For the Record: Retarded Russian projects part 5 - "Salamander against fascism"
Retarded Russian projects part 1 - "Bezdechod"
Retarded Russian projects part 2 - "Broneistrebitel"
Retarded Russian projects part 3 - "Crusher"
Retarded Russian projects part 4 - "Crawling fortress"
Author: Yuri Pasholok
Original source: http://world-of-kwg.livejournal.com/171004.html
On 2nd of February 1942, the bureau of J.V.Stalin recieved a letter from the city of Nevyansk in Sverdlovsk disctrict, addressed directly to J.V.Stalin, from two technicians by the names of A.Kuznetsov and P.Alip. Inside was a proposal for a quite odd fighting vehicle, named "Salamander against fascism" by its authors.
Why such an odd name? The authors themselves explain: "Salamander is animal that can take the colour of its environment, it is also toxic, attacks its victim suddenly after crawling silently towards it, it has a low but long shape.We wanted to create such a war machine, which would resemble the salamanders with its properties. That's why we decided to name the vehicle "Salamander against fascism".
The history doesn't mention whether the vehicle could change colours or spit venom, but it certainly was long: