Apart from adding the new information in my original piece I’ve written down some interesting statements on the T-34 from various sources:
For example the T-34’s reliability in early 1944:
‘We did not have many tanks left, and even those that remained had already used up their engine lifetime and were constantly breaking down. The tank that I was on with my soldiers also broke down. After a day-long stop in a village (we were already in the Western Ukraine), our tank stopped and would not move on. The battalion commander ordered us to stay with the tank and wait for it to be repaired. A day passed by and in the morning the tank crew told us that the breakdown was serious and we were stuck for a long time. I decided not to wait for the completion of the repairs, but to catch up with the battalion on foot.’
I’m also waiting for ‘Panzer Tracts, # 19-2 - Beute-Panzerkampfwagen’ as apparently it has reports of German use of captured T-34’s and some of the statements include:
‘Regardless of our limited experience. it can be stated that the Russian tanks are not suitable for long road marches and high speeds. It has turned out that the highest speed that can he achieved is 10 to 12 km/h: It is also necessary on marches to halt every half-hour for at least 15 to 20 minutes to let the machine cool down’
If you’re interested in the real performance of the T-34 enjoy!