T-34 Shock: The Soviet Legend in Pictures

Author(s): Francis Pulham and Will Kerrs

ISBN: 9781781558461
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A photographic study and technical history of the iconic T-34 tank from conception to victory.
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  • Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished photographs, including those taken by German soldiers

  • Detailed description of technical aspects of the T-34 with photographs, diagrams and maps

  • An excellent reference book for military modellers, historians and tank wargamers interested in the T-34 with authentic camouflage livery

‘The finest tank in the world!’
Field Marshall Paul Ewald von Kleist

In their opening gambit during the Second World War, the Germans seemed unstoppable as they conquered Europe. Their victory then dramatically stalled during the invasion of the Soviet Union when they faced a new tank that shocked the Wehrmacht: the mighty T-34.

With a superb 76-mm gun, thick armour and able to cruise more than 35 mph, the T-34 was a rude awakening for the Germans as it could blow Panzers to oblivion. By the end of the war, some 60,000 T-34 tanks were built, which proves the point that quantity does have a quality of its own. Delve into the photographic history of one of history’s most famous tanks.

In T-34 Shock: The Soviet Legend in Pictures, Francis Edward Pulham explores its technical and design innovations, which made the T-34 the best tank of the war. For the first time, a detailed and comprehensive study of the T-34 has been conducted though the photographs of those who opposed them on the battlefield as well as its humble beginnings to a hero of Mother Russia.

The tank that needs no introduction is often misunderstood on a technical level, and the lines between history and stories are often blurred. Explore the reasons behind technical changes implemented to this mythical weapon and its combat history from the first encounter during Operation Barbarossa to final victory in the ruins of Berlin and the fall of the Third Reich.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558461
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 496 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 672 black-and-white and 28 colour photographs



Francis Pulham first went to the Bovington Tank Museum when he was 12 years old. He walked away with a model of a Soviet KV-2 and was never the same again. Pulham has had a strange passion for anything Soviet ever since, and once he got his hands on a model T-35, it was love at first sight. Ever since then, he has endeavoured to bring this exiting chapter of history that is often overlooked to more people. Pulham lives in Brighton with his family and three cats, which he loves dearly.

Will Kerrs is a cultural historian specialising on the Red Army during the 1930s and 1940s, and oral histories of 20th-century political violence. Having contributed to Tanks Encyclopaedia since 2015, he has published scores of ground-breaking articles on rare and obscure Soviet tanks such as the ‘Odessa Tank’ (‘Na Ispug’), and even Chinese examples such as the so-called ‘Type 58’ through original research.