KV-1 tank recovered from swamp in Belarus

According to Minsk Capital Television, earlier this month the remains of a WW2 era KV-1 heavy tank was retrieved from a swamp in the Vitebsk region of Belarus.  Efforts to retrieve the tank took several days as the vehicle hull was said to lie at depth of over three meters of water.  The TV story notes that the plan is to reconstruct the tank as a museum piece.


From the Vault: British Report on Soviet V-2 Diesel Engine

Today we present one more English 1944 report on Soviet equipment posted on Scribd.  This report examines the V-2 12 cylinder diesel tank engine used in both the T-34 and the KV-1.  This is a very thorough report, being almost as long as the similar reports on the vehicles themselves (posted here and here.) Detailed information on the V-2 engine is not all that easy to find in English, so this report should prove quite useful to those with a particular interest in the V-2 diesel.  Click on the image below to view the report at Scribd.

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From the Vault: 1944 British Report on T-34 and KV-1

At Scribd there are posted two British 1944 reports examining a Soviet T-34 and a KV-1 tank.  There are several interesting aspects to these reports.  The British report writers seem relatively impressed with the Russian vehicles, stating that:

The design shows a clear-headed appreciation of the essential of the an effective tank and the requirements of war, duly adjusted to the particular characteristics of the Russian soldier, the terrain and the manufacturing facilities available.  When it is considered how recently Russia has become industrialized and how great a proportion of the industrialized regions have been over-run by the enemy, with consequent loss of hurried evacuation of plant and workers, the design and production of such useful tanks in such great numbers stands out as an engineering achievement of the first magnitude.

For those that like to obsess over armor, the reports include fairly detailed diagrams noting the thickness of armor for each vehicle, including Brinell hardness figures.  Click on cover image to go to the Scribd page.

T-34 cover kv cover