During the so-called "perestroika" in Russian Union appeared a number of the activities of groups and movements that are on return from oblivion the names and events, erased, seemingly forever in our history. Naturally, many of them could not ignore such a topic as the majestic Russian war.
So in a town on the Neva River, then Leningrad, in the local press launched a campaign to revive the destroyed museum in 1949 "Defense of Leningrad". As a result, in this town, a new museum of "Defense of Leningrad". Although the exposition takes up only one room and not go to any comparison with what it was after the war, it seemed the case moved forward. But it's only just appeared. The merciless political struggle for power, the destruction of the Soviet Union, the beginning of feral, mercilessly capitalism in Russia buried many good initiatives.
Until now, the museum "Defense of Leningrad" ekes out a miserable existence. The administration of the town with another title, it does not hurt fan of it to their attention. Many of the exhibits created for him, or gone so far away on the side. Thus, raised from the bottom of the Neva two-towered tank T-26 standard in 1931, which was due to take a respectable place in the museum "Defense of Leningrad", suddenly appeared in Moscow in the Russian Museum majestically War on Poklonnaya Hill. But this is only a small fraction of the samples of military equipment, which have been lost for a long time not only for the museum "Defense of Leningrad", and for the whole of Russia.
But even in such a state museum in the city of Solyanoi can not complain about the lack of guests — enthusiasm for the stateliness Russian war in today's inhabitants of the town and its guests is not weakening. On billboards, even such a poor exposition can behold the many fascinating exhibits and documents. On one of them there are 5 photos of tankers, nestled on the armor of the tank languid KB-1. This tank crew, commanded by Lieutenant G. Zino Kolobanov. August 19th, 1941 KB him in one battle destroyed 22 enemy tanks. It would seem that he hero! Kolobanova but for various reasons did not get to be a hero of Russian Union. He did not believe, considered a visionary. Not enough people knew about his feat, and in the Leningrad, and in today's St. Petersburg on Kolobanova not remember even more. Although even in zabugornyh sources on tank battles on the Eastern Front in 1941-45. Kolobanova name is mentioned quite often. Well, we'll try to tell about the eminent fight that took place at that day under Voyskovitsy also tell the readers about the coming fate of Zenobia Kolobanova and members of his tank crew.
Actions near Leningrad in August 1941 developed at a very dramatic scenario. On the night of 7 to 8 August the German Army Group "North" started coming to Leningrad. 41st Motorized Corps from the 4th Panzer Group and the 38th Army Corps attacked the Human Fri Ivanovo and Big Sabsk aside Kingissepp and Volosovo. After a day or three enemy approached the highway Kingissepp — Leningrad. August 13, German troops occupied the station Moloskovitsy and cut the metal and highways Kingissepp — Leningrad. They also managed to cross the meadows on the right side of the front, and the city was between 2-lights. August 14 all the divisions of the 41st Motorized and 38th army corps, leaving the operating room, rushed to Leningrad. August 16 were occupied Narva and Kingissepp.
August 10, the 56th Motorized Corps stormed the Russian troops in the area Luga. On the same day languid fighting started and Novgorod-Chudovsky direction. The next day the Germans broke through the river Oredezh. Threatening the left flank of the troops defending Luga sector. 13th August, 34th and part of the 11th Army of the North-Western Front in an old lake Il'men Russa and struck the rear of the 10th Army Corps. The German command began hurriedly flip to this destination 56th Motorized Corps, the SS Division "Totenkopf" and had just passed a group of armies "North" from Smolensk 39th Motorized Corps.
August 16 of the 1st Army Corps was seized western part of Novgorod. Looming threat of a real breakthrough of German troops to Leningrad.
August 18 the commander of the 3rd Tank Company of the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Red Banner Tank Division Lieutenant Zenobia Kolobanova caused by the division commander, General Vladimir Baranov. Division headquarters was located in the basement of the cathedral, which is the landmark of Gatchina, which was then called the Red Guard. Setting Kolobanov received personally from Baranov. Map showing the three roads leading to KRASNOGVARDEYSKY from Luga Volosovo and Kingissepp (via Tallinn highway — approx. Creator), the Divisional Commander gave the order:
— Shut off them and fight to the death!
The setting of Leningrad was such that the order of the division commander tank company commander took almost.
In the company of Kolobanova was 5 KV-1 tanks. Each tank was loaded with two rounds of armor-piercing ammunition. High-explosive shells now crews took a small amount. The main thing was not to miss the German tanks.
