. Once the T-34-85 modification was armed it became clear that the T-34-85 could successfully go up against German heavy tanks when firing from an ambush or at close range, which had not always been possible. OKB #9 Factory #183 received the order to install a 100mm gun on the standard T-34-85 turret. Once they had begun drafting the project, the engineers quickly came to the conclusion that doing this while preserving the turret’s previous 1,600 mm drive was impossible.

A test stand was built at the factory consisting of the power train and body of a T-34-85 and the turret of the experimental T-44 tank. Given that the turret’s drive was 1,700, the body still had to be rebuilt. In order to reduce the tank’s weight, the bow gun was removed, and the crew compliment was reduced by one. After all these modifications were complete the tank received the designation T-34-100.

Media

An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

Read also

Sources

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.


USSR medium tanks
T-28  T-28 · T-28E
T-34-76  T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1940) · T-34 (1941) · T-34 1941 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-34 (1942) · T-34E STZ · T-34E
T-34-57  T-34-57 · T-34-57 (1943)
T-34-85  T-34-85 (D-5T) · T-34-85 · T-34-85E
T-34-100  T-34-100
T-44  T-44 · T-44-100 · T-44-122
T-54  T-54 (1947) · T-54 (1949) · T-54 (1951)
T-55  T-55A · T-55AM-1
T-62  T-62 · T-62M-1 · IT-1
T-64  T-64A (1971) · T-64B
T-72  T-72A
T-80  T-80B · T-80U
Others  Shturm-S
Trophies/Lend-Lease  ▂T-III · ▂T-V · ▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2

USSR premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26E · T-126(SP) · RBT-5 · BT-7 (F-32)
Medium tanks  ▂T-III · ▂M3 Medium · "Panther" · ▂M4A2 (76) W · T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 1941 (1st Gv.T.Br.)
  T-34E · T-34-57 (1943) · T-34-85E · T-34-100 · T-44-122 · T-55AM-1
Heavy tanks  ▂MK-II "Matilda" · T-35 · SMK · KV-1E · KV-122 · KV-220 · KV-2 (1940) · KV-2 (ZiS-6) · IS-2 "Revenge for the Hero brother" · IS-6
Tank destroyers  SU-57 · SU-85A · BM-8-24 · BM-13N · SU-76M (5th Guards Cavalry Corps) · SU-100Y · SU-122P · Object 120 "Taran"
Anti-aircraft  ZUT-37 · ▂Type 65