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**New Barn Find, you will not believe this**

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by taskforceranger506, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. taskforceranger506
    Joined: May 22, 2006
    Posts: 291


    I know this has nothing to do with this site...But some of you might enjoy some history from WW II. At the bottom of the page you must see the videos of this tank being pulled out and the ehgines fired up after some cleaning out.

    WW-II Trophy tank

    14 September 2000, a Komatsu D375A-2 pulled an abandoned tank from its archival tomb under the bottom of a lake near Johvi, Estonia. The Soviet-built T34/76A tank had been resting at the bottom of the lake for 56 years. According to its specifications, it's a 27-tonne machine with a top speed of 53km/h.

    From February to September 1944, heavy battles were fought in the narrow, 50 km-wide, Narva front in the northeastern part of Estonia. Over 100,000 men were killed and 300,000 men were wounded there. During battles in the summer of 1944, the tank was captured from the Soviet army and used by the German army. (This is the reason that there are German markings painted on the tank's exterior.) On 19 September 1944, German troops began an organised retreat along the Narva front. It is suspected that the tank was then purposefully driven into the lake, abandoning it when its captors left the area.

    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.

    Enthusiasts from the club, under Mr Shedunov's leadership, decided to pull the tank out. In September 2000 they turned to Mr Aleksander Borovkovthe, manager of the Narva open pit of the stock company AS Eesti Polevkivi, to rent the company's Komatsu D375A-2 bulldozer. Currently used at the pit, the Komatsu dozer was manufactured in 1995, and has 19,000 operating hours without major repairs.

    The pulling operation began at 09:00 and was concluded at 15:00, with several technical breaks. The weight of the tank, combined with the travel incline, made a pulling operation that required significant muscle. The D375A-2 handled the operation with power and style. The weight of the fully armed tank was around 30 tons, so the tractive force required to retrieve it was similar. A main requirement for the 68-tonne dozer was to have enough weight to prevent shoe-slip while moving up the hill.

    After the tank surfaced, it turned out to be a 'trophy' tank, that had been captured by the German army in the course of the battle at Sinimaed (Blue Hills) about six weeks before it was sunk in the lake. Altogether, 116 shells were found on board. Remarkably, the tank was in good condition, with no rust, and all systems (except the engine) in working condition.
    This is a very rare machine, especially considering that it fought both on the Russian and the German sides. Plans are under way to fully restore the tank. It will be displayed at a war history museum, that will be founded at the Gorodenko village on the left bank of the River Narva.

    Looking at the two tracked machines, the modern yellow Komatsu dozer is a reminder of how machine technologies have advanced, and the region's prospects of peace and prosperity have brightened.




    Here are some videos of her coming out of her watery grave and the Videos have been thru our SECURITY FOR VIRUS AND PASS SO DON'T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING. THANKS FOR LOOKING AND HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY.
  2. touchdowntodd
    Joined: Jan 15, 2005
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  3. taskforceranger506
    Joined: May 22, 2006
    Posts: 291


    Where!!???!!!??? Lol.
  4. Wow, that is the coolest fucking thing I have seen on here in a LONG time!!!

  5. Thirdyfivepickup
    Joined: Nov 5, 2002
    Posts: 6,093


  6. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,277


    Pretty damn cool!
    But 19,000 hrs on a Komatsu with no MAJOR repairs??? Hmmm....:rolleyes:
  7. 21tat
    Joined: Jun 8, 2006
    Posts: 829


    Very cool story. Thanks.
  8. neat story! Very cool! Thanks!
  9. Spark Plug
    Joined: Apr 9, 2002
    Posts: 110

    Spark Plug
    from Duvall, WA

    that's freakin' cool!
  10. SnoDawg
    Joined: Jul 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,013


    Way cool but that barn looks to be pretty wet...

