"Black Knife Division": the Germans called the Soviet volunteer tank corps

"Black Knife Division": the Germans called the Soviet volunteer tank corps

History The Great Patriotic War knows many examples of how individual citizens and labor collectives donated their funds so that they could build military equipment and send them to the front. But there is a truly unique case in this story.


It consists in the formation of the only tank corps, the combat vehicles for which were built solely on the voluntary donations of Soviet citizens.

The fighters of the corps were provided with standard weapons, as well as those that, in essence, gave an informal name to this formation. We are talking about Finnish-style knives made of Zlatoust steel. The handle and scabbard of such knives for tankers were black. At the same time, the armature of the scabbard and guard were bursting so that there was no unmasking shine in the sun. That is why in the enemy’s reports, the Soviet volunteer tank the corps was called the "Black Knife Division". So the Germans designated the Ural corps.

This tank corps of the Red Army was provided with everything necessary by several Ural enterprises. A documentary prepared by the Ministry of Culture of the Perm Territory tells about the history of the creation of this corps, its glorious military pages from Orel to Prague:

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  1. Mavrikiy 24 May 2020 05: 50 New
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    But there is a truly unique case in this story.
    Well why. Until recently, on Ruin, they also enthusiastically collected denyuzhki “Everything for the ATO”. And they didn’t collect enough, even there wasn’t enough for the brigade, so little money in the country, oligarchs didn’t have enough. repeat
    1. svp67 24 May 2020 06: 22 New
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      Quote: Mavrikiy
      Until recently, on Ruin, they also enthusiastically collected denyuzhki “Everything for the ATO”.

      This is all over the country, and here is one of the regions ... Then it was done very hard and hard ... People worked to the limit already, and here they had to work through "I can’t and I don’t have the strength", people who went to the brigades of the corps they didn’t draft into the army, for various reasons, including health and age, those who could remain in the rear and dressed and armed with what was produced right there in the Urals left.
      In Yekaterinburg on the forecourt square, in honor of these events, such a monument was erected ...
      1. Shuttle 24 May 2020 07: 51 New
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        Quote: svp67

        In Yekaterinburg on the forecourt square, in honor of these events, such a monument was erected ...

        All right write. Only the monument was not erected in Yekaterinburg, but in Sverdlovsk. Although it now stands really in Yekaterinburg.
      2. Mouse 24 May 2020 11: 45 New
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        This is alive! Give everything to yourself !!!
  2. Errr 24 May 2020 06: 04 New
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    Here it is - the “black” Zlatoust blade, the knife of the HP-40 reconnaissance model of 1940.
    1. svp67 24 May 2020 06: 25 New
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      Quote: Herrr
      Here it is - the “black” Zlatoust blade, the knife of the HP-40 reconnaissance model of 1940.

      Not really, originally for the "Schwarzmesser Panzer Division" there were blued knives ...
      1. Mavrikiy 24 May 2020 06: 46 New
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        Quote: svp67
        Not really, originally for the "Schwarzmesser Panzer Division" there were blued knives ...

        Write in Russian: "Stalin Special Ural Volunteer Corps" angry Or you are only interested in pictures.
        1. svp67 24 May 2020 07: 01 New
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          Quote: Mavrikiy
          Write in Russian: "Stalin Special Ural Volunteer Corps"

          Then you write completely
          Special 10th Guards Ural-Lviv Tank Volunteer Corps named after Stalin.
          1. Mavrikiy 25 May 2020 10: 28 New
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            Quote: svp67
            Quote: Mavrikiy
            Write in Russian: "Stalin Special Ural Volunteer Corps"

            Then you write completely
            Special 10th Guards Ural-Lviv Tank Volunteer Corps named after Stalin.
            What we juggle with words. If you wrote nonsense, so admit it. Your crap negative
            Not really, originally for the "Schwarzmesser Panzer Division" there were blued knives ...
            Knives were made for OUDK them. I.V. Stalin and the people raised money for the corps, not the Schwarzmesser Panzer Division angry and the Lviv corps was not yet. repeat hi
      2. Errr 24 May 2020 07: 58 New
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        Unfortunately:
        The hilt and scabbard were made of wood and painted black (to avoid unmasking during night operations), however the blade was not burnished and coated.
        what
        https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Нож_разведчика#Характеристики
      3. Vladimir_2U 25 May 2020 05: 12 New
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        It's about Finnish knives
        Finca and Garda are mutually exclusive concepts.
    2. Mordvin 3 24 May 2020 07: 47 New
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      Quote: Herrr
      Scout knife HP-40 model 1940.

