The heavy armour of the latest Soviet tank designs ensured that they made a major impact on the battlefield, even in the hands of the hastily-trained conscripts that were all that was available after the disasters of 1941. When the Germans started fielding tanks armed with new long-barrelled 7.5cm guns, there was an urgent need for a better armoured and easier to use tank than the T-34 medium tank.
In June 1942, the GABTU (Main Directorate of Armoured Forces) ordered work to begin on two prototypes. The SKB 2 heavy tank design bureau in Chelyabinsk started the KV-13 program, which eventually became the IS-1 heavy tank. The Morozov Design Bureau that had been responsible for the T-34, now working at the Uralvagonzavod complex, developed the T-43 based on the advanced T-34M project, which had been cancelled in 1941 when Germany invaded the USSR. The first prototype T-43 was finally completed in March 1943. Thicker armour means a heavier tank, so the designers made the tank as small as possible to minimise the amount of armour needed.
The T-43 medium tank combines the best features of a heavy tank with the mobility of a medium tank. With 90mm of frontal armour, the T-43 has nothing to fear from any enemy medium tank. Safe behind their thick armour, a full ten-tank company has the firepower to shatter almost any resistance in short order.
ROF 2; Anti-tank 9; Firepower 3+
Front 8; Side 7; Top 1
This box contains five T-43 Medium Tanks.