Wargaming Helps Restore Stalwart KV-1 Tank
A new video shows how this iconic Soviet tank was discovered and restored
August 31, 2016 — The KV-1 is one of the most iconic tanks in Soviet World War II history, and over the past several months, Wargaming, along with The Historical and Cultural Complex Stalin Line, have been busy restoring the vehicle to fully working order. To document this journey, Wargaming has produced a special video.
In November 2015, fragments of the legendary KV-1 were discovered and salvaged from a bog in the Vitebsk region, Belarus. The salvage crew discovered a turret equipped with a rare L-11 gun, and fragments of the running gear—a sprocket wheel with two road wheels on the right side, and a part of the hull’s underside. As restoration work on the tank began, the hull was recreated on the basis of the ISU-152.
The project was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of when Zinoviy Kolobanov and his crew put 22 German tanks out of commission during the Battle of Krasnogvardeysk. His feat is also remembered in World of Tanks with the special Kolobanov’s medal. The restored KV-1 has now become part of the museum’s vehicle collection and will participate in historical reenactments.
“Preserving history is in Wargaming’s DNA,” said Alexander Bobko, Head of Global Special Projects at Wargaming. “Earlier this year, Wargaming refurbished and transported the rare AC-1 Sentinel tank from the USA to its homeland in Australia. We’re always searching for new ways to bring history to life and share it with the public, and the KV-1 restoration and documentary is another initiative we’re excited about.”
You can discover how the KV-1 was restored in this video:
About World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare of the mid-20th century. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes over 450 armored vehicles from the United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain, Japan, China, Czechoslovakia carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped over 15 titles. Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that includes the armored World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes, and the naval World of Warships. The three intertwined titles form a common gaming universe integrated within the portal www.wargaming.net.
As part of its multiplatform line-up, the company has introduced World of Tanks on Xbox and World of Tanks Blitz on mobile platforms, Windows 10 PCs and Mac OS X. Launched in 2014 and 2015, World of Tanks on Xbox introduced epic tank-on-tank battles to console gamers and offers the first cross-platform gaming experience between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In 2016, Wargaming released World of Tanks for PlayStation®4, continuing its console campaign.