Forces of Valor 80068 Russian T-34/85 Medium Tank - 22nd Guards Armored Brigade, 5th Guards Armored Corps, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1945 (1:32 Scale)
"By powerful artillery fire, air strikes, and a wave of attacking tanks, we're supposed to swiftly crush the enemy."
- Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov
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.
Pictured here is a 1:32 scale replica of a Russian T-34/85 medium tank that was deployed to Prague, Czechoslovakia, during May 1945. Sold Out!
Length: 9.5 inches
Width: 3.25 inches
Height: 3 inches
Release Date: August 2012
Historical Account "The Final Battle" - The Prague Offensive was the last major Soviet operation of World War II in Europe. The offensive, and the battle for Prague, was fought on the Eastern Front from May 6th to 11th, 1945. This battle for the city is particularly noteworthy in that it ended after the Third Reich capitulated on May 8th, 1945. This battle is also noteworthy in that it was fought concurrently with the Prague Uprising.
The city of Prague was ultimately captured by the USSR during the Prague Offensive. All of the German troops of Army Group Centre (Heeresgruppe Mitte) were killed or captured. The capitulation of Army Group Centre was nine days after the fall of Berlin and three days after Victory in Europe Day.