It is a Soviet WW2 T34 equipped with the 76.2mm gun. It also has a V12 diesel, one of the very few tanks so powered. All of the German tanks used gasoline burning engines such as the Maybach V12 used in the PZKW Mark V aka the Panther and the Mark VI aka the Tiger.
All US tanks of WW2 had gasoline engines as well. Most of the British tanks burned gasoline. All of the French tanks were gas burners.
I didn't see the German cross on the front glacis of the T34.
Not unusual at all. Using captured enemy vehicles such as armor, trucks, autos, and motorcycles was standard practice during WW2.
I remember seeing a photo of an Italian light tank captured by the British who painted the Union Jack on it and used it until it was in turn captured by the German Afrika Korps who painted a crude cross on it for their use.
During the Battle of the Bulge, a lot of US Army jeeps were captured by the Germans and were used by them until the end of the war. The Germans also used captured US weapons such as the .30 M1 Carbine which they thought highly of and the .50 M2 BMG which had no couterpart in the German inventory.
Back to the T34 tank. In 1942 the Germans found a number of T 34's that had been abandoned by the Russians after they had run out of fuel. These tanks were intack and complete with ammo. The tanks were loaded on railroad flatcars and hauled back to German for evaluation. It was clear that the T34 was superior to the Mark IV which was the standard German tank at the time. Some German officers wanted to build a copy of the T34 albeit with a German made gun. But national pride forbade anything like that, so a tank using a lot of the design features of the T34 was developed and the end result was the Mark V Panther medium tank. The Germans decided to stick with a gasoline burning engine, the Maybach 700 bhp V12. The Panther after the bugs were worked out of it became the best tank of WW2.
The Soviets kept the T34 in production after the war and it was called the T34/85. It had a new 85mm gun. Eventually the T34 was dropped from production about the time the Korean War started. The NK Army was supplied with about 450 T34's and just about every one of them was destroyed in combat against the US Army's new M46 Pershing equipped with a powerful 90mm gun. The result was the development of the new T54 with the 85mm gun. When a new 100mm gun was developed, the T54 was equipped with it and was redesignated the T55.
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