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T-34/85M Platoon (AARBX03)

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includes three T-34/85M tanks, three plastic component sprues, one Tank commander sprue, three AA MGs & six Rare earth magnets.

Egypt, as a former British protectorate, received military assistance and equipment from Great Britain after World War II. However, following the 1952 revolution, the United Arab Republic (as Egypt became) pursued an anti-colonial policy which received enthusiastic support from the Soviet Union, including substantial quantities of military hardware.

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Fate Of A Nation
The fate of a nation hangs in the balance. Israel cannot lose even a single battle. One defeat would mean the destruction of the tiny Jewish state. Not waiting to be attacked by the Arab forces massing on its borders, Israel strikes first.

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Fate Of A Nation
T-34/85M Platoon (AARBX03)
By 1967, the United Arab Republic and Syrian inventories of armour were predominantly of Soviet origin. Initially, the most numerous tank was the T-34/85, one of the most common tanks in the world in the post-war era. Stocks came from Czechoslovakia which produced them until the late 1950s.

Retaining the robust mobility and sloped armour of the original T-34, with the added punch of a long 85mm gun, the T-34/85 was an capable vehicle and pointed the way to the main battle tank concept. Its overall performance was roughly equivalent to a 76mm-armed M1 Super Sherman, many of which were used by the Israelis.

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By the time of the 1967 war, the T-34/85 had been relegated to supporting the infantry divisions, but was still quite capable against lighter Israeli tanks, especially when supported by heavy tanks and tank destroyers.

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The T-34/85M in Fate Of A Nation
Equipment and Notes
T-34/85M Standard Tank 7 5
Co-ax MG, Hull MG.
85mm ZIS-53 gun 32"/80cm
2 12 3+
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The Soviet Union sold large numbers of T-34/85M tanks and a smaller number of IS-3M (Iosif Stalin) heavy tanks to Egypt after the 1952 revolution, but few had arrived in time for the Second Arab-Israeli War in 1956. After this unexpected defeat, the Soviet Union also began shipping their new T-54 and T-55 tanks to the Egyptians.
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While the T-34/85M had been as good as or better than most Israeli tanks in 1956, it was showing its age by 1967 and was mostly relegated to infantry support work, backed up by the powerful IS-3M heavy tank. By comparison, the T-54 and T-55 were very powerful modern tanks. Their frontal armour matched the heavy IS-3M, their gun could penetrate any Western tank, and they were as fast as the lighter T-34.
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The T-34/85M Platoon Rumbles Forward
T-34/85M Platoon (AARBX03)

Last Updated On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Charlie at Battlefront