Magazine article Russian Life

Resurrection

Magazine article Russian Life

Resurrection

Article excerpt

RELATIONS BETWEEN THE US and Russia may well be at an all-time low. That makes it a good time to remember that this has not always been the case.

In April, a rusty, decrepit hunk of metal was loaded onto an Il-76 airplane and flown from one end of Russia to the other, from Murmansk to Vladivostok.

Said hunk of rusted metal was a Sherman Tank that had been sent to Russia from the US 73 years ago, to aid in the allied fight against Nazi Germany and its Axis allies.

But the tank went to the bottom of the Barents Sea on March 20, 1945, when the merchant steamer it was traveling on (along with 6000 tons of ammunition), the Thomas Donaldson, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat.

One officer and three crew members died when the torpedo hit the ship's starboard side, while the other 68 officers and crew were evacuated by British vessels in the convoy. …

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