BT-5 M1933

BT-5 M1933
Image: BT-5 M1933 (Red Army Photo)
Vehicle TypeMedium Convertible Tank
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced2.018
Crew3 (Commander/Loader, Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 45mm L/46 M1932 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-4° to +40°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTSMF. PT-1
Secondary Armament2 x 7.62mm DT Machine Guns (Turret Rear & Bow)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried115 x 45mm & 2.709 x 7.62mm
Combat Weight11.500 kg
Ground Clearance0.35m
Fording Depth0.90m
Trench Crossing2.0m
Obstacle Clearance0.75m
Climbing Ability40°
ArmourHull Front: 13mm
Hull Sides: 13mm
Hull Rear: 13mm
Hull Top: 6mm
Hull Bottom: 10mm
Gun Mantle: 13mm
Turret Front: 13mm
Turret Sides: 13mm
Turret Rear: 13mm
Turret Top: 10mm
EngineLiberty M-5 (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road RangeWheels: 250 km
Tracks: 150 km
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road SpeedWheels: 72 kph
Tracks: 52 kph
Maximum Cross Country SpeedTracks: 20 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
VariantsCommand version carried a 71-TK-1 Radio
NotesThe BT-5 was classed by the Soviets as a fast cruiser tank and this speed was mainly down to the suspension system that was designed by the American Walter Christie. It also built as a convertible tank and ran on large road wheels which could run on either tracks or on their own. It had a two man turret and mounted a 45mm gun. It was considered the fore runner for the T-34 and was produced in large numbers, due to the numbers in service it saw action on all fronts and suffered grave losses against the Germans mainly due to thin armour and bad handling.