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The Old Russian Vet and His Tank

#1
An old WW2 Russian tank army veteran has finally found his own tank on which he passed through all the war standing in small Russian town as a monument and got emotionally shocked that people worried his heart won’t be able to cope with this.

http://englishrussia.com/?p=1948

msr
 
#3
That was a lucky find for him: one unique tank out of 57,000 T-34s destroyed or spread around the world.

I wonder how true/ old/ accurate the story is.... I didn't see it mentioned anywhere else in the Russian press recently. Has he been travelling around all of the FSU looking for his tank, or did someone make a database of memorial tanks and bring them together?
 
#4
msr said:
An old WW2 Russian tank army veteran has finally found his own tank on which he passed through all the war standing in small Russian town as a monument and got emotionally shocked that people worried his heart won’t be able to cope with this.
Is it too naïve a question, should I already know the answer, as to why we don’t have such monuments?
 
#5
RCT(V) said:
msr said:
An old WW2 Russian tank army veteran has finally found his own tank on which he passed through all the war standing in small Russian town as a monument and got emotionally shocked that people worried his heart won’t be able to cope with this.
Is it too naïve a question, should I already know the answer, as to why we don’t have such monuments?
I think we weighed ours in.
 
#8
But why does he think we'd be interested in his tub of Eucryl?

 
#9
Eucryl? nonsense that's Patum Pepparium you blindworm, you!
 
#10
RCT(V) said:
msr said:
An old WW2 Russian tank army veteran has finally found his own tank on which he passed through all the war standing in small Russian town as a monument and got emotionally shocked that people worried his heart won’t be able to cope with this.
Is it too naïve a question, should I already know the answer, as to why we don’t have such monuments?
Much as I hate to piss on your bonfire, we do.

There's a MkIII Centurion outside Eastbourne redoubt. I highly recommend a visit, as the museum has a huge collection, especially items from the Royal Sussex Regt.

The tank sits outside the fort, and there is a very small picture + more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastbourne_Redoubt

While I agree there should be more, don't be so bloody cynical! :p
 
#11
Hugh_Jardon said:
RCT(V) said:
msr said:
An old WW2 Russian tank army veteran has finally found his own tank on which he passed through all the war standing in small Russian town as a monument and got emotionally shocked that people worried his heart won’t be able to cope with this.
Is it too naïve a question, should I already know the answer, as to why we don’t have such monuments?
Much as I hate to piss on your bonfire, we do.

There's a MkIII Centurion outside Eastbourne redoubt. I highly recommend a visit, as the museum has a huge collection, especially items from the Royal Sussex Regt.

The tank sits outside the fort, and there is a very small picture + more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastbourne_Redoubt

While I agree there should be more, don't be so bloody cynical! :p
Don't forget the one in Thetford Forest...
 
#12
I rather liked this;

Linky
 
#13
There is also a Sherman in the car park at Slapton Sands...

 
#14
toxic_avenger said:
JS-II if you're being pedantic. Just needs the whitewashed stripe across the turret, then straight on down to the centre of Berlin.
Good grief check your AFV recce skills, its a T-34/85. Christie type running gear a dead give away. The IS (aka JS) range were all evolved from the KV servies and had running gear with return rollers - oh aye and were a damn site bigger.



Hats off to the old boy by the way, the 34's during the latter part of the war had a horribly high attrition rate in some very VERY fierce combat, the wagon is as lucky as its former occupant to still be here! :worship:
 

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#15
Hugh_Jardon said:
RCT(V) said:
msr said:
An old WW2 Russian tank army veteran has finally found his own tank on which he passed through all the war standing in small Russian town as a monument and got emotionally shocked that people worried his heart won’t be able to cope with this.
Is it too naïve a question, should I already know the answer, as to why we don’t have such monuments?
Much as I hate to piss on your bonfire, we do.

There's a MkIII Centurion outside Eastbourne redoubt. I highly recommend a visit, as the museum has a huge collection, especially items from the Royal Sussex Regt.

The tank sits outside the fort, and there is a very small picture + more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastbourne_Redoubt

While I agree there should be more, don't be so bloody cynical! :p
I ran a thread on it recently! Tank is rotting away as is the ferret!
 

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