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A T-26 tank on museum display

The T-26 tank was a Soviet light infantry tank used in the 1930s and World War II. It was one of the most successful tank designs of the 1930s until its light armour became vulnerable to newer anti-tank guns. It was produced in greater numbers than any other tank of the period, with more than 11,000 manufactured, and it was used extensively in the armies of Spain, China and Turkey. Many variants were produced, including different combat vehicles based on its chassis such as flame-throwing tanks, remotely controlled tanks, and armoured carriers. The T-26 together with the BT was the Red Army's main tank in the interwar period. Though nearly obsolete by the beginning of World War II, it was the most important tank of the Spanish Civil War and played a significant role in the Battle of Lake Khasan in 1938 and the Winter War in 1939–40. The T-26 was the most common tank used by the Soviets during the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. It was used in the Battle of Moscow during the winter of 1941–42, the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of the Caucasus in 1942–43. The tanks last saw use in August 1945, during the defeat of the Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria. (Full article...)

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