For the Record: KV-1: the “Spectre” Returns
Source: http://worldoftanks.ru/ru/news/pc-br.../kv_1_returns/ Hello everyone, remember that post where KV-1 was pulled out of the river Don and it was said that the effort was supported by Wargaming? It was all true – Wargaming recently released a post about the event. The preparation for getting the vehicle out of water began as early as late 2013 as a cooperation between Wargaming, the people from the Kubinka armor museum and the local administration of Verkhny Mamon district of the Voronezh region. The bottom of the river was scoured and scanned in order to find the exact position of the wreck. Since the shape of the bottom was very complicated and the weather was not good, the entire operation was delayed until Spring 2014. In the end, between 29th of May and 7th of June 2014, the people from National rescue agency lifted the KV-1 from the bottom and transported it to the shore with the assistance of the local people, many of who are World of Tanks players apparently. The experienced wreck recovery specialists said that this was their 55th recovery operation, yet it was the most difficult of all they ever did. The problems included the heat, strong water currents and zero visibility under water. Apart from that, the tank turned out to be stuck between the pillars of the old bridge and was covered by a one-meter-thick layer of mud. It took four days to drag the tank out using a specially designed mount, first 60 meters under water and then 20 meters on land. In the end, the vehicle, dragged to the shore, was missing its turret, right track and the entire right side armor. These are yet to be recovered from the river. After the recovery is complete, the tank will be transferred to the Ostorog military area, where it will be restored and after that, it will be moved to the tank museum in Kubinka. It will be the first vehicle of this type for the Kubinka museum.