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The tank watch

The tank watch belonged to the Hero of the Soviet Union V.P. Bezborodov. This cylindrical shaped watch was fastened to the tank dashboard. There are two terminals for connecting wires on the frame backside. The hands, numbers and the dial are coated by phosphor for usability in the dark hours. The basis of the device is a metal cylinder. There is a moving black ring with protective glass located on the front side of the cylinder under which the dial is located. The ring with notches is for installing the "warranty period" and winding the watch. In the center of the dial there is an engraving "5 Days" (the inscription means the stock of the watch) and also the number of the watch 30992. The weight is 300 grams as the inscription on the back cover certifies. The watch was made in the USSR in the 1940s.

About the watch owner V.P. Bezborodov

Vasily Petrovich Bezborodov was born on the 9th of March, 1917 in Tovarkovo village of Bogoroditsk district in the Tula region in the family of a miner and a peasant woman. In 1938 he graduated from the Mining College in Skopin, after that he worked at the mine. The same year he was drafted into the Workers and Peasants Red Army. In 1941 he graduated from the Moscow Military-Political Academy. The same year he joined the VKP(b).

He was at the front of the Great Patriotic War from November 1941. By April 1945 Major Vasily Bezborodov commanded a motorized submachine battalion of the 64th Guards Tank Brigade of the 1st Guards Tank Army of the 1st Belorussian Front. He distinguished himself during the Berlin operation.

Major Vasily Bezborodov was awarded the high title of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from May 31, 1945.

After the War he continued his service in the Soviet Army. In 1976 he retired in the rank of colonel. He lived and worked in Moscow. In 1976-2001 he was a leading expert in Chief Tank Directorate of the Ministry of Defence. Died in August 28, 2003.

He was also awarded the Order of the Red Banner and Patriotic War of the 1st degree, three Orders of Red Star, the Order "For the Service to Motherland in the USSR Armed Forces", as well as a number of other medals.

How the watch appeared in the museum

Watch owner V.P. Bezborodov was a participant of the Second World War. In April 1945 Vasily Bezborodov commanded a motorized submachine battalion of the 64th Guards Tank Brigade. In April 28, 1945 in the Center of Berlin the soldiers of his battalion cleared four blocks, ensuring the tank brigade promotion. Probably Vasily Petrovich kept this watch in the memory of this battle. In 1975 he donated it to the museum. Now this watch doesn’t run, but 70 years ago they allowed our tankmen not to lose the sense of time during fierce battles , they methodically count down the hours, minutes and seconds until our victory.


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