RUSSIAN NAVY SALVAGES SHERMAN TANK FROM SEA BED

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RUSSIAN NAVY SALVAGES SHERMAN TANK FROM SEA BED

In the afternoon of March 20, 1945, Allied convoy JW-65 was attacked by the German submarine U-968. The submarine torpedoed and sank the British escort ship, HMS Lapwing and badly damaged the liberty ship SS Thomas Donaldson. One officer and two crewmen aboard the Thomas Donaldson were killed in the attack and the ship was abandoned 10 minutes later. At 5:45pm, after an unsuccessful attempt to tow the ship to safety, the Thomas Donaldson sank stern first half about a half mile from Kilden Island.



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The Sherman tank salvaged from the wreck of the SS Thomas Donaldson (Photo: CEN)

Now, more than 70 years after the sinking, the Russian Navy has retrieved an American Sherman tank from the wreck of the Thomas Donaldson, which was discovered by the Russian Navy in 2010.  The tank was resting 55 meters under the sea and was found alongside artillery and anti-aircraft guns and other weapons and munitions.

The Russian Navy plans to carry out more wreck dives to find and salvage these WWII artifacts and display them in local history museums.

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Russian Sailors inspect the rusted Sherman tank (Photo: CEN)

The Allied arctic convoy sent to supply the Soviet Union was one of the most dangerous supply routes of WWII. Over 1,400 Allied merchant ships supplied Russia with nearly 5,000 tanks, 7,000 planes and 4.5 million tons of supplies. 85 Allied Merchant ships were sunk along with 16 warships. The German Navy lost 4 warships and 30 submarines during the campaign.



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