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Old 02-03-2018, 09:14 AM   #1
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First video all the bearings are intact and wheels roll and all other mechanisms function after 70 some years. Steel doesn't decay or rust in the swamp as there is no access of oxygen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4MHH9DX0mU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvBF71jexvQ
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Old 02-03-2018, 01:04 PM   #2
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:52 AM   #3
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The Russian soil is unbelievable. The tank just rolls out like it's been there just a few days instead of 70+ years.
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:17 PM   #4
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Any history behind those 2 tanks?
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:26 PM   #5
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They were at war and had drawn in a fog near the Novosokolniki town (not far from Velikie Luki).

Several tanks and other techniks was found in that area.

"Smeliy" (Brave) is a monument now somewhere in the Pskov region.
"Dovator" (soviet general) can be observed in "Poklonnaya Gora" museum (Moscow).
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:03 PM   #6
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How do they know where to look? They have pulled quite a few out of the muck, can't just be some lucky slob with a metal detector
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The condition is remarkable. I was cringing when the worker was hitting the unit markings with the high pressure hose.
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:06 AM   #8
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How do they know where to look? They have pulled quite a few out of the muck, can't just be some lucky slob with a metal detector
I've always wondered that myself maybe they run an advert on local Russian TV...Did you see a tank sink in your local swamp?,while dodging bullets and artillery salvos
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:32 PM   #9
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Amazing! Interesting to see that both were upside-down.
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They were going to sleep.
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How do they know where to look? They have pulled quite a few out of the muck, can't just be some lucky slob with a metal detector
I believe unit battle logs and local village witnesses are the source for most. Probably the work of a few dedicated relic hunters that chase these stories down.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:50 PM   #12
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The Russian soil is unbelievable. The tank just rolls out like it's been there just a few days instead of 70+ years.
Indeed! The bog in Europe does that to matter. The T-34 could have stayed there for the next one thousand years and still be in good condition. Check the Bog People that have been hidden away for thousands of years:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bog_bodies

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