OT-26 Flamethrower Tank

The OT-26 was the first of a series of flamethrower tanks based on the T-26 light tank. It was produced by mounting a Model 1933 flame-thrower in the right hand turret of the twin turreted T-26 Model 1931. In early examples the second turret was retained, but it was then removed to make more space for fuel for the flame thrower. The OT-26 was used by chemical tank battalions, and the 1935 mechanized corps were meant to have 52 each. The flame thrower had a range of 25m. The short range of the Model 1933 flame-thrower made the OT-26 very vulnerable in combat.

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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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (12 September 2008), OT-26 Flamethrower Tank , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_OT-26.html

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