Sunday 30 June 2019

T-26 Light Tank

Yesterday morning Sue and I went shopping as early as we could to avoid being out as it was getting hotter. During our visit to our local shopping mall, I visited Waterstones and bought a copy of T-26 LIGHT TANK: BACKBONE OF THE RED ARMY.

The book is split into five parts:
  • Introduction
  • Development
    • 6-ton Tank Export
    • Improved Firepower
    • Combat Debut in Spain
    • T-26 Export
    • Modernizing the T-26 Tank
    • T-26 Comparative Technical Characteristics
    • T-26 Replacements
    • T-26 Tank Production 1931-41
    • Flamethrower Tanks
    • Robot Tanks
    • Artillery Tanks
    • Engineer Combat Vehicles
  • Combat Record
    • War in the Far East
    • The Polish Campaign, 1939
    • The Russo-Finnish Winter War, 1939-40
    • Soviet Tank Losses in the Winter War, 1939-40
    • Operation Barbarossa
    • T-26 Strength by Military District, 1940-41
    • T-26 Strength in Red Army Mechanized Corps, June 22, 1941
    • The Approaches to Moscow: T-26 Strength on the Western Front
    • Captured T-26 Tanks in Combat
    • The Final Battle: 1945
  • Further Reading
  • Index
I've always had a bit of a soft spot for this particular tank, and knowing that Steven Zaloga had written this book, I knew that it would be worth buying ... and I was not disappointed!

T-26 LIGHT TANK: BACKBONE OF THE RED ARMY was written by Steven J Zaloga, illustrated by Henry Morshead, and published in 2015 by Osprey Publishing (ISBN 978 1 4728 0625 3).


  1. Like yourself I have a soft spot (like its armour) for the T-26; it tried its hardest but got caught out by a bit of fast bowling and post SCW couldn't complete with the big boys past 1941

    1. Geordie an Exile FoG,

      It was a good tank when compared to what other nations had in service in 1936, but - as you state in your comment - by 1941 it was no longer as reliable and well-armoured as the tanks it was coming up against.

      One wonders what might have happened if - as was mooted at one point - it had been developed with a better engine and drive system, thicker armour, and beefed-up suspension. The result would probably not have been as good as the T-34, but it might have been a match for the Pzkpfw III and IV.

      All the best,



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