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Russia: Complete WWII-era T-34 tank recovered from bottom of Don River02:38

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

Russian Federation, Voronezh Region
July 15, 2016 at 04:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

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 under water for over 70 years.

It's thought that the tank could be one of the last surviving units to be produced at the Stalingrad Tractor Plant in 1942

Kelember explained that "after August 1942 the Stalingrad Tractor Plant stopped producing these tanks. This means that no tank survived to Victory Day".

Researchers discovered the T-34 in April 2016 and now hope to determine how it had fallen into the river. The hatches were closed and the machine gun is on board which means that the remains of the crew may still be inside. Some locals theorize that the tank was deliberately ditched, to prevent enemies from capturing it.

The Ministry of Defence conducted the operation, assisted by the Ministry's Patriot Park and the military's Motorized Unit.

The T-34 is a medium-sized tank that despite its simplicity managed to revolutionise tank design and played an integral role in the Soviet victory over the Nazis on the eastern front. Its slight slanted sides meant powerful German shells could not penetrate the tanks, additionally, it was also extremely robust and easy to repair.

It is considered to be one of the finest tanks in the world and became a symbol of the Victory of Soviet Union over Nazi Germany.

Russia: Complete WWII-era T-34 tank recovered from bottom of Don River02:38
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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 under water for over 70 years.

It's thought that the tank could be one of the last surviving units to be produced at the Stalingrad Tractor Plant in 1942

Kelember explained that "after August 1942 the Stalingrad Tractor Plant stopped producing these tanks. This means that no tank survived to Victory Day".

Researchers discovered the T-34 in April 2016 and now hope to determine how it had fallen into the river. The hatches were closed and the machine gun is on board which means that the remains of the crew may still be inside. Some locals theorize that the tank was deliberately ditched, to prevent enemies from capturing it.

The Ministry of Defence conducted the operation, assisted by the Ministry's Patriot Park and the military's Motorized Unit.

The T-34 is a medium-sized tank that despite its simplicity managed to revolutionise tank design and played an integral role in the Soviet victory over the Nazis on the eastern front. Its slight slanted sides meant powerful German shells could not penetrate the tanks, additionally, it was also extremely robust and easy to repair.

It is considered to be one of the finest tanks in the world and became a symbol of the Victory of Soviet Union over Nazi Germany.

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