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This article is about the Soviet medium tank. For the American TD, see T28.






T-28 (Stock)

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Totals
135000 Price
320 Hit Points
15.94 / 18.9 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
30/20/20Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
20/20/20Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
400 h.p.Engine Power
45 km/hSpeed Limit
35 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
110 Standard Shell Damage
37 mmStandard Shell Penetration
4.6 Time for Complete Loading
46 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
320 mView Range
300 mSignal Range
IV
T-28
135000
Designed and adopted for service as a breakthrough tank. The T-28 was manufactured at the "Krasniy Putilovets" Plant in Leningrad, with a total of 503 vehicles built from 1934 through 1940.

This tank is best described as an "odd" tank. It is one of the largest tanks in the early tiers, making it a proverbial barn door for incoming fire; a fact not helped by its rather poor armor. Having said this, it is surprisingly fast and maneuverable. Although its initial guns are weak, it can eventually equip some very effective armament. The 57mm guns are very accurate, have a fast firing rate and are probably preferred over the slightly higher-damage dealing 76mm guns. These contradictions lead to the T-28 using some rather odd tactics; it can't slug it out with the heavies and its size means speed and stealth aren't much help either. Caution and patiently-laid fire are the best policies with the T-28. Let your team mates push forward and find the enemy, then use your speed and acceleration to get to the place you're most needed and use your excellent firepower to help tip the balance. A T-28 can also be surprisingly effective scout (despite its bulk) due to its speed.

T-28

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III T-28 cylindrical 2000 20/20/20 46 320
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun II 76 mm KT-28 540 37/75/38 110/110/164 13.04 0.6 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV M-5-400 410 400 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III T-28 5160 18.9 35
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III 71-TK-3 0 300

T-28 M1938

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III T-28 cylindrical 2000 20/20/20 46 320
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun III 76 mm L-10 641 66/75/38 110/110/164 13.04 0.57 2.9
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV M-5-400 410 400 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III T-28 5160 18.9 35
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio V 10R 0 360

T-28 NIAP

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III T-28 cylindrical 2000 20/20/20 46 320
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV 76 mm F-32 770 67/75/38 110/110/156 15.38 0.51 2.9
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV M-17L 610 450 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV T-28A 5300 32.3 40
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio V 10R 0 360

T-28 M1940

Health

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV T-28 conical 2500 20/20/20 44 340
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV 57 mm ZiS-8 400 75/112/29 75/75/95 20.69 0.45 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV M-17L 610 450 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV T-28A 5300 32.3 40
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio V 10R 0 360

T-28A

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV T-28 conical 2500 20/20/20 44 340
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun V 57 mm ZiS-4 740 112/189/29 85/85/95 22.22 0.34 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV M-17T 610 500 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV T-28A 5300 32.3 40
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio V 10R 0 360

T-28B

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III T-28 cylindrical 2000 20/20/20 46 320
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV 57 mm ZiS-8 400 75/112/29 75/75/95 20.69 0.45 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV M-5-400 410 400 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III T-28 5160 18.9 35
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio V 10R 0 360

Compatible Equipment

Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Candle Suspension
Cyclone Filter
Improved Ventilation Class 2
Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Lend-Lease Oil
Extra Combat Rations
Removed Speed Governor
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Good top-end guns
  • Good acceleration and top speed
  • Good RoF, DPM, and accuracy with the 57 mm ZiS-4


Cons:


  • Large silhouette
  • Poor, unsloped armor
  • Crew are easily killed by HE
  • Suspension gets easily destroyed, often resulting in death due to the low armor


Performance

Once upgraded, this tank combines speed with strong firepower. However, most players have a difficult time achieving that. While it may look more impressive than the M3 Lee or the Pz.Kpfw. III, the armor on this tank is not very effective in battle, as it is not very thick or well sloped. The gun it starts out with is not very effective, and most players agree that it is best to upgrade it right away.