      Army knife, sample of the 41st year.
      1. Errr 24 May 2020 08: 02 New
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        All true. smile
        NA-40 and HP-40 are two names of the same knife.
        1. Mordvin 3 24 May 2020 08: 07 New
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          Quote: Herrr
          NA-40 and HP-40 are two names of the same knife.

          Number 40 is useless.
          1. Errr 24 May 2020 08: 19 New
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            As they say, nothing personal at all:
            The most famous and used designations are NA-40 or HP-40, that is, an army knife (machine gunner) or a reconnaissance knife of the 1940 model (the gunners and scouts were primarily armed with knives, hence the names), but the confirmed production of this model was only begun in 1942 at the Zlatoust instrumental plant named after Lenin, No. 259 (abbr. ZIK), and according to the available technical documents, it passes exactly like the 1941 model.
            https://zen.yandex.ru/media/id/5cec5a20ae6fed00b3fbf33b/armeiskie-noji-krasnoi-armii-v-velikoi-otechestvennoi-voine-territoriia-dogadok-an41-5e171962433ecc00ae3fe724
            1. Mordvin 3 24 May 2020 08: 48 New
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              Quote: Herrr
              The most famous and used designations are NA-40 or HP-40, that is, an army knife

              Which is historically wrong. Yes, to hell with them, even if they want, they call it that.
  3. Mavrikiy 24 May 2020 06: 37 New
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    Nowhere did I hear that the corps bore the name of Stalin, is it wrong? (8:15 in the documents flickers)
  4. Shuttle 24 May 2020 08: 14 New
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    What kind of fashion is this ?!
    I watched the first 20 seconds of the chronicle after the credits and ... again Medal of honor. The truth is now only sounds. Is there anything at hand or what? A generation brought up by igrodely. Fu educators.
  5. CommanderDIVA 24 May 2020 09: 15 New
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    The assignment of this corps was the 10th Guards Tank Division, withdrawn from Germany to the city of Boguchar, Voronezh Region in the 90s, then it was reduced to a storage base under Serdyukov, in 2015, against the background of events in Ukraine, they formed 1 guards separate tank brigade, at one time the division had a good museum, at the entrance to the former military camp there was a monument to the T-34, the guardsmen bring it from Germany
  6. businessv 24 May 2020 15: 34 New
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    A documentary prepared by the Ministry of Culture of the Perm Territory tells about the history of the creation of this corps, its glorious military pages from Orel to Prague:
    Colleagues, you can minus me, but if I'm interested in video materials, I look for them on the relevant sites. In recent years, more and more often refer to the same sites! Friends publishers, please post written materials here! Dear authors, write as they wrote! There is no time for an hour or more to watch the video, although the material, of course, can be very interesting.
  7. Egorov Oleg 25 May 2020 07: 31 New
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    I served in this division (1985-87), this is the 10th Guards Tank Ural-Lviv twice the Red Banner, the Order of the Red Banner, etc. (I don’t remember all the regalia) division, in the Western Group of Forces it was based in Alten Grabovo (Old Grave) during the war it was the 10th Tank Ural Volunteer Corps (even our tank regiments numbers coincided with the numbers of tank brigades during the war 61, 62 , 63.), when he was serving, they said about this story, by the way, and now there is such a chatter about these Black Knives, that it’s not at all comfortable, this division is standing in Boguchary, Voronezh Region. after the withdrawal of the troops there were some muddy stories with apartments (in 1993 I met the technique of a tank company in which I served, said that the families were almost evicted to tents when they left Germany.)
    1. Romka47 25 May 2020 10: 34 New
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      Boguchar is called a city, the division stands in Boguchar. Yes, tin was going on there, but recently everyone began to put things in order, now (they say) they are almost exemplary, and they will not get out of the exercises.
      1. Egorov Oleg 25 May 2020 17: 16 New
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        The question is, is it the division now or has been reorganized into brigades at the initiative of Serdyukov’s maman.
        1. Romka47 26 May 2020 09: 49 New
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          I won’t immediately answer this, I can find out where friends serve there (she’s 50 km from her native village), they constantly talk about exercises, “fields”. I will ask a question, they will answer if I unsubscribe hi
  8. Roman 4912 25 May 2020 22: 49 New
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    Did the tankers have knives? And if there were, then why not like the rest of the parts?