A small interesting story about a heroic tank that took part in the 2nd world war. On July 3, 1941, a Soviet T-28 tank drove into Minsk, which had been in the hands of the Germans for a week, at low speed. Already intimidated by the occupation authorities, local residents watched in amazement as the three-turret vehicle armed with a cannon and four machine guns boldly moved towards the city center.
The German soldiers encountered along the way did not react to the tank in any way, mistaking it for a trophy. One cyclist decided to have some fun and rode in front for a while. But the driver-mechanic of the T-28 got tired of it, he gasped a little, and only memories remained from the German. Further, the Soviet tankmen met several officers smoking on the porch of the house. But in order not to declassify themselves ahead of time, they were not touched.
Finally, near the distillery, the crew noticed how a unit of the Nazis, guarded by an armored car, was loading cases of alcohol into a truck. A few minutes later, only the wreckage of a car and an armored car, and a bunch of corpses remained from this idyllic picture.
While the news of what had happened at the vodka factory had not yet reached the German authorities, the tank calmly and carefully crossed the bridge over the river and stumbled upon a column of cheerful and self-confident motorcyclists. Having let several Germans pass, the driver pressed the pedal, and the steel hulk crashed into the middle of the enemy column. Panic began, which was aggravated by the shots of the cannon and machine guns. And the tank was filled to capacity in the morning in a former military town with ammunition ...
Having finished with the motorcyclists, the tank drove to Sovetskaya Street (the central street of Minsk), where on the way he treated the Nazis who had gathered at the theater with lead. Well, on Proletarskaya, the tankers literally blossomed with smiles. Directly in front of the T-28 was the rear of a German unit. Lots of trucks with ammunition and weapons, fuel tanks, field kitchens. And the soldiers - those at all can not be counted. In a few minutes this place turned into a real hell with exploding shells and burning gasoline.
Now the next step is the Gorky Park. But on the way, the Soviet tankers decided to fire at the anti-tank gun. Three shots from a T-28 cannon calmed the impudent ones forever. And in the park itself, the Germans, who heard the explosions in the city, vigilantly looked out for Soviet bombers in the sky. What remained of them was the same as of their predecessors: a burning cistern, broken weapons and corpses.
But the moment came when the shells ran out, and the tankers decided to leave Minsk. Everything went well at first. But on the very outskirts, a camouflaged anti-tank battery hit the tank. The driver was holding full throttle, but the brave men were missing only a minute. A shell hitting the engine set fire to the T-28 ...
The crew who got out of the burning car tried to escape, but not everyone managed to escape. The crew commander, a major, and two cadets were killed. Nikolai Pedan was captured and, having gone through all the torments of German concentration camps, was released in 1945.
Fyodor Naumov, the loader, was sheltered by local residents and then transported to the partisans, where he fought, was wounded and sent to the Soviet rear. And the driver-mechanic Senior Sergeant Malko went out to his own people and fought in the tank forces throughout the war.
The heroic T-28 stood throughout the occupation in the capital of Belarus, reminding both locals and Germans of the bravery of a Soviet soldier.