An amazing find!
In September 2000, a Komatsu dozer pulled out an abandoned tank from the bottom of a lake near Johvi, Estonia. Soviet T34/76A tank that had been sitting for 56 years. And the pictures prove that it’s in AMAZING condition after all those years in the water.
At that time, a local boy walking by the lake Kurtna Matasjarv noticed tank tracks leading into the lake, but not coming out anywhere. For two months he saw air bubbles emerging from the lake. This gave him reason to believe that there must be an armoured vehicle at the lake’s bottom. A few years ago, he told the story to the leader of the local war history club “Otsing”. Together with other club members, Mr Igor Shedunov initiated diving expeditions to the bottom of the lake about a year ago. At the depth of 7 metres they discovered the tank resting under a 3-metre layer of peat.
The latest news about the tank:
Have successfully started the diesel engine not replacing any spare part.
Have replaced only bearings on skating rolls.
Assembly of the tank will soon come to the end and it will be ready to trial runs.
It is planned in the following season to carry on tourists and to show it as a working exhibit of our museum.
Wow, It started up!? You can see the video of it starting up and more details here.