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Piotr Tymiński / 250 items

N 6 B 691 C 0 E Mar 8, 2015 F Mar 24, 2015
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In June 1941 Soviet 86th Rifle Division was responsible for covering the portion of the new Soviet-German border where this solemn remnants of a pillbox are located. Although elaborate trenches and dozens of simple bunkers were constructed in this area, they proved useless when the German juggernaut started to roll Red Army defences from the north.

Nearby small town of Ciechanowiec was abandoned in panic just hours after the first shot sounded. Fleeing local NKVD troop left behind piles of documents - an unusual thing for the meticulous henchmen - and the town was taken by just 30 German cyclists who strolled lazily into the area. It seems nobody fired at them when they passed this pillbox when pedalling along Zuzela-Nur-Ciechanowiec road. Soviets, at least for now, were gone.

86th Rifle Division, hard-pressed from the north-western direction reatreated hastily to the east - not the easiest of maneuvers under such pressure. The whole unit, almost to the last man, was anihilated just three days later near Mosty (today in Belarus) - 200km from the place where they were supposed to stand their ground.

For the local Polish people the grim days of Soviet occupation were replaced by yet another period of hardship and struggle. For them, green-clad Soviet invaders were replaced by another ones, wearing field-gray uniforms.
That summer nothing had changed for them.

One of the very few places where remnants of the Soviet field defences can still be found is pictured on the photo. Today it's just a small mound overgrown by trees. The pillbox was a simple thing: build of stone and concrete and covered with wodden logs. It had a wide opening at the back, a small antitank gun could be rolled inside quickly. In 1941 there was no forest nearby and the crew, if there was any, would enjoy a perfect field of fire in the direction of Bug river from where the Germans came.

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N 211 B 16.2K C 83 E Mar 13, 2015 F Mar 13, 2015
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In 1939 when Germany and Soviet Russia attacked Poland they affectively partitioned the country 50/50. The new German-Soviet border in the middle and south of "former Poland" ran mostly along the big Bug river.
Further north though, the river curved westwards and the border was drawn more or less vertically on the north-south axis. In this way Germans were already firmly established on the eastern part of the river barrier and this is where the Soviets massed most of their formidable concrete pillboxes of the Molotov Line. They sensibly assumed that no enemy would bother to force a river crossing when only couple of kilometers to the north the secret Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact has placed that possible enemy on the eastern riverbank already.
Yet, even that secondary strategic direction was not left undefended. Over the years we had mapped the area thourougly but still there were small gaps which made us slepless and this is where I happily lurked very recently.
Of course, there are no formidable pillboxes of the usual type but way back in 1941 there were dozens of simple bunkers which dotted the landscape there. They were built from concrete and stones - collected by the farmers forced to labour for their new Soviet masters - and were reinforced by huge wodden logs covered with earth embankments. They were simple, cheap and effective. And there were lots of them.
Unfortunately, their simplicity became their curse, too. Most were levelled after the war - nobody wants to have a mountain in the middle of his farmland! Those which remained are usually hidden in the forests with just a handful remaining on the fields. They are difficult to find and mapping them is not an easy task. After all, not every hole in the ground can be traced back to 1941 so you need to know what you are looking for.

What you see on the photo is what remains from one of those bunkers - a little embankment and a cluster of trees:)
Yet there is also a little story attached to this very place. And old man living nearby remembered perfectly that his father, once the Soviets fled, immediately helped himself to a huge amount of freshly cut wooden logs and he hauled a ton of them to his farmyard, apparently a quantity big enough to build a new house or a barn. And then the Germans came...
They reckoned that he had stockpiled far more than he could ever use himself and they immediately ordered him to share the wood with another farmer whose house got burnt.
This small tale also shows that maybe not all human beings should always be judged by the color of the uniform they happen to wear - even when war is raging all around.

Light textures applied in OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 9 and touched up with NIK Color Efex Pro.

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N 13 B 1.5K C 1 E Aug 17, 2014 F Oct 15, 2014
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Years ago a big state-owned collective farm was once located here. I can still recall dozens of cows grazing happily on the bank of a small, natural canal flowing from the nearby lake. There were some houses and small blocks of flats built in the nearby forest, there was a shop and a bus stop, too. For years many people had been working safely there.
Today some of them still stay but the farm, storage buildings and the shop has turned into empty shells where the only visitor is the wind howling through the broken windows.
The area, with its winding, dusty country roads, marshalnds and meadows, dotted with patches of forests and small oxbow lakes - all bordered by the mighty river flowing by, has become a heaven for cross-country bikers, nordic walkers and hunters.

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N 5 B 358 C 0 E Aug 18, 2013 F Jul 10, 2014
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Krubin Meadows on the Narew river – literally a backyard of my summer house – is a vast grassland dotted with clusters of trees and tiny lakes, bordered by small forests from the east and by the Narew river from the north and west.
A small village of Kępa Kikolska was once located there but it vanished years ago and no trace of it can be found today - the nature clawed back its share perfectly.
When the river rises high the meadows occasionally turn into marshlands but they never fail to impress with their calm beauty.
Wild boars love to roam around the area and beavers never stop to fell trees at the back of my small house.

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N 3 B 520 C 0 E Jun 28, 2009 F Jun 23, 2014
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This chick does not seem to be scared of the heavy fallout and radiation but again, she doesn't have much choice - she's my daughter.
Something is clearly obscuring the view and she's trying to peer hard to pick the elusive Molotov pillboxes hidden in the endless sea of cornfields.

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