But not only stupidity is a characteristic feature of the German people, according to Rezun: “The best German tank of 1941 T-IIIA had 0,94 kg per square centimeter of the supporting surface. Almost a kilogram! Per square centimeter! Of course, he will fall into the mud. And the specific power is only 13,9 hp. per ton of weight. This is not specific power, but specific weakness. The rest are German Tanks were even worse. These tanks made fools for the sake of window dressing. This is a typical German trash ”(p. 144).
Posingly scattering in his book with the contemptuous expression “unfinished nazis”, the author himself unwittingly “painted himself in those colors,” because tying up mental abilities and professional qualities to national identity is clearly a Nazi approach. And our “ethnologist” should be corrected: the specific pressure on the ground at the medium tank Pz. III A was 0,63 kg / cm ², and power density - 16,2 l.c. / t.
Justice Rezun awarding the title of "Best German tank 1941 of the year" looks very controversial, because this combat vehicle appeared in 1937 year, and the German army entered the war against the Soviet Union with the "troika" of modifications E, F and G.
Now I will make the necessary digression and will acquaint you with the basis on which Viktor Suvorov diagnoses the “weakness” of tanks. And he does this on the basis of a comparison of the Soviet “lightweight” BT-2 with the super-heavy (!) German tank “Mouse” (“Mouse”): “The engine was powered by an X -UMN XX MBNXXX engine, and again it turned out specific power 509 hp on 1050 ton of weight. This is what they did at the end of the war and did not have time to complete. For comparison: our “outdated” BT-5,5, which was put into service even before Hitler came to power, had a specific power 1 (SIX WITH HALF) times higher. The engine is the heart of the tank. Hitler's "Mouse" had a weak heart in comparison with its exorbitant weight. And it’s better not to talk about specific power, but about specific weakness ”(p. 2).
You can easily check the viability of the “cordial” approach of Rezun, even within the framework of the development of the Soviet “high-speed tanks”. The BT-7М tank, which had a "shameful" specific pressure on the ground (0,90 kg / cm²), was supposed to "fear" the mud much more strongly than the BT-2 (0,64 kg / cm²) mentioned by the author, especially since power per ton of weight, the diesel “seven” is inferior to the “two” by more than one horsepower (34,1 l.c. / t. against 35,3 l.c. / t.). Is it possible to argue that BT-7M is “weak” in comparison with BT-2? Far from it, the diesel “seven” together with the BT-7 of the 1937 model of the year were definitely the best light tanks of the world for the 1941 year! From the totality of tactical and technical characteristics, of course, although with the cross they, of course, was all right.
As for the "Mouse", due to the low dynamic qualities (the maximum speed, by the way, was 20 km / h), the creation of the notorious Ferdinand Porsche was considered by the German military primarily as a mobile firing point in the fortified system, capable of "stopping" attacks of heavy tanks.
Let's return to the Pz III tanks. In the invasion of the Soviet Union took part 965 "triples". These were fairly well-balanced combat vehicles capable of effectively fighting a tank of its T-28 class, but the capabilities of their 50-mm short-barreled guns were clearly not enough for the Thirty-Fours. It was possible to hit the T-34 in the "forehead" no more than with the 300-meter distance. Armor protection Pz. III, which had a thickness of 30 mm in the main armored planes, also did not give confidence because of this “counterpart”.
The Panzernik, having a crew of 5 people (one hundred percent segregation of duties), surpassed all Soviet tanks in the quantity and quality of observation and aiming devices. And even with regard to the T-34 it was not something significant, but it emphasized the dominance over all Soviet light tanks. Frontal armor BT-7 model 1937, punched 50-mm tank gun from a distance 1800 m.
By the way, for the facilities created for the crew, with Pz. III could not be compared with any Soviet, English or American tank of the time. Including for this reason, the trophy "troika" have become the favorite command vehicles in the Red Army. They were also used for their intended purpose.
To be continued ...