Military Review

Leonid Nikolaevich Kartsev 90 years

Before you is a completely extraordinary person of no less extraordinary fate. Under his leadership, our tank building in the post-war years ensured international military parity in the conditions of the Cold War in our country (USSR). In their designs tanks he sensitively reacted to the dictates of time and threats from potential adversaries, consistently introducing anti-nuclear defense, weapon stabilization, night-time surveillance and aiming devices, and many other advanced solutions. All this is ahead of the enemy (T-55 and its 5 modifications, T-62 and its 7 modifications and countless BTT search samples). After working at the Uralvagonzavod (lead tank) for about 18 years, he was forced to leave due to a conflict with the new director of the plant, Krutyakov, who blocked his work on the T-72 tank, the foundation of which he laid before leaving.

As experts admit, Kartsev’s tanks are not only in Antarctica, and this is not so much a blurring of our parity around the world as the provision of our population with “exotic” fruits (oranges, bananas, tangerines, etc.): for one tank we received a train of fruits. In addition to tanks, the USSR did not have other powerful permanent export capabilities at that time.

The peculiarities of his work, the man of the Great Patriotic War, is that, by his modesty, he did not earn for himself personally for his work on developing tanks any government incentives (the plant was repeatedly encouraged), unlike other designers of the post-war period, even for simpler means of combat destination.

Our attempts on the 80 anniversary to provide him backdating to the well-deserved title Hero of Russia, had no success. 21 of July of this year, Chief Designer of Uralvagonzavod, Leonid Nikolaevich Kartsev, is already 90 years old, but he is still forgotten by our state, although more than hundreds of thousands of ordinary tank crews cannot still forget his tanks.

Did the Chief of General Staff, who recently received this high rank, have done more for the army than Leonid Nikolayevich?

I just have the right to call for help to all who can join in support: in our country there are no surviving tank constructors left! This is our история. In the place of Makarov, I would give this award to the one who deserved it - it would be a human act!

PS Leonid Nikolaevich Design Bureau No. 1 was included in the 2 (“Dragon”) team, which won an award in 1968 year. Due to various circumstances, this model for the troops did not play any role - Makarov and then had enough.

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  1. patriot2
    patriot2 28 June 2012 12: 33
    Unfortunately, the "managers" from the "defense industry" do not always remember on whose bones they develop production. Affects the modern level of consciousness of leaders who see the goal and solve everyday problems. Unfortunately this is the case. Therefore, it is not surprising that a person who gave his talent as a designer to strengthen our defense capability and who brought a lot of money to the state was left "overboard."
    From myself: thank you very much Leonid Nikolaevich! I will remember your labor feat!
  2. boris.uryadkin
    boris.uryadkin 28 June 2012 12: 33
    The country must know its heroes. I join the author of the article.
  3. Ziksura
    Ziksura 28 June 2012 12: 50
    Man is the pride of the state. The title of Hero is even small.
    "I just have the right to appeal for help to anyone who can join in support."
    What is the best way? Give a "hint".
  4. Konstantm
    Konstantm 28 June 2012 13: 15
    Happy Birthday, Leonid Nikolaevich !!!!!
  5. 755962
    755962 28 June 2012 13: 39
    The man who went through the war, whose tanks are half the world (if not more) .... and so undeservedly .. I am very sorry that such people are forgotten.
  6. suharev-52
    suharev-52 28 June 2012 20: 55
    For that the Makarovs and others like them are "great" heroes. Yeshkin cat, when will true creators and patriots be appreciated here? Sincerely.
  7. bremest
    bremest 28 June 2012 21: 47
    Thank you Leonid Nikolaevich, happy birthday, long life!
  8. kefip
    kefip 28 June 2012 22: 30
    Thanks Leonid Nikolaevich
  9. tank64rus
    tank64rus 28 June 2012 22: 35
    So Leonid Nikolayevich raised the defenses of our country, and not ruined. Respectfully.
  10. Magadan
    Magadan 29 June 2012 04: 59
    Let us collect the signatures to the leadership of the country to award Leonid Nikolaevich !!!!
  11. ShturmKGB
    ShturmKGB 29 June 2012 17: 16
    Often it happens, fame and glory get unworthy ... but the country stands, so there are worthy, on which it rests!