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15 Jul 2016

T-34 tank recovered from bottom of Don River

Complete WWII-era T-34 tank recovered from bottom of Don River

A WWII-era T-34 tank was recovered from the bottom of the Don River, in Voronezh region on Thursday. It's estimated that the tank has been underwater for over 70 years.

SOT Anatoly Kelemberg, Head, Search, Repair and Restoration Department, Park Patriot (Russia): "After August 1942, the Stalingrad Tractor plant stopped producing these tanks. This means that no tank survived to Victory Day. It's a unique tank which is completely intact and equipped."

SOT, Andrey Smirnov, Lieutenant-Colonel, Deputy Commander, Motorised Unit, Western Military District (Russian): "We should realise that the tank was for 72 years under water and of course the caterpillars were jammed so we had to drag it out onto the river bank. All the other things went according to plan."

SOT Anatoly Kelemberg, Head of Search, Repair and Restoration Department, Park Patriot (Russia):
"We have two versions of what had happened. The first version is when Soviet troops were retreating to the opposite side of the river they left the tank on this side, so decided to drown it instead of letting the Nazi troops capture it. I don't believe in that actually because here across the river was a pontoon bridge and the second version is that two tanks were crossing the river via that bridge, and one of them fell down into the water."