A tank LT vz. 38 Prague and a cowshed. How did found him there?
In one of the cowsheds there was found a broken tank LT vz. 38 Prague, Germans did not manage to repair this tank. To prevent the tank from being taken the army of the Soviet Union, they burned it along with the cowshed.
This story happened in the village of Manege, which is located in the Moscow region of Russia. This is a small village with a population of 200 people. During the World War II, the Wehrmacht troops captured this village, and stayed in it for several months. In the local cowsheds, the Germans repaired their tanks and other heavy equipment. When Soviet troops approached the village, liberating the occupied territories of the Soviet Union, the Germans quickly left the village.
How the LT vz. 38 Prague tank was found
When they began to restore the cowshed (brick pillars survived) the question arose of how to remove the tank LT vz. 38 Prague. There were no tractors in the village, so people just dug a hole under the tank and buried it. Thus, the found tank LT vz. 38 Prague lay for 50 years in the ground, which was regularly fertilized by the cows living in this barn.
The deceased Usanevich Sr., director of the Lenin-Snegirevsky Museum, told about the location of this LT vz. 38 Prague tank. In 1999, the tank was excavated by the local historical community.
Excavations of the found tank
After restoration, the tank was given as a present to the Moscow museum and installed in Victory park on Poklonnaya Hill where it is located to this day.