For the Record: Dance of the Canadian Valentines
Source: http://yuripasholok.livejournal.com/2753123.html and http://yuripasholok.livejournal.com/2753022.html Hello everyone, Yuri Pasholok (no matter what we might think of him personally) posts some pretty interesting stuff occasionally. This time, it’s a couple of photos of the Valentine tanks. Here, a demonstration of first Valentine VI tanks, created by Canadian Pacific Railway, Angus Shop, Montreal, 17.8.1941 And these are the photos of the Kubinka Valentine II, located outside of the museum under the open sky – and apparently, it’s the only tank of this type, left in Russia. The vehicle is well preserved, including its serial number: The turret bears the scars, caused by shell impacts, so it is clear this vehicle actually fought in WW2. Thanks to its preserved serial number, it was possible to find out, when the vehicle arrived in Russia and with which unit it fought (apparently, it arrived 12.12.1941 and fought with 171st Tank Battalion) Yuri Pasholok states that the vehicle in the museum has its specific details – 30mm additional armor plates on the frontal part of the hull as well as a shield around the turret perimeter, welded there to prevent enemy shells jamming the turret by hitting the area under the turret and the hull. This additional armor conversion was done by Russians themselves. Yuri Pasholok posted two photos of the same tank from 1945: On the upper picture, you can see the serial number written on the left driver’s hatch as well. Now, two pictures I will add myself. To compare – this is how the tank looks today (the same one from Kubinka): Notice the area below the turret. Got it? Okay, now a photo of a Valentine III tank: As you can see, the “original” Valentine has the area about turret ring exposed.This was percieved as a problem and there indeed were cases, when a shell jammed the turret, that’s why the Russians welded the shield there. If you compare the two pictures above, you will be able to see it quite clearly.