The BT tanks (russian: Быстроходный танк (БТ), Bystrokhodny tank, lit. "fast tank" or "high-speed tank") were a series of soviet cavalry tanks produced in large numbers between 1932 and 1941. They were lightly armoured, but reasonably well-armed for their time, and had much better mobility than world's contemporary tank designs. The BT tanks were known by the nickname Betka from the acronym, or its diminutive Betushka.[1]

The direct successor of the BT tanks would be the famous T-34 medium tank, introduced in 1940, which would replace all of the Soviet fast tanks, infantry tanks and medium tanks in service.

Type Light cavalry tank
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1932–45
Wars Spanish Civil War, Battle of Khalkhin Gol, World War II
Production history
Designer J. Walter Christie, Morozov
Designed 1930–31
Manufacturer KhPZ
Produced 1932–41
Number built over 8,000
Variants BT-2, BT-5, BT-7, BT-7M
Specifications (BT-5)
Weight 11.5 tonnes (12.676 tons)
Length 5.58 m (18 ft 4 in)
Width 2.23 m (7 ft 4 in)
Height 2.25 m (7 ft 5 in)
Crew 3

Armour 6–13 mm


45-mm Model 32 tank gun


7.62-mm DT machine gun
Engine Model M-5

400 hp (298 kW)

Power/weight 35 hp/tonne
Suspension Christie
Fuel capacity 360 litres (95 US gal)


200 km (120 mi)
Speed 72 km/h (44.7 mph)

the BT-2 is a fairly formidable tier 2 tank, it has speed and handling to outrank any other tier 2 tank, however, it's armour is very unsuitable for head on conflicts, for this reason, any tank you are facing, you must outflank, and if you are facing another BT-2 then, well you have to be skilled and lucky to defeat them.

--if facing a pzkpfw II, the best strategy is to either pop in and out of cover, just long enough for you to shoot, or outflank it so it cannot shoot you, you should be able to outflank it's extremely slow traverse.

--if facing a T-26, do the same as the pzkpfw II, it has almost the same characteristics

--if facing the T2 light tank, you may tqake it out from afar if desired, but be aware, if it gets within shooting range of you, thou shalt be struck down with the might power of the stars and stripes.

--try to avoid the M2 medium tank, if not possible outflank as much as possible and try to dodge it's powerful shells against your... well, paper thin armour.