On the same day Kolobanov pushed his company to meet the advancing enemy. Senior lieutenant sent two tanks — Lieutenant Sergeyev and lieutenant Evdokimenko — on the grassland road (highway Kiev — approx. Creator). Two other KB under the command of Lieutenant and Second Lieutenant Swallow Degtyar went to defend the road, driven by Volosovo. Tank of the company commander had to stand up in an ambush near the road connecting Tallinn highway with the road to Marienburg — northern outskirts Krasnogvardeisk.
Kolobanov spent with the commanders of all the reconnaissance crews, said space gun positions and ordered to dig for each machine on the two shelters — the main and spare, and later painstakingly disguise them. Communication with the company commander of the crews had to maintain the radio.
19 August 1941
For your own KB Kolobanov caused such a position Makarov, that in the sector of fire was the very long, perfectly open stretch of road. Little short of the educational farm poultry farm, she turned almost 90 degrees and went on to Marienburg. She crossed another, dirt, road, on which, apparently, the local inhabitants were taken after mowing hay from the fields. Circle shows not cleaned stack, and they stood near the chosen Kolobanova position. On both sides of the road leading to the Marienburg, stretched vast Wetlands. There was even a small lake with a carefree ducks floating on it.
Caponier dig for such a tank as KB, it is very difficult. In addition, the ground has got tough. Only in the evening managed to hide in an open tank to the very tower caponier. And was equipped with a fallback position. After that, carefully disguised himself not only a tank, but even traces of its tracks.
Gunner Sergeant Paul Kiselkov offered to go to an abandoned chicken farm and get a goose, the benefit of the people who worked on it for fear of invasion occupants abandoned it, and wear down the volume work crew needed to bolster their forces. Company commander agreed, ordering the radio operator to shoot a bird so that no one heard, under any circumstances, it was impossible to unmask his position. Kiselkov obeyed orders exactly goose plucked and cooked in a tank can. After dinner Kolobanov ordered everyone to relax.
Closer to the night came outposts. A young lieutenant has reported Kolobanova. He gave the order to place the infantry behind the tank to the side, so that in case they do not come under artillery fire. Position as outposts were to be perfectly camouflaged …
Zino Kolobanov G. was born in 1913 in the village of Arefene Vachevskogo district of Nizhny Novgorod province. At the end of eight years of high school he studied at the college. In 1932, the Young Communist League recruit was drafted into the Red Army. In 1936 he graduated with distinction Orel armored School named after MV Frunze.
The war for the 28-year-old lieutenant Kolobanova was not curiosity. As part of the 20th Brigade in the heavy tank company commander he had the opportunity to take part in the Russo-Finnish War of 1939-1940. Brigade, in which he served, first came to the band Mannerheim, while his company was on the point of impact. That's when Kolobanov first time burned in the tank. In the battle at Lake Vuoksa he again broke with his own company of forward and again had to flee from the burning car. The third time it burned in the raid on the Vyborg. In the night from 12 to 13 March 1940 a peace agreement was signed between the USSR and Finland. Learning of this, the men 2-earlier opposing armies rushed to meet each other for the "brotherhood."
Unfortunately, this is the "fraternization" very cheap cost the captain Kolobanova: it reduced in rank and, deprived of all awards, fired at in store *. Since the beginning of the war majestically Russian Kolobanova called out of supplies to the 1st Armored Division, was created on the basis of the 20th heaviest armored brigade to which it was at war during the war with the Finns. Since he already had combat experience Kolobanova was promoted to first lieutenant and appointed commander of the company languid KV tanks. However, on the merits of the former had forgotten, had to start everything anew, with a spotless sheet.
* — Kolobanov not only been stripped of his rank, honors and dismissed from the army, and the Tipo convicted. Totally could be that it was, but what was expressed this conviction creator unclear.
Combat vehicles tankers received at the Kirov factory. Right there, in the factory, in a separate tank training battalion formed and tank crews. Any of them participated together with the workers in the assembly of his car. Distance running was from Kirov plant to Central Slingshots, then went to the front of the machine.
* — It's been shielded tanks KV-1 with the installation of additional armor plates on the sides of the hull and turret. In this case, the past is not installed tightly to the base of the turret, and is bolted to the iron Bonk, and they, in turn, are welded specifically to the armor of the tank. At this point, it became clear that the languid tanks KV-1 with a similar book published only in July 1941, and fought wars only in the North-West and the Leningrad Front. It is easy to guess that the tanks of the 1st Tank Division went to KB this specific modification.
