January 24, 2005

Red Army Surplus

Russia is to sell thousands of Second World War tanks, machineguns and cannons in an attempt to raise funds and remind the world of its pivotal role in defeating Hitler.

The Kremlin hopes that they will be bought by museums and enthusiasts as interest in vintage weaponry peaks during the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, a landmark that will be celebrated with great fanfare in Russia.

I wonder how many will be purchased, or indeed able to be purchased, within Russia itself.
The hardware has been stored in warehouses even though most of it was decommissioned decades ago.

The company is tempting collectors with a selection of weapons that includes Maksim machineguns, 76mm ZiS-3 field guns, PPSH sub-machineguns and T-34 tanks. . .

For the more ambitious there are T-54 tanks, built in the immediate post-war period and used to defeat the Hungarian uprising in 1956, and even Soviet-era submarines. . .

While it has not yet published a price list, it is likely to sell rifles and pistols for a few hundred pounds each. Tanks in good working order are expected to cost upwards of 10,000. . .

The company is also selling German and Allied equipment captured during the war or received as part of the Lend Lease programme.

From the Telegraph. Nothing on the Rosoboronexport website, so far.

Posted by David on January 24, 2005 8:52 PM


I'll be watching the ads in MILITARY VEHICLES magazine!

Posted by: Chas S. Clifton on January 26, 2005 12:38 PM
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