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In the repair battalion of the combined-arms formation of the Eastern Military District, stationed in the Republic of Buryatia, the best military masters of the separate repair and restoration battalion are rapidly restoring the legendary tank of the Great Patriotic War (WWII) “Joseph Stalin” (IS-2). The craftsmen plan to put the tank on the move to celebrate the 76th anniversary of Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War.

The decision to restore the IS-2 tank was made by the commander of the combined arms formation of the Air Defense Forces, Major General Valery Solodchuk of the Air Defense Forces.

The heavy tank IS-2 for many years adorned a unique collection of rare weapons and military equipment from the times of the Great Patriotic War and the Afghan War in the military town of Sosnovy Bor.

Now the last checks of the engine’s performance are being completed, after which it will be installed in its regular place, the engine’s life support systems will be connected and the first start will be made. After that, the engine will be checked in various operating modes and loads. At the same time, the servicemen are adjusting the operation of the steering, braking system, turret rotation mechanism, communications, wiring and other mechanisms and assemblies of the IS-2 tank.

Recall that the IS-2 will be the second restored tank from the Second World War in the Republic of Buryatia. The first legendary T-34 tank was restored by the military masters of the repair battalion for the 75th anniversary of Victory in 2019, he led a mechanized convoy of equipment at a military parade in Ulan-Ude.

It is planned that the servicemen of the repair and restoration battalion will be able to complete the restoration of the legendary vehicle in a short time and on May 9, to celebrate the 76th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War over the Nazi invaders, the heavy tank “Joseph Stalin” IS-2, the T- 34 and BM-13 “Katyusha” will drive through the main square of the capital of Buryatia, leading a mechanized column of the military parade of the Ulan-Ude garrison.

For reference:

IS-2 – Soviet heavy tank during the Great Patriotic War. The abbreviation IS stands for “Joseph Stalin” – the official name of the serial Soviet heavy tanks produced in 1943-1953. Index 2 corresponds to the second production tank model of this family.

During the Great Patriotic War, along with the designation IS-2, the name IS-122 was used on equal terms, in this case the index 122 means the caliber of the main armament of the vehicle. The IS-2 was the most powerful and heavily armored of the Soviet and allied serial tanks of the war period, and one of the strongest tanks in the world at that time. Tanks of this type played an important role in the battles of 1944-1945, especially distinguished themselves during the assault on cities. The Germans called him in their documents KV-00 (IS).

After the end of the war, the IS-2s were modernized and were in service with the Soviet and Russian armies until 1993. Also, IS-2 tanks were supplied to a number of countries and participated in some armed conflicts after 1945.

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