T-34-57 (1943)

From War Thunder Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Rank VI USA | Premium | Golden Eagles
A-10A Thunderbolt (Early)
This page is about the Soviet medium tank T-34-57 (1943). For other versions, see T-34 (Family).
T-34-57 (1943)
GarageImage T-34-57 (1943).jpg
ArtImage T-34-57 (1943).png
T-34-57 (1943)
4.7 4.7 4.7
Purchase:1 750 Specs-Card-Eagle.png
Show in game


The T-34-57 (1943) (nickname: exterminator) is a fourth and late experimental variant of the T-34 medium tank family. Despite the fact that production of the T-34-57 early experimental variant was cancelled in September after only ten units had been produced, the Red Army was still highly interested in mounting a 57 mm (2.25 in) gun on T-34 tanks. The project was restarted in 1943. The Zavod imeni Stalina (ZiS) 4M (improved ZIS-4 tank gun) tank gun was placed in a T-34 (1943) variant tank with a hexagonal turret this time. This tank was dispatched to the front with the "Special Tank Company 100" on August 15, 1943, but it never saw combat. Following this, the 57 mm (2.25 in) gun design was abandoned because the new 85 mm D-5 (3.35 in) tank gun was already in production, resulting in the T-34-85 (D-5T) variant.

Introduced in the Closed Beta Test for Ground Forces before Update 1.41, the premium T-34-57 (1943) late experimental variant performs similarly to the T-34-57 early experimental variant, with the exception of a newer 57 mm ZiS-4M tank gun. It also has access to late-war armour-piercing composite rigid (APCR) ammo, which allows it to fight more strongly armoured adversaries. Players may have to fire numerous rounds to defeat an enemy tank due to the smaller calibre of the 57 mm ZiS-4M tank gun. The T-34-57 (1943) late experimental variant resembles the T-34 (1942) variant in appearance, as both have the same hexagonal turret. This type of turret configuration improves crew ergonomics, however, it is not well reflected in the game. Players who have previously experienced the T-34-57 early experimental variant should have little trouble adjusting to this tank.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull45 / 45 / 40
Turret53 / 53 / 53
Crew4 people
Visibility83 %

There are quite a few differences between the T-34-57 (1943) and the regular tech tree T-34-57. The T-34-57 (1943) has the body of the regular tech tree T-34 (1942) from a lower battle rating. The T-34-57 (1943) gets 20 mm more armour on the drivers hatch, an extra 30 mm on the hull machine gun port with an angle increase. The T-34-57 (1943) also gets an extra 8 mm more armour and slightly less of an angle on the front (9° less angled), sides (up to 13° less angled) and rear (11°-12° less angled) of the turret when compared to the regular T-34-57. The gun mantlet also gets a small buff with up to 20° more angle in some places.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Gun mantlet, Roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret, Machine gun port, Driver's hatch)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 45 mm (61°) Front glacis
99 mm (5-35°) Welded joint
45 mm (52°) Lower glacis
65 mm (1-73°) Machine gun port
75 mm (60°) Driver port
40 mm (40°) Top
45 mm (0°) Lower
40 mm (47-49°) Top
40 mm (47°) Bottom
16 mm
Turret 53 mm (3-58°) Turret front
45 mm (2-78°) Gun mantlet
53 mm (21-22°) 53 mm (18-20°) 15 mm


  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.


Speedforward / back
AB55 / 8 km/h
RB and SB49 / 7 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
1 back
Weight30.0 t
Engine power
AB954 hp
RB and SB500 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB31.8 hp/t
RB and SB16.7 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 55 8 30 775 954 25.83 31.8
Realistic 49 7 442 500 14.73 16.67

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 056 Sl icon.png
RB1 264 Sl icon.png
SB1 569 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts210 000 Sl icon.png
Aces550 Ge icon.png
Research Aces790 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 80 / 130 / 160 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 154 / 154 / 154 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Improved Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
Improved FPE
Mods tank reinforcement ussr.png
Crew Replenishment
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods tank ammo.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Mods tank ammo.png


Main armament

Ammunition100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
6.5 → 5.0 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 28°
Main article: ZIS-4M (57 mm)

The T-34-57 (1943) and the regular tech tree T-34-57 both have similar 57 mm cannons. The tech tree T-34-57 has the regular 57 mm ZIS-4 cannon whereas the T-34-57 (1943) uses the modified ZIS-4M cannon which allows it to fire an APCR round with up to 32 mm better penetration at less than 500 m away than the other APHE and APHEBC rounds that also come with the ZIS-4.

