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UDTK - Uralskiy Dobrovolcheskiy Tankovyy Korpus

Sverdlovskaya oblast


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The people of the Urals districts took the initiative to create the Urals voluntary tank corps whish became an elite formation. Three tank brigades (from Perm, Chelyabinsk, Sverdlovsk) and one motor-rifle brigade and other military units were included in its structure.

The formation was initially known as the 30th Uralsky Voluntary Corps and was formed in April 1943. Workers from the Ural tank factories were among its initial recruits. The Corps has the distraction of being entirely paid-for by the donations of the population of the Ural. This included its entire complement of T-34 tanks built by the Urals factories.

The first action for the Urals Volunteer Tank Corps was at Orel. The following action were at Bryansk, Lower Silesia, Upper Silesia, Kamenetc-Podolsk, Lvov-Sandomir and during the Prague Offensive, the Vistula-Oder and Berlin offensives.

On 5 may 1945, the corps aided the brotherly Czechoslovak people in structuring its army grouping