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That's a T-34-85, meaning that this dude had one of the better soviet tanks from WW2. He would have started serving in it somewhere between 1943 and 1945 meaning that, combined with his tank being of superior quality, he has had a much better time than his comrades in the earlier T-34's, BTs and KVs
Edit: For the people saying he could have served in older tanks before this: read what I said: *he would have started serving IN IT*
The earlier T34’s caught up quite fast once the Soviets got their shit together in the wake of the initial invasion. The earlier ones weren’t really bad tanks, they just a lot of the time had faulty equipment.
More here https://politikus.ru/articles/politics/49914-sleza-deda.html but is in Russian so I don’t understand a word of it :-)
>The soul is crying ... What do these words mean? We cry when we are hurt. And tears are different: we cry when we lose loved ones. Because of resentment and betrayal. We cry in pain. There is also such an expression: "Pure as a tear of a child."
Children cry a lot. Weep with taste, bitterly.
- Mom, you didn't buy me a tank! - a 3-year-old baby bursts into bitter tears.
I look at this scene, and before my eyes I have a completely different picture. 9th May. On the pedestal T-34, a monument to Soviet tankmen. And in front of this tank, kneeling down, an old grandfather is crying. He has all his chest in medals - this suggests that he is a real Hero. And now bitter tears are running down his wrinkled cheeks, and he cries, unashamedly, sobbing ...
What did he see there, in that great and distant war? How much grief did he experience, what troubles did he witness as a very boy? Or already, having returned home from the war, he found the ashes on the site of his home, and only a photograph remained from the people close to him in the pocket of his tunic?
Tears ran down his wrinkles and dripped onto the awards ...
And I thought: every tear of this grandfather is worth its weight in gold for us. They, these tears, like precious stones, for our land ... This is the payment for our peaceful sky overhead. Payment for the fact that we do not hear the explosions of shells and the whistle of bullets. This grandfather paid with his tears for our boys to play war only in their own courtyard, dividing into “ours” and “Germans”.
His tears are payment for the fact that peace reigns on our land for 70 years. And while at least one veteran of the Great Patriotic War is alive, enemy military aircraft do not fly in our sky. Our grandfathers paid for this 70 years ago with their blood and their gray temples.
What can we do for them, how can we thank them for this? They, by and large, do not need anything from us.
This grandfather fought to ensure that our boys do not turn gray ahead of time, whiskey, and tears over an unbought tank would be the most bitter in their lives. And, most importantly, this grandfather fought so that that little boy, when he grows up and gets old, would not have to kneel and sob in front of a real T-34.
May 9th again. And again we see our veterans with tears in their eyes. We have very few of them left. Do not hesitate, approach such a grandfather. Hug him, warm him with your warmth.
And bow down to him to the very earth, bow down from all of us!
And you, mothers, buy tanks for your sons - that grandfather paid for them 70 years ago.
I beg you, remember this!
WW2 veterans of both sides ? Oh no...
Ahh... The memories that must be going through his mind! Salute 🙋♂️
I’m actually mad someone took a photo of this. Think about how he must feel and someone is just like “wow, let me photograph this man breaking down from memories.”
Is there an interview of this moment somewhere???
God I hope not. He didn't need anyone shoving a mic in his face for this, the memories he's experiencing must be immense. All the people he knew, all the lives lost, and he's still standing... A dent or a bullet hole on that tank might hold a world of significance for him that would be totally lost on us.
So powerfully human
Amazing camouflage but he found it because they forgot to camouflage the tracks.
I'm serving in the swiss army and someone told me a story, where they camouflaged a tank over night and never ever found it again lmao..
Some generations are so lucky to have seen war only on the screen…
No generation, at least not in the USA, has been free of war - Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan have all taken people from every generation to fight. We are just lucky that there will never again be a war between superpowers on the scale of WW2.
Edit: if there really is a war between the superpowers, it won’t last long enough for anyone to remember i was wrong
You know what I think hits him the hardest in that moment? Not the memories of being in the tank and all the horrors of war. I think the knowledge of how close he came to not having all the good things he experienced since this tank makes him afraid all at once. I can’t explain the emotion I’m thinking of exactly. It’s fear, but an odd sort of fear of what almost wasn’t. And how easily it could’ve all not happened. I wish I could articulate this more but I can’t think of how.
The bitter-sweetness of arriving at the future, seeing how things turned out, but not being able to tell your past self.
Not sure if that's what your looking for but I saw your comment and thought "I think I know a word for that", it's also French.
Emotional. Imagine the stories this man has to tell
Eastern Front. Stories of Hell.
Have to ask: how do you lose a tank?
You put a really good camo on it.
This isnt *his* tank, its a model of his own tank
I was gonna ask that, seems obvious
Comments under such pictures make me sad. People like him always get celebrated as heroes. He is not. He probably is a victim. The horrors this had to experience were probably unimaginably grotesque.
The whole "I'd love to hear the stories he has to tell" is also completely insane. Trauma should be treated as such, not like fairy tales.
Being a hero and having trauma aren't mutually exclusive. Fighting for your homeland while Nazis kill 80% of your fellow tank crews is definitely heroic.
Such a bad fit for the sub lmao
Wow, I could not even imagine the amount of memories seeing that piece of history brought back for him.
Found? Was he just strolling down the street and found it
1. Military service ends
2. Tank ends up in museum
3. Track down museum, get memories
4. Picture of post
Just as he finds his tank....he loses his contact lense!
