THE LIVING LINK OF TIMES
This is how exhibition of the works of Yevgeny Smirnov, artist of M.B. Grekov Studio of Military Artists, can be described. Seven exhibited drawings made with an ordinary pencil show the servicemen of the present-day Russian army in the most diverse situations. We can see commitment and confidence in the faces of these young Russians who keep the mantle of the heroic deeds of their fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers; and we can be sure that the borders of the Motherland are firmly and skillfully protected.
The exhibition can be visited with the Museum’s entry ticket. All established privileges for visitors are in effect. Full price list is on the Visitors page of our website. The exhibition is open from 10:00 to 18:00 until the end of May 2018.
THE MONTH OF MARCH WELCOMED IN Т-34 TANK HISTORY MUSEUM
Three-day program of cultural and educational events was dedicated by the Museum to the “Spring Holidays” related to the celebration of the International Women’s Day.
Visitors could see the main exposition, new thematic exhibitions and electronic presentations. Everyone of them could take part in an interactive tour of the Museum with the guidebook and obtain commemorative prizes.
Members of “Warrior” Defense and Sports Club deployed training grounds with a view to enable the visitors to familiarize themselves with the weapons of the Great Patriotic War. “Warrior” also demonstrated its thematic show named “War’s Unwomanly Face” and dedicated to the women who had heroically fought in the Great Patriotic War. Modern-day Russia is proud of tank driver Maria Oktyabrskaya, sniper specialist Lyudmila Pavlichenko, burp gunner Nina Koroleva, partisan Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, combat medic Yulia Drunina and many other female soldiers of the front-line. “Local Engagement” military historical reconstruction highlighted the program of events held on Saturday, 10 March.
“DEFENDERS OF THE MOTHERLAND” INTERACTIVE QUEST GAME PLAYED IN THE Т-34 TANK HISTORY MUSEUM
“Defenders of the Motherland” Interactive Quest Game was played in the Museum in commemoration of the Defender of the Motherland Day by Kitezhgrad Center of Living History (Vladimir and Pereslavl Sections); clubs of military history, defense and sports; associations of military history reconstruction experts, such as Zagorchanin and Signal Squadron (Moscow), Warrior (Moscow Region), Swan Saga and Motorized Rifles–76 (Pereslavl- Zalessky) .
Training areas of these clubs enabled the players to familiarize themselves with the basics of the Russian martial science of various epochs. Kids and their parents were happy to learn the ropes of hand-to-hand combat, archery, moving on stilts and skiing on two-men skis; to examine the arms and munitions of the War years and modern Kalashnikovs; as well as to master the processes of transportation of wounded soldiers and establishing filed telephone communication. Blank ammunition firing from the legendary Mosin rifle and Simonov semi-automatic carbine was the ultimate prize for the most persistent participants of the event.
DEFENDER OF THE MOTHERLAND DAY CELEBRATED IN THE Т-34 TANK HISTORY MUSEUM
An eventful three-day program was prepared by the Museum in order to celebrate the Defender of the Motherland Day. Visitors familiarized themselves with the updated exposition, thematic exhibitions and electronic presentations. Everyone interested – individually, with family members or with friends – took part in an interactive quest with the Museum’s guidebook and won commemorative prizes. Participants of Moscow’s “Museums. Parks. Manors” Citywide Olympiad took advantage of their holiday visit to the Museum. The youngest visitors tenaciously mastered the amusing coloring books with puzzles.
DEFENDING THE MOTHERLAND (1918–2018)
Such is the name of the exhibition opened in the Museum on the Defender of the Motherland Day. It is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army (WPRA). The hardest ordeal of the last century, i.e. the Great Patriotic War, fell to the lot of the WPRA.
Archival documents, photographs, staff passes, jubilee medals, emblems, insignia, postcards of various years related to the establishment of the WPRA and its anniversary are on display in the exhibition. A magazine dedicated to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Red Army in Great Britain is of special interest among other exhibits.
The exhibition is open on the ground floor of the Museum until the end of April 2018.
THE UNCONQUERABLE STW
Such is the name of the exhibition in Т-34 Tank History Museum dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad, recovery of the Stalingrad Tractor Works (STW) and resumption of tank repairs in April 1943.
As an extension of the Museum’s «Battle of Stalingrad» section the exhibition enables the visitors to familiarize themselves with the milestones in the history of STW, its operation in the days of the greatest battle on the bank of Volga, as well as to take a careful look at the rarities – Т-34 track shoes made by STW, weapons, ammunitions, uniforms, military equipment used by the Red Army soldiers and workers who defended the plant, as well as by German, Italian and Hungarian invaders. Visitors can also see some exhibits from the Museum’s collection, war relics dug out by the search groups, collection of military uniforms from S. Chibineyev (town of Pushkino in Moscow Region) and unique photos made by A. Polozhenkov, an employee of the STW, just after the liberation of Stalingrad by the Soviet troops in 1943.
The exhibition is on display on the first floor of the Museum until the end of April 2018.
DOCUMENTARY AND HISTORICAL DIGEST RELEASED IN ELECTRONIC FORM BY T-34 TANK HISTORY MUSEUM
Electronic digest launched by Т-34 Tank History Museum is dedicated to the topical issues related to the creation, modernization and operational use of Т-34 Soviet medium tank. The digest is published in Russian in PDF.
A brochure named «Last Defense Line. Half a Step to Moscow” was prepared and published by the researchers of T-34 Tank History Museum in 2011 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow. Unfortunately, the Museum is now out of all paper copies of the brochure. In response to numerous requests to have the brochure published in electronic form the Museum repeats its publication on this website.