This tank plays well as either a skirmisher or a sniper. Unless you have played the BT-7 or the SU-8 before to unlock the engine upgrades, it is advisable to begin with sniping, as the stock engine doesn't have the power to make skirmishing feasible. Compared with other tanks, the sides are easy targets, making this tank much easier to de-track, so it pays to be aware of the tank's alignment both while still and while moving. Once you get some upgrades, you can use your mobility to move around the battlefield with ease, position yourself where you're needed, and fall back before being overrun. Using the awesome ZiS-4 gun with its astounding accuracy (on par with Tiger's L/71), great penetration for the tier, good damage and good rate of fire and the mobility of this tank to its best, a person can easily single-handedly control tier 4 matches, tier 5 matches - and since the ZiS-4 is so good (great even on the T-34) the T-28 still remains competitive in tier 6 matches, being able to penetrate the common KV-1S from the front, but the VK 36.01 (H), T-150 and M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo will give this tank some trouble.

Arty players tend to regard the T-28 as a free kill, and if they can score just one direct hit that’s exactly what you’re going to be. Your best bet is to stay in cover as much as you can and if you’re stuck in the open keep moving. If you get spotted you can bet that every arty player the enemy has is going to be targeting you.

This tank has two Radio Operators, and thus it can take more Radio Operator Skills/Perks, but the best available radio only has a range of 360 meters. This unfortunately ruins what would otherwise have been a very valuable situation.


Early Research

  • The 76 mm L-10 gun and the 10R radio carry over from the T-46 and if you played the T-34 previously before getting this tank, the ZiS-4 is available and can be equipped immediately upon purchasing this tank. If you have played the BT-7 or the SU-8 previously, the M17F engine can also be equipped right away.
  • Most players choose to upgrade the gun first. Choosing between the 76 mm and the 57 mm line is up to you, all four guns offer good firepower.
  • Next focus on the engine (if you don't already have them from the BT-7 or SU-8), and then the suspension.
  • Research the turret last. It adds 30 hit points and 20 view range.


Historical Info

The Soviet T-28 was among the world's first Medium tanks. The prototype was completed in 1931 and production began in late 1932. It was an infantry-support tank intended to break through fortified defenses.

The type didn't have that much success in combat, but it played an important role as a development project for the Soviet designers. A series of new ideas and solutions were tried out on the T-28 and were later incorporated in future models.

Design History

The T-28 was in many ways similar to the British Vickers A1E1 Independent tank. This tank greatly influenced tank design in the period between the wars, although only one prototype was manufactured in 1926. The Kirov Factory in Leningrad began manufacturing a tank, which was based on the British Independent in 1932. The T-28 tank was officially approved on August 11, 1933. The T-28 had one large turret with a 76.2mm gun and two smaller turrets with 7.62mm machine guns. A total of 503 T-28 tanks were manufactured over a period of 8 years from 1933 to 1941.

Combat History

The T-28 was deployed during the Invasion of Poland and the Winter War against Finland. During the initial stages of the Winter War, the tank was used in direct fire missions against Finnish pillboxes. In the course of these operations, it was found that the armour was inadequate and programs were initiated to upgrade it. Frontal plates were upgraded from 50 mm to 80 mm and side and rear plates to 40 mm thickness. With this up-armoured version the Red Army broke through the main Finnish defensive fortification, the Mannerheim Line. According to Russian historian M. Kolomietz's book "T-28. Three-headed Stalin's Monster", over 200 T-28s were knocked out during the Winter War, but only 20 of them were in irrecoverable losses (including 2 captured by the Finnish Army). Due to proximity of the Kirov Plant, all other knocked-out tanks were repaired, some of them over five times.

The Finns knew the T-28 as the Postivaunu ("mail wagon" or stagecoach), a name which alluded to Finnish troops' discovery of Red Army field mail sacks inside the first destroyed T-28. Another explanation is that the high profile of the tank resembled the old west stagecoaches of the United States. Finns captured two T-28s during the Winter War and five in Continuation War, for a total of 7 vehicles.

The Soviets had 411 T-28 tanks when the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. Most T-28s were lost during the first two months of the invasion, many of them abandoned after mechanical breakdown. Some T-28s took part in the 1941 winter defence of Leningrad and Moscow, but after late 1941, they were rare in Red Army service; a few were operated by enemy forces.

Today three T-28s remain, two in Finland and one in Moscow. One restored T-28 is on display in Finnish field camouflage in the Parola Tank Museum, Finland.


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