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Bolshevik Tank by teslapunk Bolshevik Tank by teslapunk
In March 1930, foreign specialists were invited to provide technical assistance to the Soviet Union. Among these foreign specialists was a German engineer named Edward Grotte. Under his leadership, in the fall of 1931 at the Leningrad factory "Bolsheshevik", the TG experimental tank was designed and built. But this tank did not go into series production. With work on the TG terminated, E. Grotte's assistance was no longer required.

But back in March 1931, Gotte suggested two variants of a 1,000 ton tank with the installation of weapons in three or six turrets. The turrets installed two 304-mm guns, four 152 and 76-mm and two 45-mm guns. The crew consisted of forty people. The armor protection of the frontal part of the hull and turret reached 300 mm, boards - 250 mm, roof and bottoms - 60-100 mm. The machine was supposed to have several engines with a total capacity of 24,000 hp (17,630 kW), which should provide speeds up to 60 km/h. The tank's transmission was hydro-mechanical with an electric control system. In the undercarriage was provided a hydraulic suspension system and triple caterpillar tracks. In reviewing the preliminary design of the machine, it was recognized that the design of the tank would be extremely cumbersome and difficult to manufacture.
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