  11. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 14,839

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    That would make a helluva lawn ornament!!

    wow...preserved history!
  12. Fidget
    Joined: Sep 10, 2004
    Posts: 1,013


    Wow, heavy metal find!
  13. breeder
    Joined: Jul 13, 2005
    Posts: 10,948

    Member Emeritus

    thats so very kool!!!!!!! i found a old white wall stickin out of a gravel road an hour ago!!! not as kool:eek: ;)
  14. Django
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 10,198

    from Chicago

    I can't believe the shape it is in. With the paint all intact to boot!
  15. Lucky77
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,495


    :eek: WOW:eek: now that was cool! thanks for sharing
  16. mackster
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 535


    That was cool! wonder what kind o fengine? DUH! LOL...
  17. Carb-Otto
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 332

    from FINkLAND

    In Estonia? When there are only Estonians and Russians using that bulldozer? Now THAT is truly amazing! :D
    Nice story, though.

    Quite unbelieveable is also that someone really found few years ago helicopter wreck from the jungle of Vietnam, and regonized that one of the dead bodys near it, was Larry Thorne. He was regonized, not by a DNA sample, but from his dental records. He had a dental crown on his tooth number 18. Nowadays he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
  18. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    Quick damit! someone slap a H.A.M.B. decal on it.

    Swankey Devils C.C.
  19. KoppaK
    Joined: Dec 21, 2004
    Posts: 1,517


    Fuck my old boots that's incredible!!
  20. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 30,730


    Thanks for posting that! Hope you all clicked on the 3 vedio links. That must have some real cold water that preseved the tank all these years.
  21. wfopossum
    Joined: Jan 3, 2006
    Posts: 275


    Cool! A water tank!
  22. jc
    Joined: Nov 12, 2005
    Posts: 16

    from arkansas

    I looked this story up and they showed additional pictures, one of the inside of the turret, the pedals were still shiny, I don't think a tank would have stayed under water for 56 yrs and still have shiny pedals........makes me wonder......
  23. Derek Mitchell
    Joined: Nov 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,817

    Derek Mitchell

    Thats rad, I'm hoping to find my 32 that way. :D
  24. Steve Ray
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 693

    Steve Ray

    Amazing that it's wheels and tracks still turn after all these years too. I think it was preserved by the peat. National Geographic has pictures of mummified prehistoric human sacrifice victims dug from Scottish peat bogs that look like they were planted yesterday.
  25. Flatdog
    Joined: Jan 31, 2003
    Posts: 1,285

    Member Emeritus

    COOL BEANS Yea I am shouting on purpos.
  26. Very Cool Piece Of History
  27. wedgeii1
    Joined: Apr 24, 2006
    Posts: 552

    from california

    All i've got to say...


    No rust? good paint? what 56yr ;Bull shit
  28. DocsMachine
    Joined: Feb 8, 2005
    Posts: 289

    from Alaska

    When something rusts, it's not the water that does the rusting, it's the oxygen IN the water that does it.

    Peat bogs typically have a very low acidity, and very low absorbed oxygen unless the water's flowing or regularly refreshed. And if it WAS flowing and refreshed, it'd be a pond, not a peat bog.

    Peat is decayed/decaying plant matter- that decay tends to absorb most of the local oxygen, leaving little left over to oxidize anything that's more durable than soft plants.

    It's probably also fairly temperate and cool there too, further reducing oxidation.

    So there's no reason at all the tank couldn't have been in pretty decent shape. Keep in mind, when it says "no rust" I'm sure it doesn't mean "no trace of any rust, even light surface rust". It probably means that there was some rust, but it was relatively light surface rust- buit not enough to, say, freeze up the turret or whatever.

  29. Zettle Bros.
    Joined: Oct 17, 2004
    Posts: 1,358

    Zettle Bros.

    There was a story about a 50 Ford that dropped through the ice up by Madison WI in the early 60's and the two guys in it had dissappered without a trace. People figured that they went through the ice but weren't sure. They just pulled the car out this summer after a diver came upon it. It looked just like it did when it went in back in the early 60's. They said it was in such good shape because of the low oxygen levels in the water. Also seen a 1916 International tractor get pulled out of a quarry pond in Iowa in the early 90's. Looked pretty mint. The guys who were going to restore it waid the key then was to dry it out and clean it up as soon as possible or the air would ruin it rather quickly.
  30. LUX BLUE
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 4,407

    Alliance Vendor
    from AUSTIN,TX

    Nah- oxegen,peat? I don't think so.

    that there is a lake of gibbs...or possibly molasses.

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