Yuri Ozerov's cinematic series Osvobozhdenie (Liberation) began in 1968 with the film Ognennaya Duga (Fiery Salient). Its battle scenes were shot a year prior in the Kiev Military District on the territory of the Rzhyshchiv training center. The 1827th regional army base issued a large number of captured German weapons for filming, but there were no German armoured vehicles in storage in the Kiev Military District or anywhere else. The 17th Tank Repair Factory of the Carpathian Military District was tasked with production of replica Tiger tanks in the spring of 1967. This factory was formed in Lvov in July of 1944 to repair vehicles of the 1st and 4th Ukrainian Fronts.
|"Tiger" tanks built at the Lvov Tank Repair Factory, Ognennaya Duga (1968)
|Marshal of the Armoured Forces A.H. Babajanyan and Colonel-General V.I. Varennikov at the 17th BTRZ, 1975
|T-34-85 tank refurbished at the 17th BTRZ.
|T-44 tanks converted into Tigers for the Osvobozhdeniye films at the Lvov Tank Repair Factory.
|Screenshots from Aty Baty Shli Soldaty (1976) showing Tiger tank replicas built by the Lvov Tank Repair Factory. These tanks were much more authentic looking than commonly used Pz.Kpfw.IV replicas on the T-54/T-55 chassis.