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    Russian tank troops with their T-34 tanks travel by train to the front. Eighty percent of Soviet large scale movements of military units during WW2 were carried out by railway.

    • M F

      Russian tank troops with their T-34 tanks travel by train to the front. Eighty percent of Soviet large scale movements of military units during World War II were carried out by railway.

    • Diane Wilson

      Men and tanks of the Urals Volunteer Tank Corps en route to the front, 1943. The accommodation is Spartan: cattle cars for the majority of the troops. When the train was on the move, going to bathroom required some innovation. Tank drivers and crew preferred to ride in or on their tanks. Naturally, good weather meant more comfort. Sub-zero temps and blizzards made transportation unbearable -- but the Russian fought on anyway.

    • Mike R

      Echelon of the Ural Volunteer Tank Corps is on the way to the front.

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