When it was introduced into service in 1953, the T-10 represented a return to the "classic" Soviet heavy tank. Although considered a major threat to NATO tank forces, it also represented the end of an era. All gun heavy tanks like the T-10 would eventually be made effectively redundant by later models like the T-62 which had powerful next generation armament and new ammunition types. The tank was gradually withdrawn from service in the 1970s, though the last tanks would only leave Russian service, by decree of the President of the Russian Federation, in 1997. As such the T-10 outlived the Soviet state that had created it.
Never exported outside of the Soviet Union and rarely used in combat, the T-10 has remained a mysterious tank, with many of its variants unknown in the West until very recently. This study, written from original Russian and Ukrainian primary source documents that have only recently been made available, uncovers the history of this enigmatic tank using 130 stunning contemporary and modern photographs of the T-10 as well as full colour side-view artwork.
James Kinnear was born in Great Britain and has researched the topic of Soviet and Russian military hardware since his first visit to the Soviet Union as a young teenager. He subsequently lived and worked in the post-Soviet Russian Federation and the other states of the former Soviet Union throughout the entire period of post-Soviet "stability", the two decades between the Soviet Union being considered a military threat and the Russian Federation finding itself again categorized as such again in recent history. James has written hundreds of articles on Soviet and Russian technology. He is a formal contributor to IHS Jane's defence yearbooks and has published books on Soviet military technology with Barbarossa, Darlington, Osprey and Tankograd. Stephen L. "Cookie" Sewell was born in New York State and is a retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer and Department of the Army intelligence analyst. He was trained in Vietnamese and Russian languages and has been an active Russian linguist since 1974. He was also an enthusiastic scale modeller since the age of 5 and has built numerous models of armoured vehicles, specializing in Russian, Soviet and American tanks and armoured vehicles. He was the founder of the Armor Model and Preservation Society in 1992. While author of numerous intelligence articles he has also written extensively on American and Soviet armour and also provided a great deal of information to other authors on topics that include Korean and Vietnamese air war activities.
Introduction Chapter One: Development History Chapter Two: Service and Combat History Chapter Three: The T-10 Tank Variants Described Chapter Four: Derivatives of the T-10 Tank Design Chapter Five: Preserved T-10 Tanks Appendix One: T-10 Development, Production and Service Chronology Appendix Two: T-10 Production Data Tables Appendix Three: Soviet Era Tank Design and Production Flow Appendix Four: T-10M Cutaway Diagram Appendix Five: Obiekt Number Listing of T-10 Tanks, Prototypes and Projects Appendix Six: Foreign Perspectives: T-10 Recognition during the Cold War Appendix Seven: Preserved T-10 Tanks Appendix Eight: T-10 and Variant Specifications: Data Tables Appendix Nine: Glossary and Abbreviations Bibliography Index