Swimming Sherman salvaged

A lend-lease M4A2 Sherman was dug up from the ocean after being sunk by a German U-Boat in World War II. The tank was meant for the Soviet army to be used on the Eastern Front and bound for Kola, Russia.

Apparently the Sherman has survived 70 years of saltiness fairly well because of the rigurous packing methods the Allies applied when shipping equipment. In total over 4,000 Shermans were handed over to the Soviets in WWII.



It is not known what the plans are for this tank (e.g. restoration)

Source: http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a21961/russia-fished-a-sherman-tank-out-of-the-sea/



14 thoughts on “Swimming Sherman salvaged

      1. tanks were usually shipped separated from the tracks, for ease of handling and packaging. Also, they had different sets of tracks, acording to the transportation method used to get them to the front lines ( one narrow set for transport by rail car, a rubberised set for roads, and full metal tracks for offroad and battle ) . So, it seems legit, Now a great feet would be to recover some tigers and panthers from the bottom of the mediteranean, from the many bound for tobruk, but sank on the way :)

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  1. i would be more willing to bet it survived the ocean floor because the Atlantic ocean has a cold (less bacteria) anoxic bottom (no oxygen). meaning that there was nothing to eat away the wreck physically, and almost no oxygen for the steel to oxidize and rust.
    this is why when they recovered a research submarine that had sunk (broke loose from the ship) months earlier, the captains sandwich was still in good condition inside the sub. his words were “soggy, but edible”. the sandwhich was preserved by the cold waters, which were anoxic and lacked bacteria to decompose it.


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