A Soviet-built T-26 light tank. Although it would be well outmatched during World War II, at the time of the Spanish Civil War it was one of the premiere tanks on the battlefield, and easily overpowering the German and Italian designs used by the Nationalists. One of the few countries willing to openly support the Spanish Republic, the Soviet Union sent just under 300 of them to Spain during the war. Their battlefield reputation ensured that the Nationalists did all that they could to capture them intact and return them to service, as is the case with this example on the lower right.
(National Archives; Keystone)
Carri armati leggeri del modello T-26, largamente prodotto in Unione Sovietica. Durante l’Operazione Barbarossa i T-26 furono facili bersagli per i Panzer III e IV dell’esercito tedesco, ma al tempo della guerra civile spagnola i T-26 superavano i loro equivalenti italiani e tedeschi in forza ai Nazionalisti.