A tank LT vz.38 “Prague” and a cowshed… The story of how fate has united them
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 Second World War, 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.
At the time of the retreat, in one of the cowsheds there was a broken tank LT vz.38 “Prague”, which Germans did not manage to repair. To prevent the tank from being taken the army of the Soviet Union, they burned it along with the cowshed.
When they began to restore the cowshed (brick pillars survived) the question arose of how to remove the tank. There were no tractors in the village, so people just dug a hole under the tank and buried it. Thus, the tank lay for 50 years in the land, 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 tank. In 1999, the tank was excavated by the local historical community.
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.