T34 “Sniper” from the bottom of the swamp
The history of this tank is not unusual. There were many such incidents during World War II. However, each story is interesting in its own way.
It was a Soviet T-34 tank of the 1942 model. The combat vehicle was part of the 33rd tank brigade of the 2nd mechanized corps of the 3rd shock army. A tank sank in a swamp near the village of Malakhovo (Novosokolnichesky district of the Pskov region) during the Velikoluksky offensive operation in December 1942.
A distinctive feature of the T-34 model of 1942 was the faceted hexagonal tower. Depending on the place of manufacture, it could be either cast or stamped. Most of the tanks produced in 1942 due to a shortage of rubber were equipped with rollers with internal shock absorption. Only the front and rear rollers were rubberized, the rest were all-metal.
In the spring of 2003, a resident of the village of Malakhovo pointed out to the historical community of the Pskov region the place where the combat vehicle sank. In the summer of that year, the tank was raised from a 6-meter depth of the swamp. No holes or traces of hits on the tank were found. There were no crew remains either: most likely the tankists managed to leave the tank before it sank. By the way, the tank was named – on the left side of the tower you can see an inscription “Sniper”.
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“Sniper” was restored to running condition. Currently, the T-34 Sniper tank takes part in historical reconstructions of military operations and solemn events of the Patriot park, and is used in events showing the dynamic capabilities of the tank.