LOBNYA DEFENSE LINE
Festival of military history dedicated to the 76th anniversary of the counteroffensive of the Soviet troops in the Battle of Moscow and the 2017 Heroes of the Motherland Day
The festival was organized jointly with T-34 Tank History Museum by the following military history associations and clubs: “Warrior” Defense and Sports Club of the Moscow Region, “Winged Infantry” Military History Club, “Garrison” Group of Companies, “Garrison-A” Center of Military History Reconstruction, “16th Dzerzhinsky Border Guard Detachment”, “199th Regiment of the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs”, “Wehrmacht’s 258th Infantry Division”, “322nd Infantry Regiment of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army”.
Participants of the festival could see a “Local Action” reconstruction, familiarize themselves with small arms and armored vehicles of the War years, soulfully perform popular songs along with the soloists of “Defense Line” vocal group.
Good weather was a pleasant surprise for those who took part in the festival. Heavy snow and subsequent thaw enabled boys and girls to enjoy making snowmen after the event.
Other photos are on the Photo gallery page.
You can also see Yevgeniya Sidorova’s video report of the festival:
T-70M SOVIET LIGHT TANK ON DISPLAY IN THE MUSEUM
Т-70 was developed in October and November 1941 by Gorky Automobile Plant under the guidance of N. Astrov.
In January 1942 the tank had been introduced into service in the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army and the serial production of the tank was initiated at several plants (T-70 and N-70M).
Since 1942 Т-70 had been intensively used in the battles. The Battle of Kursk (1943) was the highlight of its war service.
Production of Т-70 and T-70M lasted until October 1943. More than 8,000 vehicles were released making T-70 and N-70M rank second in the numbers of tanks produced for the Red Army in 1941–1945.
Its production ended with the start of the production of SU-76 self-propelled gun on Т-70 platform.
T-70 and T-70M was withdrawn from service soon after the end of the Great Patriotic War.
Replica of Т-70M tank with more than 80% of original parts was made by S. Chibineyev’s Military Restoration Workshop located in the town of Pushkino, Moscow Region will be on a free-of-charge display in our Museum until the end of 2017.
PARTICIPANTS OF LOBNYA RING ON A VISIT TO THE MUSEUM
Historical fact: Т-34 Tank History stands on the former Lobnya Defense Line in the Battle of Moscow. In early December 1941 the counteroffensive of the Soviet troops started from this defense line, the closest one to the Moscow Kremlin. Having covertly concentrated themselves in the villages of Khlebnikovo, Yeremino, Sholokhovo and Sukharevo, armored, artillery, rifle and naval formations started their offensive on Lobnya and Kransnaya Polyana via Lugovaya and then continued it in a “rhipidium” in the direction of Volokolamsk and Solnechnogorsk.
On Tuesday, 5 December, the Museum was visited by the participants of the Lobnya Ring event – veterans, youngsters, deputies, artists, local government officials, members of social and sports associations – made a bus tour of the places of battles along the Lobnya Defense Line, holding short rallies and laying commemorative wreaths. They were greeted near the obelisk marking the 1941 defense line by Gennady Pankin, Director of T-34 Tank Museum.
MOSCOW DAY CELEBRATED IN Т-34 TANK HISTORY MUSEUM
“MOSCOW WINS” WAR HISTORY FESTIVAL
“Moscow Wins” War History Festival with its program full of different events was dedicated by the Museum to 870th anniversary of the Russian capital.
New exhibitions were offered to the visitors on Moscow Day:
– “Russia’s First Tanks”, an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of N.N. Lebedenko’s heavy wheeled tank that was made in Moscow and tested in the environs of the town of Dmitrov;
– “Victory Train – Echo of Events”, an art project of Studio of Military Artists named after M.B. Grekov: portrait gallery by Ekaterina Solovieva and Yegor Smirnov;
– “Glittering Steel”, an exhibition of tank troops uniforms from the collection of Sergei Chibineyev.
On Saturday, 9 September the celebrations in the Museum started from thematic tours around the Museum’s exposition and the Tank Park.
At the same time interactive sites of 18 military history clubs and historical reconstruction associations from Moscow, Moscow Region, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod and other regions of Russia started operating on the Museum’s grounds.
Exciting programs were demonstrated by the children and youth associations – ‘WARRIOR” Defense and Sports Club and “Banner” Military History Club.
Historical reconstruction of the fighting that had taken place 75 years ago on the defense lines of the Stalingrad Battle was the culminating point of the festival. Having left her child with the relatives, Marionella Korolyova from Moscow achieved her goal of being sent to the frontline as a nurse. In November 1942 she carried fifty wounded soldiers away from the battlefield, and when their commander was killed, she headed the attack and was the first to rush into the enemy’s trench. Koroleva killed fifty Nazi soldiers and officers by throwing grenades at them. Fatally wounded, she kept on fighting until the arrival of the reinforcement. M.V. Korolyova’s heroic deed was immortalized by writer Elena Ilyina in her novel “Fourth Elevation”. Maria Bozhenkina, physics teacher from Nizhny Novgorod’s Grammar School № 2, played the role of Korolyova in the military and historical reconstruction.
This reconstruction was organized by Т-34 Tank History Museum and “Kitezhgrad” Center of Live History (Vladimir) with assistance from military history clubs and associations of Moscow, Kolomna, Podolsk, Pushkino, Vladimir, Kaluga, Sergiev Posad, Nizhny Novgorod, Serpukhov, Ivanteyevka and other cities and towns.
After the end of the reconstruction the visitors were photographed with its participants and also were consulted on various aspects of voluntary participation in the activities of military history clubs and search teams.
The detailed photo report on the festival is published on the Photo Gallery page.
Vodeo report (in Russian):