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The story of abandoned Soviet tank destroyer ISU-152

ISU-152 is Soviet heavy 152 millimeter self-propelled gun of the Second World War. The gun was developed in June – October 1943, mass production continued until 1946. The slang name of ISU-152 is “Zveroboi” (“Beastslayer”). In Wehrmacht it was called “Dosen√∂ffner” (“the can opener”).

In the postwar period ISU-152 were modernized and being operated by the Soviet army until the mid-1970s.

ISU-152 - Soviet tank destroyer

In this video you can see ISU-152 found standing in the open air somewhere in Chernigov region. Apparently after removal from service, it was planned to install the machine on a pedestal but because of the collapse of the Soviet Union it was forgotten.

More than fifty years passed since the date of production, the machine was in the open air for more than twenty years, and now people are trying to start the engine to load fearsome tank destroyer for the subsequent restoration.

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  • Dave Wilson · September 4, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Wow!! , thanks again for such a good & well done video.
    I wish history was taken as serious here in the U.S.A.
    It’a always good to see tanks & planes all throughout Ukraine. everytime I go there I fill my camera with pictures of such vehicles.
    Maybe next time I go I will get up close to this vehicle.


  • Johnny Recknor · April 13, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Thank you for the dedication and work to get her running again!Does any one know how long she sat there and had not been run?


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