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Old 29 Aug 17, 07:22
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The T-34 had issues, especially maintenance and reliability. And the early T-34 with 76mm isn't that much "better" than a Sherman- better protected, less reliable, both capable of defeating the bulk of German tanks (if there are German tanks available, in many cases there aren't). And T-34/85 production didn't start until Feb 44- its not a process of instantaneous replacement once production starts

Second, the early disruption of Soviet manufacturing meant that building enough replacements was an issue (especially when they keep breaking down, see point 1).

If the choice is between a Sherman and nothing (either because you're waiting for the T-34 to be built, or because its broken down somewhere), the choice is pretty easy.
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