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Russia's World War II KV-1 Tank Blundered Its Way Into History

Robert Beckhusen Security, Europe Early failures forced the Soviets to adapt. A day after the German blitzkrieg into the Soviet Union in June 1941, more than 200 Nazi tanks were powering through Lithuania on a race northward to Leningrad. The Luftwaffe knocked out the Soviets’ nearby air bases, leaving counter-attacking armored columns easy prey for German bombers. Desperate to staunch the bleeding, on June 23 the Red Army sprang its KV-1 and KV-2 tanks?—?which at the time packed some of the heaviest tank armor in the world?—?on the advancing Germans near Raseiniai.
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