Recent publications on the history of the creation of the languid tanks KB, argues that the Kirov factory Izhorskij and do not engage in their screening. There is no direct evidence that it was engaged in the iron and the Leningrad plant. But, in some indirect instruments at the plant could be fully not only build buildings and towers, and the screening of the KV tanks. Completely may be similarly shielded part of the towers and the buildings fell to the Kirov plant with Iron plant, because from the beginning of the war, his Russian majestically also connected to higher production languid KV tanks.
In the battle of the Ivanovo Kolobanova managed to distinguish himself — his crew destroyed tanks and guns of the enemy. That's why knowing the decent combat experience lieutenant Kolobanova, General V. Sheep entrusted to him as assignment — a company of his own to block the way to the German tanks KRASNOGVARDEYSKY.
Attack at Leningrad 41st Motorized Corps of Army Group "North" bypassed Krasnogvardeisk party. Only one of his Division — 8th Tank, was to support the promotion of KRASNOGVARDEYSKY to the 50th Army Corps and the 5th Division of the SS and Volosovo Luga. The 6th Armored Division in past battles and suffered heavy losses by mid-August 1941 was virtually only on paper, because the role in the battle for Krasnogvardeisk could not accept. The 1st Armored Division advanced on Leningrad by Torosovo on Syaskelevo continue on the northern outskirts of Krasnogvardeisk — Marienburg. In the case of a breakthrough to Marienburg part of this division could hit the rear Russian forces occupying defensive positions on the borders Krasnogvardeisky fortified area, and then went out on ancient Gatchina to Kiev highway, almost seamlessly move to Leningrad.
Of early morning August 19, 1941 the crew was awakened Kolobanova vile choking roar coming at a great height in the direction of Leningrad German dive bombers. After they had gone, the quiet and tranquility of the newly established under Voyskovitsy. Day began clear. The sun was rising higher and higher.
At about 10 shots were heard on the left side of the road that goes to the Volosovo *. Senior lieutenant vyznat minded "voice" tank guns HF. On the radio, it was reported that one of the crew came into the fight with the German tanks. And as they used to be all relaxed. Kolobanov summoned for themselves outpost commander and ordered him to keep his foot soldiers opened fire on the enemy only when the instrument speak HF. Kolobanov yourself with Usov charted two landmark: № 1 — two birch trees at the end of the intersection and number 2 — itself a crossroads. Landmarks were chosen so as to kill enemy tanks head straight over the roundabout, do not give the other cars off the road leading to the Marienburg.
* — Previously incorrectly stated that this battle has begun on the Luga road.
Only in the 2nd hour of day or on the road there were enemy machine.
— Prepare for battle! — Quietly ordered Kolobanov.
Slamming the hatches, tankers simultaneously froze in their places. Here the gun commander Sergeant Andrew Usov reported that sees in his sights three bikes with sidecars. Immediately followed the order of the commander:
— Do not open fire! Skip exploration!
German riders turned left and sped towards Marienburg, not noticing who was standing in an ambush disguised HF. Following an order Kolobanova, did not open fire on the exploration and Marines from the outpost.
Now all attention was focused on the crew walking along the road tanks. Kolobanov radio operator ordered to report to the battalion commander Captain I.B.Shpilleru of the approach of the German tank column and re-directed their attention to the side of the road, which one by one crept out the gray tanks. They walked at short distances, putting their left side is almost strictly a right angle with respect to the gun KB, by presenting a perfect target. Hatches were opened, some Germans were sitting on the armor. The crew even make out their faces, because the distance between the KB and the enemy column was small — only about 100 of fifty meters.
At this time in connection with the company commander came on the radio battalion Spiller. He asked angrily:
— Kolobanov why the Germans concede?
Spiller already knew about the morning fight at Luga and Volosovsky directions and German tanks advancing towards the position Kolobanova, and it could not significantly disturb the silence KB commander of a tank company.
Answer the battalion commander had been no time to head tank slowly drove into the intersection and tightly close to the two birches — the landmark number 1, scheduled tankers before the fight. Here Kolobanova reported the number of tanks in the column. There were 22. And as to the landmark remained second movement of the commander realized that Gimp no longer, and gave the order to open fire … Usov
Sergeant Usov to top majestically Russian war was already an experienced fighter. Called to the reddish Army in 1938, he participated in the "liberation" campaign in Western Belarus as an assistant platoon commander of the 1st regiment of artillery, during the Soviet-Finnish war waged war on the Karelian Isthmus. After finishing a special school commanders guns languid tanks, tanker was * …
* — In some publications devoted majestically Russian war and the defense of Leningrad, at the mention of this battle is sometimes referred to as the only name of the commander of a tank gun sergeant Usov, and a commander of the tank and Kolobanova not say exactly.
