Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

Ivan, Russian blogger has visited a pretty unique place – a Shikotan island – belonging now to Russia but is constantly claimed by Japan as their land. It’s not a big piece of land – just 225 square km, and the population is 2,100. However see how beautifully abandoned old Soviet tanks match the nice scenery around! Let’s go inside:

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

The locals call this place  “The Tank Hill”. Locals mainly do fishing for their living and can’t scrap the tanks as they are on the island and transportation is not worth it. So the tanks are still there!

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

This photos were made in Midst October last year. Ivan says too much mosquitoes to stand were around.

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

So he went up the Tank Hill.

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

And here comes the first tank! You can’t see them from the sea, says Ivan, only unclose.

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

Because its a fall time the grass is already fading and you can see them. In summer its nearly to impossible when the grass is high, says Ivan.

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

That’s another one.

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

And here you can sneak under the machine to see what’s there.

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

He says locals say that those tanks are fully functional still, no matter they look rusty.

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

“It’s weird how its aiming the peaceful city”, says Ivan.

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

Those two poles that’s the only thing what is left from the army base around, the locals got it all.

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan

And this is the only building left.

Hope you liked the view of those old tanks, big thanks to Ivan for his effort!

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8 thoughts on “Abandoned Soviet Tanks on Shikotan Island Next to Japan”

  1. Apparently that IS-3 tank was used as a static pillbox, judging from the trench running under it. The crew would use it to go inside through a lower hatch without having to expose themselves to the enemy. I doubt it’s functional, I think its engine might have been cannibalised for other machines.

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  2. This island was discovered by the Russian Great Northern Expedition in the years 1733–1743 and is inhabited mostly by ethnic Russians engaged in fishing and fish processing; the tanks on the pictures above (IS-2 – 1, 11; IS-3 – 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14) were once used as rotating turrets for protecting the Soviet border. There is also a geophysical observatory and a large fish processing plant located on this island.

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  3. And those are pretty unique tanks IS-3 (Iosif Stalin 3). Would be a pretty good idea to keep them there and organize WWII trips for Japanese tourists.

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  4. They may have been functional when the army left them there, although I can’t imagine them not taking the breech block out at least. Anyway, shoving an antitank round or HE round in there and pulling the trigger would lead to a rather short,hot and loud life.

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