2 Soviet T-34 Tank Raised from the Bottom of the Don River

Soviet T-34 Tank Raised from the Bottom of the Don River

Posted on February 14, 2017 by tim




A team of enthusiasts has pulled out a real T-34 tank from the bottom of the Don river. It’s all started with a phone call: guy called and said that they found a WW2 tank on the river bottom! So the divers were sent first to make a video and confirm that the tank is indeed intact and the rescue operation can be performed. Then we have a few videos and photos on how it was..




Then they arrived to place where it was. Here how it looked – just a regular river shore.





So they took a truck, a long length metal cord and arrived to the place.8591041s-960


Divers went on the bottom and put the metal cords on the tank.cdd1041s-960


Then they called the local army and they sent  a couple of BRDM vehicles to help pull the tank out of the river.

Here is all is prepared on this video:


And here is the lifting operation starting. Little by little tank starts appearing:



And rescue team starts removing sand with water from the tank. They are still not sure if the crew was inside or not so they use water with high caution passing it all thru their palms so that not to loose any fragment of possible body or anything. Here is a video:



So, 74 years later, tank leaves its parking spot on the Don river bottom and appears ashore.





The manholes are open, it leaves little chance that people were inside when tank sank. b571041s-960


After inspecting the tank for a while they release the cords and tank goes back to its bottom, as they didn’t have a plan to raise it in just one day. Today was just an inspection.cff1041s-960


Next day it was an official operation of tank lifting. People were invited, banners were posted around.f149041s-960


And so they start moving it again.66c9041s-960


And here it comes. Wheels don’t rotate – probably the gear is locked.

Here is a video:








And those are tank ammo, that still is mounted on its body. It was passed to a team of sappers for an inspection.


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2 Responses to “Soviet T-34 Tank Raised from the Bottom of the Don River”

  1. john dudley says:

    Awesome job by all who took part in it’s new life, well done very cool too see.

  2. KLD says:

    Looks like a Model 1942 T-34B. Really nice condition. Man, I wish I had a few million to restore this beauty.

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