Head tank was lit with the first shot. It was destroyed, not even having one hundred percent pass the intersection. The second shot, right at the junction, was defeated by the second tank. A traffic jam. The column has shrunk as a spring, now the rest intervals between steel tanks and very lowest. Kolobanov gave the order to fire on the move the rear of the column, so just lock it on the road.
But now Usov failed with the first shot hit the trailing tank — a shell is not reached the goal. Sergeant corrected sight and made four more shots, killing two in the last column of the tank. The enemy is trapped.
The first time the Germans could not find where is the shooting and opened fire from their own guns at Haycock, who is also lit. But soon they came to life and were able to find an ambush. Tank duel started 1st KB against 18 German tanks. The machine Kolobanova collapsed a hail of armor-piercing projectiles. One by one they were digging on the 25-millimeter armor additional screens mounted on the tower of HF. Of masking is not gone. Tankers choked with propellant gas and glohli from numerous blows discs of tank armor. Loader, who is also the younger a driver, soldier Nicholas Rodenkov worked distraught pace, pounding into the breech of the gun shell after shell. Usov, not looking up from his sight, he continued to fire on the enemy column.
Meanwhile, the commanders of the other machines to keep the defense more on 3 roads, reported on the radio about the situation in their areas of defense. From these reports Kolobanov realized that in other areas are fierce fighting.
The Germans, realizing that fell into the trap of trying to maneuver, but the shells struck KB tanks one by one. But numerous direct hits enemy projectiles did not cause particular harm Russian car. KB affected obvious an advantage over German tanks on the power of the fire and in the thickness of armor.
* — Book the front and side sheets of the hull and turret languid Russian KV-1 amounted to 75 mm, while the shielded machines 100 mm. Booking Corps KV-1 standard in 1941 was second only to the British only "Churchill» I, because tank armor Kolobanova could not make a short-75-mm and 50-mm gun of German tanks (not to mention the 20-mm and 37-mm guns) . It should be recalled that the 50-mm cannon KwK 38 medium tank Pz. Ill punched a 100-meter armor-piercing projectile 45 mm armor-piercing and — 72 mm. German medium tank artillery support Pz. IV, armed with 75-mm cannon KwK 37, with 100 meters of armor-piercing projectile pierced the armor even the smallest width — only 31 mm. 76-mm gun F-32 KV-1, punched with a distance of 500 meters of 60 mm, and c 1000 meters — 52-mm armor, confidently hitting tanks pz.ivh Pz.lll not to mention light Pz. II and 38 (t). In this case, the battle was fought at a distance of about 150 meters …
To the aid of the German tank crews came to move right after the column infantry units. Under cover of fire from tank guns, for a more efficient shooting on the KB, the Germans rolled out onto the road anti-tank guns.
Kolobanov saw the production of the enemy and ordered Usov hit high-explosive/fragmentation by antitank guns. The German infantry into fight is behind KB outposts.
Usov managed to kill one PTO, coupled with the expectation, but the second time to make a few shots. Some of them broke the panoramic periscope from which led the battlefield surveillance Kolobanov and the other by hitting the tower jammed it. Usov and managed to break this gun, but lost the ability to maneuver KB fire. Dovoroty huge guns on the right and on the left you can now do just by turning the whole body of the tank. Essentially, KB reincarnated as a self-propelled artillery.
Nicholas Kiselkov got on the reservation and found instead warped periscope spare.
* — Maybe the German pig, knocking bronekolpak, smashed the highest part of the periscope. Usually sensors are changed from the inside of the tank crew, but only change it on their own Kolobanova not allow the situation. Because the least busy in combat gunner fit reacted and changed warped element periscope. In addition, the flap of the driver, who was on the roof of the housing KB, assist him pretty quickly to make this a risky operation.
Kolobanov ordered senior driver-mechanic foreman Nikolai Nikiforov withdraw from caponnier tank and take a spare firing position. At the sight
of the Germans tank reversing climb out of its own shelter, drove off to the side, got up in the bushes and the newly opened fire on the column. Who had to work hard at the driver-mechanic. Fulfilling orders Usov, he turned KB in the right direction.
In the end, the last 22 minutes the tank was destroyed.
