Title

Thunder in the East: Wehrmacht versus RKKA

Presenter Information

Joel Merz

Department

History and Political Science

Major

History

Research Advisor

Ivliyeva, Irina

Advisor's Department

Art, Languages, and Philosophy

Funding Source

OURE

Abstract

During the Second Great War, the clash of tanks dominated the Eastern Front. From the testing grounds in Spain (1936-1939), to the fields of Eastern Europe (1941-1945), Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union fought a continuous battle for tank supremacy which defined the future of armored warfare. The goal of the research is to do an independent comparison of the tanks used on the Eastern Front. To look at the technical aspects of armor, firepower, and mobility to see which tank held the edge in battle. Taking a deeper look at how the war changed the perception and development of armored warfare and the strategies that followed. In the East, the thunder of heavy tanks and large guns dominated the battlefields, in a matchup of equipment never seen in warfare.

Biography

Joel Merz is an undergraduate working on his Bachelor of Arts, History. Having a minor already in Foreign Language Russian. He is also Working on minors in Political Science and Pre-law. Joel is in involved on campus with the History Club and Student Council. Joel is hoping to graduate in the field of military history and become a writer/researcher.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Missouri Room

Start Date

4-11-2017 1:30 PM

End Date

4-11-2017 2:00 PM

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Thunder in the East: Wehrmacht versus RKKA

Missouri Room

During the Second Great War, the clash of tanks dominated the Eastern Front. From the testing grounds in Spain (1936-1939), to the fields of Eastern Europe (1941-1945), Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union fought a continuous battle for tank supremacy which defined the future of armored warfare. The goal of the research is to do an independent comparison of the tanks used on the Eastern Front. To look at the technical aspects of armor, firepower, and mobility to see which tank held the edge in battle. Taking a deeper look at how the war changed the perception and development of armored warfare and the strategies that followed. In the East, the thunder of heavy tanks and large guns dominated the battlefields, in a matchup of equipment never seen in warfare.