57 mm ZIS-4M Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 100 -5°/+28° ±180° N/A 23.8 32.9 40.0 44.2 47.1 6.50 5.75 5.30 5.00
Realistic 14.9 17.5 21.3 23.5 25.0


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
BR-271 APHEBC 145 142 128 112 98 86
BR-271K APHE 145 140 118 95 77 63
O-271 HE 12 12 10 8 6 5
BR-271P APCR 177 167 131 96 71 52
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
BR-271 APHEBC 990 3.14 1.2 9 21.56 48° 63° 71°
BR-271K APHE 990 3.14 1.2 9 27.72 47° 60° 65°
O-271 HE 700 3.72 0.4 0.1 220 79° 80° 81°
BR-271P APCR 1,270 1.79 - - - 66° 70° 72°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the T-34-57 (1943)
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
100 95 (+5) 89 (+11) 83 (+17) 77 (+23) (+99) Yes

Turret empty: 77 (+23)

Machine guns

Ammunition1 890 rounds
Belt capacity63 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: DT (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm DT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1,890 (63) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

This tank is a brawler, suitable to fight in close range combat, especially the urban map. But thanks to the high velocity of 57 mm gun (990 m/s), it is possible to snipe enemy tank easily on long-range maps.

  • As a brawler: shoot-and-scoot is its main tactic. Camp in the city, watch for the enemy tank, shoot it then reverse to hiding place. Remember to watch both sides before crossing the street (watch out for snipers in maps like Poland and Eastern Europe), ANGLE THE ARMOUR. If the armour is angled correctly without showing the sides, it could cause a lot of trouble for enemies trying to penetrate the armour.
  • As a sniper: use binocular and range finder (check the Option => tank control => binocular, range finder). If the enemy shows their side or rear, shoot it. Compensate the shell drop for better accuracy.

The T-34-57 (1943) really shines In open maps, use your good mobility to flank and catch unsuspecting enemies. Moving from cover to cover is essential, as your armour, although well sloped, will not be able to withstand most shells at this battle rating. Don't let the enemy catch you unangled, or you will be killed immediately. In urban maps, look around the streets (press and hold the button "c" to look around) before crossing. Your quick reload speed and high penetrating gun will allow you to react to surprise attacks around the corner. Although the 57 mm gun has little post-penetration damage, it makes up for this in high penetration and a quick reload speed. The 57 mm cannon has very good ballistics and penetration, and is good for medium to long range sniping.

Pretty much any tank can be penetrated by the 57 mm gun at this tier, but there are a few enemies worth noting.

M4A3E2 Jumbo - This tank is a bane at this BR. Its turret and front plate are almost impossible to penetrate without APCR, and its gun can easily penetrate your armour (especially your turret ring). Avoid engaging a Jumbo from the front and flank it if possible. The side armour is much weaker (in particular the bottom part). If you find yourself backed into a corner, you can try and aim for the machine gun port in the hull. The explosive power of the 57 mm isn't great, but penetrating this point means that you can at least cripple the Jumbo and make your escape.

Panzer IV variants with 75 mm KwK 40 L/43 or L/48 guns - These tanks are common at this tier and they can easily take you out with their powerful 75 mm guns. However, they are easy to take out if you get the jump on them. Your high penetration 57 mm gun can slice through their armour at any range.

8,8 cm Flak 37 Sfl. - The flak truck can destroy you at seriously long range, whilst its thin armour and large size makes it very hard to effectively damage. Your rounds may simply pass straight through and not cause any damage. The best way to take one out is by aiming for the large ammo box at the back of the vehicle, which will explode when hit. The crew members are also very exposed on the Flak.

