OT-133 Flamethrower Tank
The OT-133 was the third of a series of flame thrower tanks based on the T-26 light tank, and was built around the improved T-26S. The OT-133 carried the same Model 1938 flame thrower as the OT-130, which gave it a normal range of 45-50 metres. The turret of the T-26S was moved to the right to make space for more fuel tanks in the hull. Like the OT-130 the OT-133 was used during the Winter War against Finland, where the short range of the flame thrower and the lack of any other armament made it very vulnerable.
| Russian Tanks of World War II, Stalin's Armoured Might, Tim Bean and Will Fowler. A good overview of the development of Soviet Tanks from the early models based on British and American originals to the excellent Russian designed T-34 and the heavy IS tanks. Bean and Fowler also look at the development of Soviet tank doctrine, the impact of Stalin's purges on the tank forces, and their use in combat from the small-scale clashes in the Far East to the apocalyptic fighting on the Eastern Front between 1941-45. A little lacking on precise details of the sub-variants of some of the tanks, but otherwise very good.
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Rickard, J (12 September 2008), OT-133 Flamethrower Tank , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_OT-133.html