During the battle, and he went on for over an hour, Sergeant A. Usov released by tanks and anti-tank guns 98 enemy projectiles out of their armor were all used up. (Note — Ammunition of the KV-1 standard of the first half of 1941 amounted to 114 shells.) Upcoming follow-up showed that several German tanks were able to break through to the state farm "Voyskovitsy" from the south.
To communicate with the crew commander was released. Sonorous voice, Spiller said,
— Kolobanov, how are you? Glow?
— Excellent glow, Comrade Battalion!
Senior lieutenant said the crew defeated the enemy tank column strength of 22 combat vehicles. Further delay his position his crew can not, because running out of ammo, armor-piercing shells not at all, and the tank was severe damage.
Spiller thanked the crew for their successful execution of combat tasks, and said that on the way to the state farm "Voyskovitsy" already in the tanks of Lieutenant Swallow and lieutenant Degtyar. Kolobanov Nikiforov ordered to go to them for the connection. Having landed on the armor of the remaining outposts of infantry (many of them were wounded), KB with troops on the armor rushed to a breakthrough. The Germans did not get involved in a fight with a Russian tank, KB and headed for the outskirts of the farm freely. Here Kolobanov met with the commanders had come up tanks.
From their he learned that in the battle for Kaluga road crew Lieutenant Theodore Sergeyev was destroyed eight German tanks, crew lieutenant Maxim Evdokimenko — 5. Second Lieutenant in the battle died, three crew members were injured. Survived only a driver Sidikov. 5th German tank, destroyed by the crew in the battle, on account specifically of the driver: Sidikov rammed him. KB himself for all that has been put out of action. Tanks lieutenant and lieutenant Degtyar Swallow this day burned for four enemy tanks each.
Total August 19, 1941 a tank company destroyed 43 enemy tanks.
During this battle the commander of the 3rd Tank Company Lt. ZG Kolobanov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner, and the commander of his tank guns Sergeant AM Usov — the Order of Lenin …
Half an hour later the farm "Voyskovitsy" was cleared of the enemy. Report back to Spiller environment Kolobanov received orders to withdraw the whole company to the rear to replenish ammunition and repair. When the crew after the battle began to inspect his car in Armor 156 KB calculated traces of hits armor-piercing shells.
* — Different sources of dents in the armor of the tank Kolobanova different: either 135, 147, or 156
Slightly position under Voyskovitsy stabilized, Spiller brought to the battlefield crew Kolobanova with German tanks frontline cameraman who, throwing the camera captures a panorama of glowing column.
So, experienced acts tank 1st Red Banner Tank Division to assist fortified borders Krasnogvardeisky then stabilize the front on the Pulkovo heights and keep the enemy in Leningrad.
Repair tank lasted almost a month. At night on September 21 at the cemetery of the town Pushkin, where the tanks are refueled and ammunition near the KB Kolobanova German shell burst. At that time, the company commander had just climbed out of the tank, and with his Straseni hurled to the ground. In the hospital sent a lieutenant in the instinctive state. In the history of the disease Zenobia Kolobanova lying in the Military Medical archives, including: "Shrapnel defeat of the head and spine. Contusion of the brain and spinal cord. "
In 1942, in his languid state ferried across Lake Ladoga to the vast land. Then there were the months immobilized lying in hospitals, long unconsciousness and only after a very leisurely return to life.
By the way, in the hospital, while showing the wounded of the 1st issue of "Frontline documentaries," Kolobanov saw his work — smashed the enemy tank column.
Despite the serious injury and concussion, Kolobanov asked to be re-commissioned. Stick on which he relied on walking, had to throw it away. And at the end of 1944 Kolobanov again at the front, commanded by SS-76 division. During the fighting on the beachhead Magnushevsky receives the Order of the Red Star, and for the Berlin operation — the second Order of the Red Banner.
After the war, serving in one of the armies on the ground in Germany, receives the battalion languid tanks IS-2. In a very short period it became the best battalion in the army. The commander gave Zenobia Kolobanova registered shotgun.
He managed to find his wife and son malehankih. Throughout the war Kolobanov of them did not know anything, he broke up with his pregnant wife in the first day of the war. But Zino G. and Alexander G. found a friend to the friend: CONTRIBUTE one of the broadcasts, are searching for loved ones lost in the war.
But fate seemed that it was not tested until the end of this man. From the battalion defected fighter, then he appeared in the British occupation zone. Above the battalion commander threatened military court. Rescued Kolobanova Commander: announcing incomplete official approval, and sent it to the Belarusian Military District. Everything that happened was not an officer, without any trace of: aggravated the consequences of concussion. Disability he retires in supplies.
