Dragon DRA60149 Russian T-34/76 Medium Tank - 1st Moscow Motorized Rifle Division, July 1941 (1:72 Scale)
"We have only to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down."
- Adolf Hitler, commenting on the imminent German invasion of Russia in 1941
The first generation T-34 medium tank made its debut in combat during the summer of 1941, when the Wehrmacht launched its invasion of the Soviet Union. The T-34 easily outclassed the German PzKpfw III and IV models, thanks to its hard-hitting 76.2mm main gun, thick frontal armor, wide tracks, and overall superior mobility. The first T-34s were assembled at Kharkov, Leningrad, and Stalingrad, then moved behind the Ural mountains when the German advance encircled Leningrad, overran Kharkov, and invested the "City of Stalin". Legend has it that some T-34s rolled off the Stalingrad assembly line unpainted and even unfinished to prevent the Nazi invaders from capturing the city.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a T-34/76 medium tank is painted in a mottled summer camouflage scheme and was attached to the 1st Moscow Motorized Rifle Division, which was defending the Capitol in July 1941. Comes with grassy display base. Sold Out!
Length: 3.5 inches
Width: 1.5 inches
Release Date: June 2005
Historical Account: "When September Ends" - The German forces regrouped for an assault on Moscow in mid-September and formal operations began on September 30th. In the intervening eight weeks since Army Group Center had last taken the offensive, the Soviets had built-up their forces on the Moscow axis and prepared yet another strong defensive position before the Capitol. Unfortunately, they failed to stop the German offensive. A new series of encirclements ensued and a further 600,000 Soviet troops along with a substantial amount of equipment were lost before the German offensive came to a temporary halt on October 30th. Weather and logistical difficulties were the foremost reasons for this break in the German offensive, not the Soviet host. But the battle experience also suggested that Soviet resistance was not broken before Moscow as the Germans would soon learn during the upcoming Operation Typhoon.