A WWII-era T-34 tank was recovered from the bottom of the Don River, in Voronezh region on Thursday. It’s estimated that the tank has been under water for over 70 years. It’s thought that the tank could be one of the last surviving units to be produced at the Stalingrad Tractor Plant.
It is understood the tank had been driving along a bridge across the river when it fell into the river, most likely in the early 1940s.
Experts did not immediately remove the tank in case it contained the remains of Russian soldiers.
The tank is believed to be one of the last surviving machines of its kind after most were destroyed in the war.The tank was pulled out using an armoured recovery vehicle, but it was no easy task.
The tank is estimated to weigh around 30 tonnes and was 23ft below the water’s surface.