This branch of the Russian tree is a horrible grind and will take ages. I only have the T-34-85 so far and still 30k left until I can research the T-43. For the EU servers the day ends at 2:00 a.m. next day (were I live) so it was tuesday already. /edit: But that doesn't explains the "17. April" right? Seems we got the bonus on monday, too.
Oh gawd it is. Not only slow but it seems I keep getting put up against armor that can arse rape me two ways from Sunday. And I'm sure it amusing for the enemy tanks to watch my shots plink on their armor. Well at least I'm already half way to getting the KV. Maybe I too will one day wield the derp cannon. Kind of frustrated by the slow progress so I decided to get a loltraktor. Had some fun on it actually. Played 3 games before I had everything maxed and traded up for the Panzer II and Pzkfw35(t). Once I put a decent engine on the Pzkfw35(t) that thing was fun! While all the little nublets are running around with little flak guns I was popping shots off at them at a distance with the 3,7cm gun. Their guns do little or no damage at range while I get good solid hits and even a few one hit kills. This is my best game ever on any tank: Would have been higher but the nublets kept swooping in to take my kills......
"Masters" so far - T49, S-51, M7 Priest, PanzerjagerI and JagdPanther.
It depends on enemy' team stupidness anyway. All these badges were totally unexpected by me, and I didn't anything extraordinary in those battles. Not to mention that those tanks are not my favorites (well, except T49 and Priest, despite the latter being a horrible plink-machine I just love it for some reason)