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The Red Army began the Great Patriotic War with a noticeable lack of any engineering equipment imaginable, and things only got worse when production was refactored to boost the output of tanks at the expense of everything else. Often, the only thing you had to repair the tank was the tank itself, and that had to be enough.
This contraption could be used to temporarily turn a T-34 into a crane in order to remove or install heavy components like the engine or transmission.
"History of the T-34 tank" Memorial Museum Complex, Documentary Historical Collection #1