Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum is home for this severely weathered Valentine VI tank that spent decades drowned in former Soviet Union after helping defeat Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Although it fell through ice during action on January 25, 1944 when crossing a river near Telepyne, Ukraine and was forgotten about until 1990 when an old-timer helped locate it this tank remained mostly intact as my picture shows.
It is a gift to Canada given by independent Ukraine in 1992 now Valentine Tank Mk VIIA, no. 838, built in Montreal May 1943, a Lend-Lease tank to the USSR is an exhibit in Canada’s War Museum.
Designed by Vickers-Armstrong in 1938, the Valentine tank was a private venture project pressed into British military service after the Dunkirk disaster.
Canada adopted this infantry tank by 1940 and production was mainly done at Montreal’s CPR Angus Shops some 1,420 produced and most were sent to the Soviet-Union, which also received another 2,394 units from Churchill’s Britain.
Stalin’s Russians seemed to appreciate this robust and simple tank design mostly because of its adequate armor and low profile although its obsolete 2-pounder (40mm) main armament and narrow tracks limited its offensive ability on the eastern front.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WEATHERED”.