"Story of one tank and more" Top 5 Page for this destination Gdansk Off The Beaten Path Tip by matcrazy1
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There is a Soviet tank on a post displayed in Westerplatte. Turn right, towards the Baltic coast on the way to the main monument on the hill to see it.
When I was looking at the gravestones of the heroes of Westerplatte, an old, handsome and elegant guy gently asked us, a group of visitors, whether we need a guide around the grounds of Westerplatte. He told us, that he was born in 1920 and knew many facts and curiosities which had never been published. He wanted only 10 zl (? 2.5) for up to 1 hour tour around, never mind for how many persons. We gently refused his offer, I regret now. If you have minimum 30 min. take the guide.
Despite, we refused his offer, he proposed to say something about that Soviet tank. Well, the tank is said to drive the whole trail of so called Polish Army (set up and commanded by the Soviets) from the battle of Lenino to Berlin during the WWII. But, like many other tanks put in Poland to commemorate victory of Polish-Soviet troops over Nazi Germany, noone knows whether it's true. He said that monuments commemorating battles against Germans which had never taken place, were erected by communist authorities (in Masurian region) after WWII. Anyway, the tank was first put in another, more important place of the Westerplatte grounds before the visit of Leonid Brezhnev, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, in 1960'. There was large, we say Byzantine in style, celebration with many VIPs from the Soviet bloc. The preparations to the visit lasted over a year. It's said that yellow grass was painted in green to amaze incoming communist secretaries.
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