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In August 1999 in Latvia in places of battles in Kurland (late December 1944) two Soviet tanks: T-34/85 and IS-2 of the 19th Tank Corps were extracted by a group of enthusiasts.
They sank in the marsh without crews and any damages while attempting to break through the defense line of German troops. The tanks are in good condition, particularly T-34/85 (year of prod. 1944). After having changed oil and some parts of the starter and refueling, three days after its lifting and cleaning from clay and peat, we were able to start the engine and to drive the tank. This fact was filmed by Latvian TV channel LNT.
The tanks are very well preserved, especially T-34. Their battalion numbers, painted in white, are clearly visible: A-412 (T-34) and 304 (IS-2). The tanks had almost 100% set of arms, ammunition, spare pats and instruments set. While extracting T-34 from a bog, it has lost one of its external fuel tanks. Probably, they remained in a bog and were lost during extraction of the tank, since both tanks laid in a bog upside down .
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
and especial not precision machined parts with ultra fine tollerances and bearings