Monday, February 23, 2004

When You Praise the T-34, You're Praising Bolshevism!

In the comments to this Brad DeLong post on the Eastern Front in World War 2, John Emerson says something that is both hilarious and true:

"Man, toast, you really don't like the T-34, do you? When the T-34 was introduced, it wasn't a Camry. It was best tank in the world. As time passed, the Germans introduced a few boutique tanks which were individually superior, and this strategy would have worked if tank warfare were a series of one-on-one duels.

However anti-Soviet one might be, it's irrational to believe that every single thing the Soviets ever did was inferior. You don't become a Stalinist by saying nice things about the T-34. "

Indeed. The T-34 was an excellent battle-tank. Not everything the Soviets built was crap - even if most of it was.