The T34/85 tank of the battle of the Dukla Pass.
Our Submitted find today is something different. It’s not exactly a metal detecting find like usual. The T34/85 tank of the battle of the Dukla Pass.
We have here an extraordinary occasion to look into one of the most interresting tanks from the World War II era, with an interresting history behind.
SlavicTeam has sent us these photos from the place, where one of the most brutal acts of bloodshed in modern history happened. The Dukla pass in Slovakia and Poland.
The T-34/85 was essentially categorized as an “up-gunned” version of the successful base T-34 medium tank designed and built in large numbers by the Soviet Union during World War 2. The T-34-85 was first delivered to Soviet tank crews – namely guard units – in late 1943 and early 1944 through a short initial production batch run. Early forms fielded the D-5T 85mm gun system and were known under the designation of “Model 1943”.
A follow-up version was released to production soon following and was known simply as the “Model 1944”. This became the definitive T34-85 mount and were fitted with the ZiS-S-53 series 85mm main gun – an armament that was simpler to mass produce for the Soviet war effort. The radio suite was also relocated from the bow to the turret in these models and a new gunner’s sighting device was installed. Some 12,000 T-34/85 examples were delivered by the end of the war in Europe in May of 1945 and captured samples were pressed into service by the desperate German Army.
Operating Crew: 5
Length: 19.69 feet (6.00 meters)
Width: 9.09 feet (2.77 meters)
Height: 8.01 feet (2.44 meters)
Engine(s): 1 x W-2-34 12-cylinder diesel-fueled engine developing 493 horsepower
Maximum Road Speed: 30 mph (48 km/h)
Maximum Road Range: 86 miles (138 km)
1 x 85mm D-5T OR ZiS-S-53 main gun
1 x 7.62mm coaxial DT general purpose machine gun
1 x 7.62mm bow-mounted DT general purpose machine gun
And one more bonus photo from a Dukla Pass:
The Czechoslovak documentary movie about this battle (sadly, without subtitles):