For those who are interested the information on the Aberdeen T-34 evaluation and more analysis on the poor reliability of the V-2 engine can be found in ‘Tankovy udar. Sovetskie tanki v boyakh. 1942-1943’ pages 365 onwards.
In regards to the T-34; in my somewhat uneducated opinion I'll say this:
It was an amazing tank in many ways, not because of the way it stood out in any one particular area - but because of the balance of various sorts of characteristics that it brought under one roof so to speak. It's the direct precursor of the world's first MBT. Very strong armour, powerful main gun, excellent mobility and cross-country capability, etc... in the early years of the war there was simply no equal German tank, and as mentioned by people here - with various modifications and upgrades it never really became obsolete - it stayed in service right to the end of the war and beyond; much like the Sherman - another very good tank. German general after German general expressed his respect and relayed the fears of his soldiers of this specific tank - that's got to say something.
It suffered from the fact that it was a tank that was suited for an experienced and well-trained crew. The fact is that as mentioned by Jippo and others; it had:
1. poor visibility
2. no radio-set for communication
3. extra strain on the tank commander
NOW, these 3 things would not be critical disadvantages for an experienced, well-trained crew - they could overcome all of these problems, they would already all have a good idea of the tactics they would employ together with the rest of their company when they come under fire, so lack of communication would not be such a problem, etc...
But those were not the sort of tank crews that were being pumped out by a desperate USSR in the early years of the war with barely any training, practice in co-ordination with other tanks in their company and so on; these disadvantages must of been fairly devastating in many circumstances for such ill-trained tank crews.
I'm tired of writing the same things over and over. The information available is enough for everyone to form their own opinion.
The T-34 had poor performance because of its christie suspension and according to the Russian book mainly due to the lack of shock absorbers.
According to the same source limit of cross country speed was 25km/h. The German test shows the T-34 being dangerous after 25 km/h and having the worst stability characteristics.
The T-34M and T-43 had torsion bar suspension.
You of course deliberately omit the fact that this was solved in T-34-85 with addition of new 5shift gear box. Hey, when you was talking about main differences of T-34-85 to early models, you even didn't mention the entire new gear box, which solved many problems for the driver and mechanics... or maybe you think that it was just so not important that it shouldn't been even mentioned? The ingenuity of Soviet engineers is that they made that new 5-shifts gear box totally interchangeable with the old one. So, if repair crews on the field had a shortage of new gearboxes they could stick an old one in it, or vice-versa. It is written in same book... but you of course close your eyes on such things.
You of course deliberately omit the fact that this was happening only on the flat surface. Cause on going up the hill on the 1st gear T-34 was outrunning Sherman (and of course heavy German tanks) just fine.
You omit the fact that heavy German tanks couldn't even dream of driving 25km/h off road.
What do you want to prove actually? That T-34 built in late-41, early-42 were the worst of T-34 FoV? Do you think you that discovered America?
"The T-34 was to the Russians what the Spitfire was to the British: An essential element in national survival."
You wrote a blog text and posted it in here expecting us to go parading around you pumping your ego. We told you it is poorly written, shallow and incorrect & your ego couldn't take it. What you forgot when writing in here is the fact that there are many professionals here who do in fact know things like tanks inside and out. Your text comes across as a nerdy highschool project that is semi ambitious because you clearly dug up a old document. Too bad you do not understand it and draw wrong conclusions from it.I'm tired of you guys. First the T-34 is 'best tank in universe'. When i bring information from German sources showing it to be **** you yell and insult... When i bring Russian sources and there are no excuses then it's 'public knowledge'. Give me a f*****g break!
Even the Sherman wiped the floor with the T-34 which i have to say i did not expect!
For example T-34 tested in 1942= crap engine filter, T-34/85 built postwar= crap engine filter
I'm sorry but people have eyes and brains. Anyone here can check the sources.