Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The BT-7 was the ultimate evolution of its series. It was in many ways an upgraded BT-5, with a new turret and better armor ( Although in the first tanks produced the old model turret was used). It was utilized throughout the Great Patriotic War, as World War II was termed by the Soviets. The tank's main fault was the fact that it had a petrol engine, which burned very easily. This problem was rectified by the BT-7M, which went into production from 1940 onwards. The infantry support version mounted a 76mm howitzer in a modified turret. The BT-7 was phased out of production after Operation Barbarossa(the German invasion of Russia) decimated stocks of the tanks, although as previously noted they did not go out of service until almost the end of the war.