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"Rudy" in Klodzko by WormWoodTheStar "Rudy" in Klodzko by WormWoodTheStar
A former Austro-Prussian fortress in Kłodzko ("Festung Glatz") became a place of the final action of the four tankmen from the "Czterej pancerni i pies" TV series. Just after the end of the war in Europe, the "Rudy's" crew discovered that the fanatic German officers had set up a bomb in an ammunition storage placed in a fortress. With a help of cpt. Pavlov, the Russian, they manage to disarm the bomb and save the city. Unfortunately shortly after that, cpt. Pavlov is shot by a young Volkssturm boy. Janek, in a state of rage, wants to shoot him, but rest of the crew disagrees, and Gustlik explains that it'll take some time after the war to wipe out the remnants of hitlerism in German people. Few days later, Janek marries Marusia, and Gustlik marries Honorata. During their wedding, Grigorij and Lidka announce their wedding will take place the day after them.

The final scenes, with the tankmen and cpt. Pavlov looking at the city they saved, were filmed at the other side of the fortress, not aviable for tourists. However some were taken in the accesible parts of Festung Glatz, like this with "Rudy" rolling between the fortress' massive walls. One of the gates had to be widened to allow the tank to go inside. There were plans to leave "Rudy" in fortress after the production, but in the end, it left Kłodzko and traveled throughout Poland as an attraction. Where this tank is now isn't exactly known. There were several tanks which played "Rudy" in the series (they can be distinguished thanks to some minor differences in turrets, i.e. the factory number welded on them). One of them, with several camera holes, is now in Ground Forces Training Center's Museum Of Armoured Vehicles in Poznan. Several other tanks with tactical number "102" are also known, but chances are they were simply repainted to attract tourists.
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sgibson808 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I've seen the cut tank from '4 tankers and a dog' in Poznan's GFTC. I had to apply 3 months in advance with my UK passport and written references from Polish friends before they would admit my entrance! It was worth it though.
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WormWoodTheStar Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I wanted to go this year, but I couldn't gather enough people, because I think they only allow groups inside.
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