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General Characteristics
Length:4.88 m
Width: 2.41 m
Height: 2.08 m
Weight:8.5 t (1931)
10.3 t(1937)
Speed: 30 km/h (road)
Range: 150-225 km
Primary armament: 45 mm gun (from 1933 on)
Secondary armament:1 or 2 x 7.62 mm machineguns
Maximum armour: 15 mm
Power plant:-

The T-26 Soviet light tank was based on the British Vickers 6-Ton tank.

Table of contents
1 Production History
2 Combat History

Production History

The T-26 was produced under license from Vickers-Armstrong Ltd. between 1931 and 1940. Over 12000 were produced.


Combat History

First saw action against Japanese forces in the Manchurian border incidents in 1934 and 1935.

During the Spanish civil war republican Spain received 362 T-26 model 1933 which were found superior to the German Panzer I.

The T-26 was also used against Finland during the Winter War, and its armour was found inadequate against the Finnish anti-tank weapons. Many of these tanks were captured by the Finns and used towards the end of the WWII. A lot of Soviet T-26s were abandoned or destroyed during 1941 battles of the WWII, then this type came out of use.

See also: List of tanks, List of Soviet tanks.