14 July 2016 of the year. Neighborhood of the village Ukrainian Buylovka Podgorensky district of Voronezh region. Cloudless sky, + 35 degrees and total calm. Pleasure, let's say something else. But on the water a dozen and two "small boats", that is, boats, and the coast are filled with people. Information swept through the district that they would raise "that very tank."
Let's face it: about the fact that at the bottom of the Don in the vicinity of the village lies a tank, everyone knew there. How many screws were bent about him, how many hooks and lures were left on him by local fishermen, there was no secret for anyone in the area. Everyone knew about the tank in the surrounding villages of Russian and Ukrainian Buylovki.
And so, after the expedition of the Patriot Park, which is more than 700 miles away, it was decided to climb. Moreover, the command was given not by anyone, but by our first geographer and part-time Defense Minister Shoigu. And, of course, the process has begun. Still not to go, since it all started.
In general, unfortunately, on the rivers and swamps of our country, many more units of military equipment are resting. Why is this tank, lying at the bottom of the Don God knows where?
The expedition of divers from the club of underwater divers of the Central Sports Club of the Armed Forces of Russia, together with specialists from the museum of Vadim Zadorozhny and the Patriot park, examined the tank and concluded that the tank was not a simple one.
It turned out that the tank is unique. Moreover, the only one of less than 1000 produced at the Stalingrad Tractor Plant for the period 1941 - 1942, which has come down to our times.
It was decided to lift.
Representatives of the Patriot park, the museum of Zadorozhny, search engines, army divers and members of the engineering troops of the Western Military District participated. Without the help of the latter, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, anything worthwhile was hardly possible.
And, of course, representatives about 30 media of our country. Naturally, without "Military Outlook" has not done. We will not discuss the appearance on the Don shores of representatives of NTV, distracted from Gangster Petersburg, Ments and other broken lamps, let us just say that this is our business, and that’s the point.
Of course, it was not easy to shoot in the current conditions, the locals, having heard about the rise, decided to see everything with their own eyes, and, I confess, they greatly interfered with the film crews.
In general, everything resembled a certain military operation. Boats (including the police boat and the Emergencies Ministry boat), the copters hanging above the lift point, many military ... However, you can be sure. Photos will, of course, be inferior to the dynamic video of the second novel, but ...
It looked like the water area of the Don in the place of recovery.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations boat put things in order, somewhat dispersing those who wanted to see the rise tank.
Began the process of raising.
Here it should be noted that military divers and engineers have done a lot of work before lifting. The tank was hooked and pulled up to the shore, so we got the most interesting thing - the landfall.
Cables rang from tension, which caused some concern. It's no joke, 30 tons of tank weight, plus water, plus sludge, which pretty much stuck to the car.
BREM, the workhorse of military engineers.
Cables had to reattach several times.
And then, finally, after half an hour, the Thirty-Four was on the shore.
Firefighters from Podgorny actively poured the clayey shore to facilitate the climb.
Another peresepka cables. The sixth in a row.
At the finish line.
And T-34 on a flat surface.
The firefighters tried to clean up the sludge and started spilling the car from the inside.
The cool guy from the local, treated everyone with water from a local spring. It was very useful, because it was very hot and their reserves quickly ran out. Broad Russian soul, fortunately thirsting.
First of all, everyone was concerned about the question: is there a crew inside the tank? And first of all, into the hatches opened with the help of special tools, experts went inside to find out exactly this question.
The answer was no, to the delight of all the witnesses. The crew in the tank was not.
In general, it was assumed that the crew managed to leave the tank, since the car sank as a result of damage to the pontoon during the bombing of the crossing. Everyone was very pleased to hear confirmation of this. The people rejoiced from the heart.
Began excavation of ammunition. Ammunition in the car was full. The picture shows one of the disks for the diesel fuel tank, "Degtyarev-tank".
Who will go for shells?
Considering how many viewers there were, they decided to postpone the shelling the next day. Just in case.
But with machine-gun disks began to work right there, without departing from the tank. The cartridges were in working condition, 1936 year of release mainly production plant number 60.
After unloading the shells, the tank will be loaded onto a platform that was already waiting nearby, and sent to Patriot Park, which is in Alabino near Moscow. Park specialists have the confidence that the tank will not just be restored, but put on the course. Well, as promised, but it was promised to show it at the exhibition "ARMY-2016", which we naturally visit, then we will tell you how our friend is doing.
The help of real specialists is pleasant, the attention of the Ministry of Defense and Shoigu personally is pleasant. As we know, on July 15 he will personally hear the report on this operation.
And about what place in the exposition of the park "Patriot" this T-34 will take, we will tell you in September. So if we say goodbye to the Stalingrad tank, then not for long.