Rus­sia gets 30 WWII-era bat­tle tanks from Laos

The Myanmar Times - - Asean -

Rus­sia’s De­fence Min­istry says it has re­ceived 30 Soviet WWII-era T-34 bat­tle tanks from Laos – a move re­flect­ing the na­tional ven­er­a­tion of the weapon.

The min­istry said Wed­nes­day the tanks are fully com­bat-ready and will be used in mil­i­tary pa­rades and for mak­ing World War II movies.

The T-34 played a key role in de­feat­ing the Nazis and be­came a widely revered sym­bol of the na­tion’s hero­ism and suf­fer­ing. A film de­scrib­ing feats of a T-34 crew has topped the na­tional box of­fice this month.

The min­istry said more than 58,000 T-34s were built be­tween 1940 and 1946, mak­ing it the world’s most widely pro­duced tank, but only sev­eral of them have re­mained in work­ing con­di­tion in Rus­sia. The T-34 was widely ex­ported and used in nu­mer­ous con­flicts. –

Photo: AP

A World War II-era Soviet T-34 tank makes its way through Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathe­dral in the back­ground dur­ing a re­hearsal for the Vic­tory Day mil­i­tary pa­rade in Moscow, Rus­sia, in May 2018.

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