I imagine he is thanking it for keeping him safe. It's a really poignant picture.
I consider myself to be one of the least superstitious people I know, yet - whenever I have moved house - I have always taken a moment, alone, to thank the place I'm leaving for keeping me and my family sheltered, warm and safe. It's a really silly thing to do and completely illogical, but the very first time I had a real, sudden urge to do it and I have done it ever since. Emotions are weird things.
I don’t think it’s silly. It’s a way of showing gratitude to the universe. Inanimate objects have their place.
Time to kill some Nazi's
how do you even lose a tank in the first place. smh.
Idiot, how can you lose a tank?
Yeah and just look at how long it took him to find it! Kudos for not giving up though
I’d love to sit with him and hear all the stories and memories he has.
Not if you're Russian. You'd have heard all these stories a million times. Every school has a "war fame museum" with obligatory yearly visits where they tell you the same stories over and over again. How the red arrows on the map beat blue arrows. I was really fascinated when I was a kid because it was about machines and conflict and was kinda interesting, but I didn't understand half a thing people went through. And now the government desperately tries every year to shove the memory down people's throats like there is nothing else people can do for their country than pretend they honor the memory of our forefathers. Especially kids! Kids don't understand shit and just go along with everything because grown ups tell them to.
for a second i thought those were RTX 3070 fans.
Thank you for your service SIR
That’s some determination. Did he know the war ended in 1945 and he didn’t have to keep looking for it?
“My old killing machine..” *sniff*
'On this machine i kill many mans, good times'
"On this machine I saw 80% of the other tank crews die while I was defending my homeland from Nazis."
And yes the 80% is the actual number for Soviet tank crew casualty rate.
Good on him . He’s looking for bits of nazi brain splatter
You mean brainwashed German brains? that's a pretty fucked up thing to say. Do you actually think all the Germans who fought for Hitler where nazi scum and needed to die? Most of them where forced to fight and die, if they didn't they would be put in a military camp or even one of the concentration camps.
Damn, no matter how many times I see the picture of the Auschwitz gas chamber, it never fails to get to me. The marks from people clawing at the wall... I could never imagine the feelings of horror and helplessness of being in that situation.
“We will invade Poland once again old friend”
Liiks like me when I lose a contact lense
Wonder how many cried about those deaths in Europe?
"we meet again old friend, you have serve your purpose and I thank you.
You may now rest"
Look what they did to my boy!
War is a monster. It’s one of my biggest worries how desensitised we get to the idea of war. Looking at some countries, it seems like people are almost ready to go into another world war over some ridiculous excuse. I‘m looking at usa and China for example. The anti China/usa hate campaigns are in full force.
And they made him run the tracks without any tools, the military is sick tbh.
"time for one last mission"
War isn't over yet
It’s always the last place you look
any proof that what op claims is what happened? I mean maybe the tank ran over his family, or a relative died in it.
My grandfather grew up in Cigacice (polish town) in ww2. It was the town where the russians wanted the first bridgehead across the Oder to be accomplished. I went there 2 years ago with him and my father and his own house wasn't there anymore but he said the lines in front of the street were the fundaments ones. We then turned around, along the marketplace and turned left. He saw his grandmothers house. Still yellow. Like he saw it it all that time ago for the last time. He even prepared a little gift for the homeowners (chocolate and sparkly wine (I have no idea what "Sekt" means in english)) they ooened the door and let him in. I have never seen a man that close to crying but still going strong. It was a blast for him. He asked if the living room was still there were it used to be. The garden was exactly the same aswell. We then went out again and he told us how he. When he was about 13 saw the Nazis bring thousands of jews through the town. I. Winter. They only had lumps of cloth and those that fell got the "mercy"kill. He stood there for hours in "awe" not because he liked it or anything but because he was dumbstruck. He then ran to his mother and said we have to go now. It's too dangerous. Even though he went to school while gunshots and mortars flew overtown.
When they decided to flee he had his grandma on his back and ran across the marketolace because the battle got worse between Germans and Russians he ran into a street and stood before a T-34. He said he KNEW that was it. But the commander just asked him where something was so he showed/told him and continued on.
Then they went into trains and got away from that battle. He's an incredibly interesting man with so much knowöedge.
After he finds it, “ now I have the firepower to finally reclaim Berlin for the motherland!”
WW2 vet saying: I know I saw a tank over here somewhere dammit!
That tank looks a lot greener than what I picture world war 2 tanks looks like, in my head
So long and tanks for all the squish!
Once on tumblr i saw a similar post (it was also about a ww2 veteran) and people commented "bootlicker".
This hurts my heart.
War is naught but pain..
That's a long time to forget where you parked.
It was on his keychain all along.
What a coincidence. I have never in my life just found a tank and this guy even finds his tank from over half a century ago!
Sweet! A fresh take on "Dude, where's my car?"!
He’s pissed because no one lubed the tracks
the poor man has seen some shit
How the fuck do you lose a tank
How do you lose a tank for 70 years?!?!
You think he drove that baby home?
Sometimes I forget where I've parked but I mean come on...
Looks like my great grandpa who served he passed away recently at the sweet age of 104
It’s always the last place you least expect it!
A picture is worth a thousand words, but this is worth a million.
They should give him his tank back
oh so he's a russian
The way this is titled is like he stumbled upon it in the woods by chance 😂
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