"In the Surovikino district center of the Volgograd region, the T-34-76 tank was raised from the bottom of the Good River, the crew of which died heroically during the liberation of the city from German forces in December 1942.
According to experts, a combat vehicle manufactured by Nizhny Tagilsky tank the factory in September 1942, presumably, is one of ten legendary tanks that carried out the breakthrough of enemy forces in Surovikino on December 46, 49 as part of the first company of the 12th tank regiment of the 1942th mechanized brigade.
“It was one of the outstanding episodes of the Battle of Stalingrad,” said Mikhail Kudinov, director of the Volgograd Regional Center for Patriotic and Search Work, told V1.ru. - These tanks broke into Surovikino and without the cover of the infantry, which was cut off from them, fought an hour-long battle in the area of the cannery. Before these combat vehicles were destroyed by the enemy, they managed to destroy about 400 Nazi soldiers with fire and tracks. "
A tank in the Good River was discovered during a search expedition in December 2010. The members of the expedition - representatives of the Volgograd Regional Center for Patriotic and Search Work, members of the Search organization and the Horizont consolidated group of divers, decided to lift the tank before spring. As the search engines explain, it was even easier in the conditions of the frozen river than in the warm season. In addition, they wanted to coincide with this event on February 2 - another anniversary of the victory of the Soviet troops at Stalingrad.
According to the participants of the expedition, the operation to raise the tank was a difficult task and took about a week.
“About two years ago, some private collectors tried to pull out a tank, but it didn't work out,” said Dmitry Kufenko, head of the organization “Search”, told V1.ru. - These guys laid out around the tank a well of sandbags, prepared the shore, but for some reason did not complete the job. Whether finances ran out, or lost interest. Our combined search party coped with this task with the help of the BRM tank tractor, which was provided by the leadership of the 20 Motorized Rifle Brigade stationed in Volgograd. Another technique was much more difficult to do. Divers worked in the water for a whole week at air temperatures down to minus 15 degrees. Well done, they did it, and the car we raised now will certainly take a place in the exposition of some of the museums. ”
“The tank was at the water’s edge; under the silt was about 60-70 centimeters of its hull,” said Alexander Gusarov, deputy head of the regional search and rescue base in the Volgograd region. - When he was hooked and dragged to the shore, the cables rang like guitar strings. Each of us literally everything stood in his chest: a tractor, my dear, do not let me down! The tank crashed into the shore, dug into it, had to call the excavator, dig it. In general, they pulled out long and hard. They very much wanted to find the so-called “mortal medallion”, but, unfortunately, it did not work out. We have an assumption that the found remains belong to the radio operator. Nevertheless, there is a chance to restore the names of tankers by engine number and factory number of the tank. ”
At the tank lifted from the river, the tower and the stern bronelist are completely absent. In addition, he has at least three holes from artillery shells, which were fired at a combat vehicle with direct fire at close range. The rest of the armored colossus is pretty well preserved: the engine is broken, but is in place, the tracks and the wheels are intact. The cause of the death of the tank and its crew was the explosion of ammunition. Found the remains of one of the crew members, whose name along with the names of his comrades search engines intend to establish when working with archives.
In the museum-reserve "Battle of Stalingrad" meanwhile showed genuine interest in the potential exhibit.
“One of the tasks of the museum is to replenish the collection, therefore, it would be an official crime on our part to allow this tank to go somewhere to the side,” admitted V1.ru, director of the museum-panorama “The Battle of Stalingrad” Alexei Vasin. - Especially since we do not have a single armored vehicle unit that would participate in hostilities. Presented in the exhibition in front of the museum-panorama two tanks T-34-85 were released in 1946 year. They have completely different tools.
The problem with this tank is that it does not have a tower, so it will have to be restored. We are in close contact with our colleagues from the Don Museum, they have an unbroken tank tower. It is possible that there are similar towers in the Volgograd region, we are still clarifying this information. At the moment we are preparing a package of documents for appeal to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation with a request to give us this tank. If everything is in order, after the machine is restored, we will include it in the main exhibition. We need to gradually get rid of the "newcomers", replacing them with real "combat" exhibits.(C)
My photo gallery of this tank also belongs to that time:
The impact of the fatal "blanks" fell into the starboard side, just above the rink behind the gunner-radio operator's seat - exactly into the ammunition.
The explosion of BK tore down the tower, the suspension screens and Lobovyk cracked like glass
Tanks and the engine almost did not touch, only the top sheet broke.
45mm frontal armor cracked like glass, tore the bow beam, and the mechvod hatch and knocked out, despite the closed zadrayka.
It is terrible to watch and understand that there were real people in the flames of this hellfire. Our grandfathers.
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