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Question 1 of 8
T-34 crews frequently received their tanks from the people who paid for the vehicle.
... A bond between civilian, factory worker and front-line soldier added to the tank’s mystique. Crews could be recalled from the front lines in order to be presented with a tank paid for by proud civic groups.
Question 2 of 8
No tank could compare with the firepower and raw tonnage of the Soviet-made T-34.
... The German Panzerkampfwagen (Pz.Kpfw) V Panther was actually a better tank, but the Soviets were able to make eight times as many T-34s.
Question 3 of 8
The T-34 was one of the first tanks to employ sloped armor.
... The T-34’s rounded and sloped armor offered more protection from attack.
Question 4 of 8
Who designed the T-34 tank?
... Before the T-34 could be approved for production, Stalin needed to see it. Koshkin got sick on the long cold ride from Kharkov Locomotive Works in Ukraine to Moscow and died shortly after. He never saw his tank become famous.
Question 5 of 8
How did the T-34 get its name?
... The 34 in T-34 commemorates the year designer Mikhail Koshkin first began to put together his ideas on a new kind of tank.
Question 6 of 8
The first version of the T-34 hit the battlefield in 1941. What was the major weakness of this first version?
... More than half of the T-34s lost in that first summer were casualties of breakdowns rather than German fire. The mechanical troubles were eventually sorted out.
Question 7 of 8
The T-34 was nicknamed the “doorknocker.”
... It was actually the Germans' Pak 36 anti-tank gun that was called the doorknocker. It earned the nickname because it was too weak to penetrate armor and instead only “knocked” at a tank.
Question 8 of 8
About how many T-34 tanks were produced between 1940 and 1945?
... The USSR was able to produce T-34s in a seemingly endless stream. Between 1940 and 1945, some 40,000 T-34 tanks were built.