Pros and cons


  • 1942 hull and turret, taking away driver's hatch weak spot in first T-34-57
  • Relatively high penetration for the calibre and rank
  • High gun muzzle velocity (990 m/s), suitable for sniping
  • Unlike its non-premium counterpart, it can carry a high-penetrating APCR round
  • Good mobility and speed, just like all of the previous T-34 series


  • Has the same hull armour as previous revisions
  • Small gun calibre may have trouble knocking out enemies with a single shot
  • Turret armour isn't sufficient at Rank III, due to other countries' tank high penetration
  • Poor gun depression of only -5 degrees makes it ineffective in hilly and mountainous terrain



As far back as the summer of 1940, an attempt to improve the anti-tank gun inventory in Soviet service was undertaken. This was due to only having massive stocks of underpowered 45 mm anti-tank cannons available, which were becoming obsolete with the newer armour being used by the Soviet Union's adversaries. When the request for an improved anti-tank cannon was sent out, a design bureau headed by V. G. Grabin was already underway under the name 57 mm ZiS-2 anti-tank gun. The 57 mm was a very powerful anti-tank weapon due to its high penetration value with the high-velocity shells. The APCBC round available under the name BR-271 was able to penetrate 93 mm of armour when fired 100 m away at a meet angle of 60 degrees. The first of the prototypes were created in the September of 1940, and it as later approved for production on June 1, 1941. However, this was stopped on December 1 due to beliefs that the high-velocity 57 mm shells would simply penetrate straight through tanks without causing damage or that it was a high-cost weapon. The production lines were then switched to produce the 76.2 mm ZiS-3 guns.

It was during its production life before being cancelled that the 57 mm gun was attached to a T-34 as a main armament in April 1941. However, the trials on this armament showed a lack of accuracy and short barrel life. Then in July, an improved variant of the 57 mm called the ZiS-4 was installed onto the T-34 and tested again. This variant turned out to be successful and the gun was recommended for installation on certain T-34 units, despite the high cost of the ZiS-4. The T-34 with the 57 mm was redesignated the T-34-57 and had the purpose of being "tank-hunters" due to the higher penetration value of the 57 mm compared to the default T-34 76.2 mm armament. The 57 mm ZiS-4 gun was produced at the Artillery Factory #92 and were mounted on various T-34s. However, the stop of all 57 mm production on December 1941 also stopped the 57 mm ZiS-4 production, thus halting the T-34-57 production with only 133 ZiS-4 guns made in the production life.


The 57 mm guns were revived in 1943 due to urgent needs for much better guns against the newer German tanks. The current 76.2 mm F-34 gun on the normal T-34s were unable to defeat the newer German Tiger I and Panther tanks. In a desperate attempt to upgrade the T-34 to compete against these tanks, the 57 mm was reinstated for production and began being issued in May 1943, these models being the T-34-57 mod. 1943 due to the upgraded armament. The ZiS-4 was upgraded to the ZiS-4M with simplified parts and standardization in parts from current existing artillery pieces such as the F-34 and the ZiS-2. These T-34-57s saw further action against the Axis until they were retired. In total, about less than 324 T-34-57s were made during its production life in 1941 and 1943.

Combat usage

The T-34-57 made in 1941 saw action during the Battle of Moscow in small quantities. The 21st Tank Brigade has 10 of such tanks in their units and were deployed on October 14. Though the brigade was able to cause massive damage to the German lines around Kalinin but ended with all of the T-34-57 destroyed by November 25. Other units using the T-34-57 were the 8th Tank Brigade on October 19. Afterwards came the deactivation of the 57 mm from the production line at the end of 1941, but the T-34-57s were revitalized again in 1943 to counter the newer German tanks. These tanks were used as "tank-hunters" and formed "Special Tank Company 100" with three T-34-57 in its first platoon to deal with German tanks. Despite their role, the company would only meet German tanks once in its life, and the first platoon was never used. Thus, the T-34-57 was never really able to prove their efficiency against active German tanks, though the unit would praise the gun's performance in practices against pillboxes, bunkers, and knocked out German tanks. All the T-34-57s were disbanded with the retirement of the 57 mm as a tank gun. This was due to its small HE shell available that made it an inadequate tank armament against softer targets, and also the introduction of the much bigger and better 85 mm tank gun on the newer T-34-85.