At this failure tanker is not over. For a long time Kolobanova refuses to believe, when he talked about the fight eminent and the number of tanks destroyed by its crew. There were times when the hall when he heard about the number of destroyed tanks, came the sarcastic laughter: "They say, lie veteran, but know when to stop!"
At one point, asked to speak to Kolobanov held in the Minsk House of officers of military history conference. Read about the role of tank units in a defensive battle, referred to his example and said about the fight under the army-vitsami. One of the speakers, slyly grinning, said that this was not and could not be! Then, holding back a little excitement, Zino G. transmitted to the Presidency yellowed sheet front of the newspaper. Conference general manager swiftly ran through the eyes of the text, and called for the speaker to himself and gave the order:
— Read it aloud to the audience heard!
In 1995, Zino G. Kolobanov, never becoming a hero of the Union of Russian, has died.
More happy was the fate of gun commander Andrei's Usov. He went through the stateliness Russian war, from Leningrad to Berlin and finished it with the rank of lieutenant. He was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Russian War II extent of the Red Star and medals. After the war he returned to his hometown Talachyn what is in the Vitebsk region of Belarus, where he worked until his retirement.
But once again talk about the unusual fight Alexander fails — it, like Zenobia G. Kolobanova, is no longer alive.
Soon after he was wounded commander in the battle on the Neva "patch" dead gunner Sergeant Pavel Kiselkov. Do not come back from the war and the younger a driver soldier Nicholas Feoktistovich Rodenkov.
Past Senior driver of the tank KB Nikolai Nikiforov as Usov and went through the war to end, and then left to serve in the Russian Army tank forces. After transfer to the in store lived in the town of Lomonosov. In 1974, he died from the heavy lung disease.
Lost and the shots of the "Frontline documentaries," where were sealed Kolobanova destroyed German tanks.
At the site of the battle with the crew Kolobanova Panzer column is a monument. On greyish are similar to a large brick pedestal, is a heavy tank IS-2, the last post-war modernization. Apparently, the creators of the monument could not find the KV-1 *. In general, even then, and even more so for the moment, to find the tanks of this type was virtually impossible. Therefore put on a pedestal "IP." After all, he, too, Kirov (albeit from Chelyabinsk), well, in appearance at least chassis, similar to HF. Plaques affixed to the pedestal, reminiscent of what happened here in August 1941.
* — In St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region tanks KB possible to see a 2-places: KV-1, but release Chelyabinsk Kirov plant can behold in the suburbs of St. Petersburg — the village Ropsha. The tank has a combat, in his armor were numerous German marks discs. Another tank KB, but later versions — KB-85, is located in St. Petersburg on the avenue Strikes in Avtovo.
Despite the fact that the front part of the "brick" elevated view of the tank far not the most severe. All the matter in its 122-mm cannon, which is located on the smallest angle of declination.
Near the tank-monument found crudely drawn "heroic panels", which shows the tank, vaguely reminiscent of KB, with the number 864 and reddish star on the tower to attack the enemy's guns from their own tanks. Who served in the military should keep in mind this kind of picture, alkyd paint daubed on the rusty iron sheets, cut a wide swath on the ground almost every military unit. Next to the picture painted Star of Hero of the battle of the Union of Russian, even though none of the crew of the highest merit Kolobanova not received.
Part of the road on which the advancing German tanks could not wait asphalt: it is covered with gravel. Asphalt is laid only on the small segment — the path of the monument to the intersection. That second, invisible, road, crossed the main, has a good track with asphalt. Without looking at that part of the marshes surrounding the road, drained around still pretty ditches and ponds, covered with mud and reeds.
Preserved farm and educational farm, but the 2-birch, which served as a reference point for the tank, did not survive. Apparently, the construction of modern roads and power strips are not spared them.
Now, the tank-monument very everyday look. The tank itself requires brand new paint, extra fuel tanks rusted so that they can see a huge hole. Nets pulled out of the engine compartment almost from the "meat". At the podium — a poor excuse wreath. For a monument showing squalid block houses the village of New Uchkhoz.
Local residents, who cherish the memory of stateliness Russian war, has been criticized for the fact that around the monument is always a lot of trash, as almost for the next day or after May 9 someone broke and trampled all the flowers, recently assigned to the foot of the pedestal. How not to think about the other tank-monument — Thirty, exploded on the Nevsky "patch" by some thugs in the night from 21 to 22 June 2002. That's how some of today's "grateful" descendants pochetayut memory defenders of Leningrad.