13 Saving the Tractor of the War Time From the Swamp

Saving the Tractor of the War Time From the Swamp

Posted on October 17, 2012 by team

"Stalinets" tractors were produced in 1937-1941 in Chelyabinsk for industrial and construction works. But they were also often used by the Red Army as a prime mover.

This "Stalinets" tractor sank in winter 1942 in Usoditsa lake of the Zapadnodvinsky district of the Tver region, Russia. It was repeatedly searched and when was finally found there were some attempts to pull it out. But it was not easy. The tractor was under the marsh bog.

However the last attempt made by the volunteers together with the Russian Ministry of Defence and the Moscow search and restoration center "Rearguard", divers from Pskov and other specialists finally managed to pull the tractor out.

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Despite the fact that the tractor sank in the lake it was surrounded by the impassable swamp. The "Stalinets" was lying nine meters (29.5 ft) deep and it was a hard task for the divers to pull the remains of the driver first and then to wrap the cables around the tractor itself.
The weight of the tractor was 12 tons and they initially planned to use a huge tracked amphibious tank that was specially delivered from St. Petersburg. It was capable of transporting even KAMAZ trucks...

The tank was specially intended to go along swamps but it also sank and went 2,5 meters deep in the bog. So the team had to save this vehicle first which took two days more.

"Stalinets" was pulled out literally on the soulders of people. They invented the whole system of heavy steel cables which were pulled for 1,5 km (0,93 miles) long. The harsh men were moving along the narrow trampled path risking to sink in the swamp themselves. It was raining all the time which made their work even harder. They were also cutting down the clearing for the tractor, made planking and kept dragging the steel cables on the shoulders.

The cables were strained so much that they were clanging, the team was constantly afraid the cables could break and the people were hiding behind the trees about twenty meters away. If it broke it could cut everything around like butter.


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13 Responses to “Saving the Tractor of the War Time From the Swamp”

  1. America says:

    What’s so special about it? No other one left?

  2. Osip says:

    Why not they just wait for the winter time?

  3. Fred Johnson says:

    I think they should have tried to float it, then pull it on skids. Dragging it like that, so much wasted energy. It’s a swamp, use that to your advantage.

  4. Tovarich Volk says:

    So who did the bones belong to, and what happened that the person was reduced to bones?

  5. (r)evolutionist says:

    Now use the magnificent machine to rebuild Socialism!

  6. Steamed McQueen says:

    Hose it off, put a fresh battery in it with some new fuel,oil and filters and I’d bet a bottle of vodka that old girl will start right up!

    • Spenski says:

      As long as the rings havent rusted to the cylinders I recon you would be right ! If kept dry it doesnt matter how long it is once an engine goes cold to when it starts again !I think it would be seized tho

  7. ProudGerman says:

    Old machinery was built with better quality steel than machinery today built from scrap metal and plastic cheap materials.

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