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Soviet Tank Found Buried in Holon

Archaeologists don’t have to go back too far to understand this discovery – a Russian-made tank. The question remains why it was discarded and buried underground until excavations for a drainage system unearthed it.
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Drainage work in the Tel Aviv area uncovered a Russian-made tank captured by Israel in a previous war

Drainage work in the Tel Aviv area uncovered a Russian-made tank captured by Israel in a previous war
Photo Credit: Israel Police facebook



A World War II-era Soviet tank was unearthed during the excavation of a site in Holon.

The rusting tank was found Monday buried underground in the large industrial area of the city, adjacent to Tel Aviv. Ironically, the excavation was taking place on Merkava Street. Merkava is the mane of Israel’s domestically produced tank.

It is believed that the T-34  tank, which was manufactured in 1939, was captured during one of Israel’s wars, probably the War for Independence in 1948. It is unknown if it was buried on purpose or if it was accidentally covered during drainage work.

Following the discovery of the tank, the area was closed off out of fear that explosives remained on or near the military vehicle. Israel Police posted photos of the tank on its Facebook page.

JTA

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  1. Could not be the War for Independence. The Soviets did not supply the Arabs with any weapons until the 1960s.


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