This is the moment a legendary Soviet WW2 tank toppled off a trailer during a parade to commemorate one of the Soviet Union’s biggest battles against Nazi forces. The T-34 was being loaded on to the back of a lorry of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk at a parade that Russian President Vladimir Putin was attending.
The incident happened in the city of Kursk, about 450 km southwest of Moscow. No injuries were reported. T34’s became a legendary after the Red Army’s defeat of invading Nazi forces so this scene in front of swathes of people in Kursk will have embarrassed the driver trying to load the tank on to a transport trailer.
This tank was actually an updated version of the T34 which were manufactured way back in 1943 by the Chelyabinsk Tractor Factory. Mr Putin laid flowers at the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb in Kursk yesterday and talked to war veterans. ‘It was a definitive turning point in WWII,’ Mr Putin said.
He also praised volunteers who help find and identify the remains of the fallen Soviet soldiers. ‘We still know the names of only half of soldiers who died, we need to do a lot more to preserve the memory of our WWII heroes,’ Mr Putin added. The parade also included a flyover of aircraft of Russia’s army, transport and tactical aviation at an altitude of over 150 meters and at a speed of up to 600 km/h.
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