In 1998 a group of seachers discovered a drowned Soviet Sherman in the river Gniloy Tikich. After long preparative work in 2004 they managed to pull it out from the bottom. Now the restored M4A2 is exhibited in the museum of the Ukrainian National Defence Academy.
It is generally known that during the years of the Great Patriotic War, the Allies of the anti-Hitler coalition delivered a variety of combat equipment to the Soviet Union through the Lend-Lease program. The crews affectionately named it the Emcha from the first letter and number of its alpha-numeric designation [m-4 in Russian is M-chetyrye].
Near one village in the Kiev area, German tanks clashed with Soviet tanks in attempt to break through Soviet encirclement of the main German force.
In February 1944 one of these M4A2 Sherman tanks was ambushed by German anti-tank self-propelled gun when it was on the ice of the swampy Gniloy Tikich river in Cherkasy Oblast of Ukraine. The tank was hit twice — in the track and in the turret. The turret was knocked off the hull, three crew members were killed instantly. The last one — wounded tank driver — on the next day was found and then shot by SS troops. All four tankmen were properly buried in the spring of the same year.
This tank is one of the most remarkable relics is one of nine Sherman tanks that took part in a Korsun operation
The "Serpent’s Wall metal detecting group" doesn’t take standard tours with boring guides. Rather, they go out equipped with shovels, metal detectors and plenty of water.
This tank was found in 1998 and in November 2004 after a lot of effort it was dragged out from the swamp of the old riverbed on the bank by the team of enthusiasts supported by Ukrainian Army men and machinery.
They found in the gun barrel a stuck 75 mm shell and for saving the turret they decided to unscrew the fuse with the long metal tube and then with the said tube and the sledgehammer kick out the shell.
The hull and the turret were sunk in the 4 meters depth, sat in the marsh at the distance of 70 meters from the river bank and with time they were completely covered with the mud. The turret was pulled out. The club dragged out the chassis and eventually restored the Sherman.
Initially, the Sherman tanks had a short main gun and later they began to arrive with a long gun and muzzle brake. On the front slope armor there was a travel lock for securing the barrel during road marches. The main gun was quite long. Overall, this was a good vehicle but, as with any tank, it had its pluses and minuses. The Shermans' armor felt the blows of the projectiles of German antitank guns, panzerfausts, and the main gun rounds of Tiger and Panther tanks.