T-26 Light Tank

Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 09:48 pm

The design of the Soviet Union’s T-26 light tank was based on that of Britain’s Vickers 6 Ton tank.

Although the British rejected the Vickers 6 Ton Tank, the T-26 was extremely successful.

The T-26 light tank was used during the Spanish Civil War and in the Winter War against Finland.

In World War II, the T-26 light tank was used at the Battle of Khalkhin Ghol, between Japan and the USSR, and during Operation Barbarossa, Germany’s attempted invasion of Russia.  The Soviets also used T-26 tanks when they invaded Poland in 1939.
T-26 light tank at the Battle of Moscow, October 1941 to January 1942
The T-26 had a hull that was different from the Vickers 6 Ton tank. It also had higher turrets. (Both tanks had twin turrets.) The turrets on the T-26 were redesigned to carry a DT machine gun.

Production of the T-26 began in 1931.

A single-turreted version, the T-26 B, was developed in 1933.

Variants of the T-26 light tank included a commander’s version with a radio, a self-propelled gun, a flame-thrower, a bridgelayer and a tank that contained a fog machine.

Soviet Union

T-26 Light

Active: 1931
Crew: 3
Weight: 9.5 tons (9,600kg)
Length: 15ft 3in (4.65m)
Height: 7ft 4in (2.24m)
Width: 8ft 0in (2.44m)
Weapons: Main – 1.77in (45mm) gun, Secondary – 0.3 inch (7.62mm) DT machinegun
Armor Maximum – 0.59in (15mm)
Engine: GAZ 4-cylinder gasoline, 90hp
Speed: 19mph (31kph)
Range: 150 miles (240 km)