T-70 Tank

The T-70 was a Russian, light infantry tank fielded by the Soviet Army during World War II. Developed from the T-60, it was in service between 1942 and 1945. It offered weak armor protection for its crew of two men, being assigned  to the reconnaissance and infantry fire support roles. Although the T-70 had 60mm-thick armor on the turret front (gun mantelet), the rest of the tank offered an armor thickness of only 10mm, which made of it a flimsy vehicle of war that could do nothing to stop the Wehrmacht war machine during Operation Barbarossa. Thus, it was an easy prey for the powerful 5-cm Pak 38 anti-tank gun used by the German Infantry. Moreover, its small turret mounted an underpowered 45mm gun, which was ineffective against the German tanks. Although it was a light armored vehicle, it was also slow, with a maximum road speed of 28 miles per hour. However, the T-70 was extensively employed throughout the war as it was manufactured by the thousands.

Specifications

Type: light infantry tank

Weight: 9.2 tons

Length: 14 ft (4.3 m)

Width: 7 ft 7 in (2.3 m)

Height: 6 ft 8 in (2 m)

Power plant: two GAZ-202 gasoline engine, which delivered 140 hp

Maximum road speed: 28 mph (45 km/h)

Range:  220 miles

Gradient: 34ª

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