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.
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.
And here it comes. Wheels don’t rotate – probably the gear is locked.
Here is a video:
After a few hours it becomes clear that there is no crew inside of the tank and everyone sighs with relief. In general, it was confirmed to be a big luck to find a tank in such “good” condition as usually tanks in river are being blown up so that they don’t interfere with ships.
Also, you might wonder who will be the owner of the tank? According to the law, all Soviet tanks even abandoned, belong to the Ministry of the Defense. So Army would decide where it goes later.