March 31, 2020

Tanks for the Update


Tanks for the Update
Don't hurt the pavement! Kremlin.ru, Wikimedia Commons

In preparation for Victory Day, Russia's annual patriotic extravaganza, 30 authentic World War II tanks have arrived in Moscow.

The tanks, all the T-34 model that was widely used on the Eastern Front, were shipped via train from a repair plant in St. Petersburg, where it seems that the thirty 75-year-old tanks were just hanging around. They will be used in Moscow's parade this year.

2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Great Patriotic War (as Russians call World War II); we're expecting big celebrations to mark the anniversary, and have already seen some remarkable incidents.

The T-34 tank was a versatile and widely-produced tank used by the USSR against the Nazi invasion of 1941-1945. More than 84,000 were built, and production continued through the 1950s. Unsurprisingly, the T-34 is a major patriotic symbol.

This is all, of course, contingent on the parade not being canceled due to the, y'know, global coronavirus pandemic.

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