Originally scheduled for May 9, the Moscow Victory Day parade was postponed by the Russian authorities in light of the coronavirus epidemic. The event will now take place on June 24 and to make sure everything is ready for tomorrow’s parade, a rehearsal was organized on the streets of Moscow a few days ago. While this is not something we usually cover, something interesting has happened with the tanks.
We are not tank experts, but it looks like a T-34/85 medium tank. As you can see, it caused a lot of damage, leaving the asphalt with more than a few bruises that will likely be repaired by tomorrow for the big day. Although most modern military vehicles have special rubber “claws” on the tracks to protect the asphalt, they are not available for historic tanks. With a fully loaded T-34/85 weighing around 32 tonnes, it makes asphalt roads very vulnerable.
Russia today reports that a total of 216 military vehicles participated in the rehearsal of the Moscow Victory Day parade, as well as 75 planes and helicopters. If you would like to know more about what happened, our colleagues from Motor1.com Russia have a slideshow with some of the most important military vehicles that participated in the rehearsal.
The T-34/85 tanks that participated in the parade were in fact built in Czechoslovakia under license and imported by the Russian authorities specifically for ceremonial activities. This year’s event will mark the 75e anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during the Second World War. The tanks were also in combat years later during the Korean War of the early 1950s, with 120 soldiers used by the North Korean People’s Army for the invasion of South Korea. Almost 100 were destroyed during the conflict.