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14 Tank Lifted From the Bottom of the Barents Sea

Tank Lifted From the Bottom of the Barents Sea

Posted on July 20, 2014 by team


Another tank was lifted from the bottom of the Barents Sea – “Sherman” M4A2(76)W with a weapon, M1А2. The vehicle was lifted from the bulk carrier “Thomas Donaldson” lying 55 meters deep near Kildin Island. Divers say it’s not the only tank there, two more are waiting for their turn.

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14 Responses to “Tank Lifted From the Bottom of the Barents Sea”

  1. OldBikr says:

    Looks like a Sherman “Fire Fly” model. This was a modification that allowed the Sherman tank to engage German tanks more successfully. The muzzle brake on the main gun shows this tank was equipped with a British designed 17 pdr gun.

  2. Bernkastel says:

    The muzzle break is not round enough to be the British gun, not to mention the turret is not that of a Fire Fly. So based on that I’d be more inclined to believe what it was described as in the text.

  3. Dan says:

    Actually I think it is an M4A3 with 76 mm main gun.

  4. petrohof says:

    ship was carrying 7679 tons of general cargo, including 6000 tons of ammunition, foodstuffs and locomotives and tenders as deck cargo, no mention of tanks.

  5. Matt says:

    Actually it is a Sherman Firefly. The tell tale is the breech of the cannon laid on it’s side. It’s the only way the 17lb. cannon would fit in the turret. http://www.blitz72.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/IMG_6543.jpg

    • Bernkastel says:

      So was the gun on the M4A2(76), again the muzzle break is wrong for it to be a Fire Fly and so is the turret.

    • Sherman Geek says:

      No its not. The gun is clearly the late 76mm with a flash supressor and everything else you can see shows it to be a M4A2 76mm (W) meaning it is a late production tank with twin GMC diesels and the standard lend lease version being sent to the Soviets at the time the ship was sunk. This the the same type of Sherman the Soviet tank battalions using Shermans had when the took Vienna from the Germans. Much liked by the Soviets that used them. There might be a bottle of alcohol in the gun tube as this was a common practice, a present from the factory workers to the Russian soldiers. Probably Kentucky whisky.

  6. Matt says:

    Okay, I see it. Why was the 76mm in sideways on the M4A2(76), same reason as the Firefly?

  7. George says:

    Nice to see a Sherman with a decent gun. The first “Tommy cookers” were almost criminal to send into service.

  8. Mister Twister says:

    I want to know how the talk got there in the first place.

  9. Ben says:

    During WWII, we the USA leased the Russians all types of equipment tanks included. The real sad part was we were the only country that least equipment. England gave equipment to its Allies, we did a lease to own… No joke.

  10. komar says:

    it was the programm “lend and lease”

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