Why did the Soviets abandon their Tank Corps in 1939?

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In November 1939 the Red abolished its 4 tank corps. Why did they do this? Especially, considering that the Wehrmacht’s Panzer Divisions were instrumental in defeating the Polish forces in September 1939. For this we take a look at the broader historical context, namely the massive expansion of the Soviet Tank Arm in 1930s, the Spanish Civil War, the battles of Lake Khasan and Khalkhin Gol, the experience in Poland 1939 and other elements. The cumbersome tank corps argument is also discussed.

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00:03 – Invasion of Poland –
00:25 – Why the high Soviet Losses?
02:48 – Spanish Civil War influence on Soviet Tank Design
03:44 – Japanese Tank Arm
08:44 – NATO Counters
11:07 – Great Purge effect on the Red Army
11:44 – Why France fell in 6 Weeks

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