Archive of the in-game description

In 1943, the new PzKpfw VI Tiger German heavy tank began to see more and more use on the Eastern front. This caused the ZiS-4 cannon with its powerful penetration properties to come under consideration again. It was extremely difficult to destroy a Tiger using a standard 76 mm F-34 tank gun, and the heavy tank's frontal armour was completely impenetrable to it. So before long, the order was given to restart mass production of the T-34-57 tank destroyers.

In May 1943, the tank was put into service again. This time, the modified ZiS-4M cannon was used, which differed from the ZiS-4 in its unified breech mechanism, simpler semi-automatic mode and modified attachment of the coupling in the weapon's cradle. A more powerful shell was also developed which could penetrate 96 mm thick armour at a range of 1,000 m. However, this shell severely affected the weapon's durability, and several cases were recorded of gun barrels swelling. Soon after a small number of them were produced, they were taken out of service and withdrawn from operational use. The low quality of the 57 mm ZiS-4M tank cannon's fragmentation shells proved to be a serious drawback.

The modernised T-34-57 tanks were not put into mass production, and after a few vehicles were produced, the decision was taken to stop manufacturing them.

Three T-34-57s built using mass-produced T-34 Mod. 1942 tanks made by the Chelyabinsk factory were sent to the front to serve in the 100th Special Tank Division. The tanks were tested on the front from the 15th of August to the 5th of September, but did not excel in battle, so they were kept in reserve.



See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

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

Kharkov Design Bureau for Mechanical Engineering named after A. A. Morozov
Light Tanks 
BT-5  BT-5 · RBT-5
BT-7  BT-7 · BT-7M · BT-7A (F-32)
Medium Tanks 
T-34-76  T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1940) · T-34 (1941) · T-34 (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
Main Battle Tanks 
T-54  T-54 (1947) · T-54 (1949) · T-54 (1951)
T-64  T-64A (1971) · T-64B
T-34  ▀T 34 747 (r) · ␗T-34 (1943) · ␗Т-34-85 (S-53)
See Also  Uralmashzavod · Uralvagonzavod

USSR medium tanks
T-28  T-28 (1938) · T-28 · T-28E
T-34-76  T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1940) · T-34 (1941) · T-34 (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  TO-55 · T-55A · T-55AM-1 · T-55AMD-1
T-62  T-62 · T-62M-1
T-64  Object 435 · T-64A (1971) · T-64B
T-72  T-72A · T-72AV (TURMS-T) · T-72B · T-72B (1989) · T-72B3 · T-72M2 Moderna
T-80  T-80B · T-80U · T-80UD · T-80UK · T-80UM2 · T-80BVM · Object 292
T-90  Т-90А · T-90M
Germany  ▂T-III · ▂T-V
Great Britain  ▂МК-IX "Valentine"
USA  ▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2

USSR premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  BA-11 · RBT-5 · BT-7A (F-32) · T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26E · T-126 · PT-76-57 · 2S38
Medium tanks  T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-34E · T-34-57 (1943) · T-34-85E · T-34-100 · T-44-122 · TO-55 · T-55AM-1 · T-72AV (TURMS-T) · T-80UD
  ▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2 · ▂T-III · ▂T-V · ▂МК-IX "Valentine"
Heavy tanks  SMK · T-35 · ▂MK-II "Matilda" · KV-1E · KV-2 (1940) · KV-2 (ZiS-6) · KV-122 · KV-220 · IS-2 "Revenge" · Object 248 · IS-6 · T-10A
Tank destroyers  BM-8-24 · BM-13N · BM-31-12
  SU-57 · SU-76D · SU-76M (5th Gv.Kav.Corps) · SU-85A · SU-100Y · SU-122P · Object 120
SPAA  ▂Phòng không T-34 · ZUT-37