T-26 Model 1931 Light Tank

T-26 Model 1931 Light Tank
A T-26 Model 1931 Light Tank, showing the two turrets. This would appear to be a command tank, with a heavier gun in the right turret. Also note the large amounts of rivets on the front of the hull and superstructure, a feature removed in later versions of the tank.
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 (11 September 2008), T-26 Model 1931 Light Tank, http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_t-26_model_1931.html

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