|General Characteristics (BT-5)|
|Speed:||53 km/h (road)|
|Primary armament:||45 mm gun|
|Secondary armament:||one or two 7.62 mm machine guns|
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2 Combat History
In 1931 two experimental Christie tanks were purchased from the US. The first prototypes BT-1s appeared in August 1931. These were almost copies of the Christie design. Only a few BT-1s were built. In September 1931 the production of the BT-2 started. The BT-2s were equipped with 37 mm gun and one to three machine guns.
The BT-3 and later models were equipped with a 45 mm gun.
Some BT-5s saw action on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Also fought against Japan in 1939 and Finland during the Winter War (mainly BT-2 and BT-5). BT-5 and BT-7 took part in 1941 battles of the WWII, then most of them were abandoned, destroyed or replaced by more modern T-34 tanks.