Mikhail Koshkin

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Bust with honor guard, Pereslavl.

Mikhail Ilyich Koshkin (Russian: Михаил Ильич Кошкин, Ukrainian: Михайло Ілліч Кошкін, Mykhaylo Illich Koshkin, 3 December 1898, Brynchagi, Yaroslavl Oblast – 26 September 1940) was a Soviet tank designer, chief designer of the famous T-34 medium tank. The T-34 was the most produced tank of World War II. He started out in life as a confectioner, but then studied engineering.[1]

In 1937, the Red Army assigned him to lead a new team to design a replacement for the BT tanks at the Kharkiv Komintern Locomotive Plant (KhPZ) in Kharkiv.

He died from pneumonia he contracted while looking for his escaped cat.

Mikhail Koshkin was posthumously awarded the State Stalin Prize in 1942 and the Order of the Red Star. In 1990, shortly before the final collapse of the USSR, he was posthumously decorated with the highest civilian honour, Hero of Socialist Labour.

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  1. ^ Panther Vs T-34: Ukraine 1943 By Robert Forczyk, Osprey Publishing, 2007, ISBN 1-84603-149-4, ISBN 978-1-84603-149-6, on Google Books