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UDTK - Uralskiy Dobrovolcheskiy Tankovyy Korpus

Sverdlovskaya oblast


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Uralsky Voluntary Tank Corps

The people of the Ural districts took tho initiative to create the Urals voluntary tank corps which became an elite formation. Three tank brigades (from Perm, Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg) and one motor-rifle brigade and other military units were included in its structure.The formation was initially known as the 30-th Uralsky Voluntary Tank Corps and was formed in April 1943. Workers from the Ural tank factories were among its initial recruits

The Corps has the distinction of being entirely paid-for by the donations of the population of the Urals

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 Ord. The following actions wore at Bryansk, Lower Silesia.

Upper Silesia, Kanlenetc-Podolsk. Lvov-Sandomir and during the Prague Offensive. the Vlstuta-Oder and Berlin offensives. On 5 May 1945, the corps aided the brotherly Czechoslovak people in structuring its army grouping