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”.
Waiting in ambush armed with his MP-40 machine pistol WW2 German paratrooper is ready to gun down any enemy soldiers that come into view.
The scene is probably somewhere in Italy perhaps, near Monte Cassino, where the Allies had fierce battles with all branches of the Hitler’s Nazi armed forces in the famous monastery ruins.
Another more likely scene would be Otto Skorzeny, commando extraordinary, and his handpicked special paratroopers raiding Italy’s Gran Sasso’s Hotel Campo Imperatore to extract dictator Benito Mussolini from his captors.
This daring raid by crack German paratroopers on the country’s highest peak using gliders remains the best original “mission impossible” based on the extreme difficulty such a operation had to master to save Il Duce from the hands of the Allies.
Our realistic depiction is from an exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WAITING”.