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Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

Years ago, a local boy was walking by Lake Kurtna Matasjarv. He noticed tracks leading into the lake, but not coming out anywhere. The lake was too small for boating or anything like that and  located in the middle of nowhere. He knew that there was no good reason for those tracks being there which heightened his curiosity. For two months, he saw air bubbles emerging from this lake. After some investigation, a team started to probe deeper into the mysterious clues surrounding the lake. What they pulled from Lake Kurtna Matasjarv is nothing short of absolutely amazing.

While walking near Estonia’s Lake Kurtna Matasjarv, a little boy spotted something strange.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

The path, which appeared to have been gouged into the ground, led into the water, and there was no vessel or body in sight. But there were bubbles coming from the bottom of the lake in a steady stream.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

After notifying authorities, they decided to take a look at the cause of the air bubbles coming up from the lake.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

They knew it was big and decided to pull whatever it was out from the mud at the bottom of the lake.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

They started pulling this massive thing out at 9:00 am.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

And continued pulling for 8 more hours using some very heavy equipment and giant steel cables.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

They quickly realized it was a full size military tank, leaving people scratching their heads.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

It had very old WW2 markings on it.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

The weight of this sunken tank was around 30 tons and required a 68-ton dozer.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

A lot of digging, repositioning and pulling was required to pull this tank out of the mud. This is obviously no easy job.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

It was a tank from WWII in perfect condition.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

The tank appeared to be a Soviet-built T34/76A.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

It is now believed that the tank was abandoned in the lake to keep it out of enemy hands.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

The tank, which weighed over 27 metric tons, had been at the bottom of the lake for 60+ years.

Boy Discovers Tank From World War II At Bottom Of Lake

Watch the footage of the tremendous effort it took to get the old tank out of the mud:

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The tank was in surprisingly good condition after they pulled it out. This thing had been sitting beneath the murky water, buried deep beneath the mud for decades. It was later confirmed that this tank was captured by the Soviet Army in 1944 and then used by the Germans. It is suspected that the tank was intentionally driven into the lake to conceal its location. The tank that was pulled from Lake Kurtna Matasjarv has since been restored and is now in full running condition.

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