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Raising World War II tank from the bottom of the Neva River

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A Klim Voroshilov KV-1 heavy tank which sank during World War II has been raised from the bottom of the Neva River in the Leningrad Region’s Kirov District and not far from the Nevsky Pyatachok (Neva Bridgehead).

A Klim Voroshilov KV-1 heavy tank which sank during World War II has been raised from the bottom of the Neva River in the Leningrad Region’s Kirov District and not far from the Nevsky Pyatachok (Neva Bridgehead).

© RIA Novosti . Sergei Ermokhin / Go to the photo bankA Klim Voroshilov KV-1 heavy tank which sank during World War II has been raised from the bottom of the Neva River in the Leningrad Region’s Kirov District and not far from the Nevsky Pyatachok (Neva Bridgehead).
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A Klim Voroshilov KV-1 heavy tank which sank during World War II has been raised from the bottom of the Neva River in the Leningrad Region’s Kirov District and not far from the Nevsky Pyatachok (Neva Bridgehead).
© RIA Novosti . Sergei Ermokhin / Go to the photo bankThe salvage operation was hindered by stormy weather and by the fact that the Neva River is 15 meters deep in this area.
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The salvage operation was hindered by stormy weather and by the fact that the Neva River is 15 meters deep in this area.
© RIA Novosti . Sergei Ermokhin / Go to the photo bankDespite this, soldiers from the Western Military District’s 90th Detached Special Search Battalion and employees from the Battle of Leningrad Museum successfully completed the tank salvage operation in the evening of Tuesday, November 15. The tank will become a museum exhibit.
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Despite this, soldiers from the Western Military District’s 90th Detached Special Search Battalion and employees from the Battle of Leningrad Museum successfully completed the tank salvage operation in the evening of Tuesday, November 15. The tank will become a museum exhibit.
© RIA Novosti . Sergei Ermokhin / Go to the photo bankSpecialists from the Emergencies Ministry involved in the salvage operation have removed the tank’s remaining ammunition for disposal. As no human remains were found inside the tank, it appears that the crew managed to abandon the sinking tank.
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Specialists from the Emergencies Ministry involved in the salvage operation have removed the tank’s remaining ammunition for disposal. As no human remains were found inside the tank, it appears that the crew managed to abandon the sinking tank.
© RIA Novosti . Sergei Ermokhin / Go to the photo bankIt appears the tank had gone down while crossing the river on a pontoon enroute to the front.
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It appears the tank had gone down while crossing the river on a pontoon enroute to the front.
© RIA Novosti . Sergei Ermokhin / Go to the photo bankAfter determining the numbers of the KV-1 tank’s units and systems, museum employees will leaf through archive records, search for evidence of the crew’s fate and will even be able to locate their relatives and family members.
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After determining the numbers of the KV-1 tank’s units and systems, museum employees will leaf through archive records, search for evidence of the crew’s fate and will even be able to locate their relatives and family members.
© RIA Novosti . Sergei Ermokhin / Go to the photo bankThe tank will be delivered to the museum workshops where its armament will be removed. After it is rebuilt, the tank is to remain in the Leningrad Region and will take part in historical parades and reenactments.
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The tank will be delivered to the museum workshops where its armament will be removed. After it is rebuilt, the tank is to remain in the Leningrad Region and will take part in historical parades and reenactments.
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