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Piotr Tymiński / 91 items

N 2 B 618 C 0 E Apr 4, 2011 F Jul 30, 2014
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Deserted and forgotten – silent sentinel on the shore of a lake in Lithuanian forest.
Is there a story it could tell? A story of great engineering feat, a story of power and highest expectations? A story of the army which was to march to the rocks of Gibraltar and beyond?
Or a story of panic and deafeat, a story of absolute failure and shame?
On a hot summer evening, when the sun is sliding beyond the horizon and the lake glows like gold, you may try to touch its cold, concrete walls and listen.
After 74 years it may tell you the truth.

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Tags:   Linia Mołotowa urbex texture abandoned derelict decay forgotten historic history urban exploration foliage sky old colors painterly light lost lake clouds military Soviet ww2 Molotov Line pillbox bunker Lithuania Okręg olicki Pentax Pentax Art Visualmanuscripts

N 11 B 2.1K C 4 E Apr 26, 2015 F Apr 26, 2015
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Machine gun pillbox (for two Maxim heavy machine guns) built north of the road from Drohiczyn to the border of Belarus.
In 1941 this vital road, which goes parallel to the Bug River, was the only communication line leading east into the Soviet territory. Its capture was vital for the success of the initial German operation in the area.
Despite the resistance from some isolated pillboxes the advance of the Germans was lightning fast and the sacrifice of their defenders did not influence the overall situation in the opening hours of German-Soviet war.

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Tags:   abandoned bunker color derelict fine art fortification history military Molotov Line pillbox ruins sky Soviet textured tree ww2 Visualmanuscripts

N 8 B 1.3K C 0 E Apr 12, 2015 F Apr 23, 2015
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In the opening hours of German-Soviet war Anusin strongpoint was manned by 1st company of 17th Machine Gun Artillery Battalion under the command of lt. I.I. Fedorov.
Some of the pillboxes, like the one shown on the photo (designed for two heavy machine guns) never had their armament installed. Such "dead spots" significantly lowered the intended effectiveness of the system of fire of the strongpoint. Still, Soviet defenders, clustered in the few combat-ready installations, showed much stubbornness and courage and continued their hopeless resistance for several days - not a bad feat considering the odds.
Most of them, including the company commander, died in their pillboxes.

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Tags:   bunker fortification history military Molotov Line pillbox Piotr Tyminski Soviet ww2 Visualmanuscripts

N 2 B 1.3K C 0 E Nov 6, 2012 F Jun 2, 2014
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In 1940/41 Soviet builders did not waste precious military manpower for initial preparation work required during the construction process of their pillboxes of the Molotov Line. Instead, local population was herded into the place and was forced to do all the digging and earthmoving. Their highly sophisticated forced labor system allowed for widespread usage of local manpower consisting of inhabitants of the newly conquered eastern part of Poland. It was a hard job made worse by strictly imposed norms. No excavators were used and everything was done manually. Still, the construction effort along the “new” border of the Soviet Union was so huge that even these resources were not enough. Prisoners were therefore used on a large scale, too.
Once the hard work was done the “unsecure” elements were moved away and the military moved in. Usually, a tall wooden fence was first built around the perrimeter to hide the construction site from the eyes of enemies. This term, of course, included the local population, too.
What you see on the photo is an unfinished two-machine gun pillbox. Surely a large number of local population laboured during the excavation here before the concrete work could begin. Time was running short for the Soviets and he construction was abandoned during the early stage, proving to be just another useless curiosity for the Germans who crashed through the border in June 1941.
Such unfinished pillboxes are also silent and tragic monuments to the hardships endured by countless people who were forced to slave away under the watchful eye of their Soviet masters.

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Tags:   abandoned bunker derelict fortification history Linia Mołotowa military Molotov Line pentax pillbox shelter Soviet urban exploration urbex WW2 бункер заброшенные Lithuania LTU decay Art landscape Visualmanuscripts

N 8 B 1.1K C 0 E Apr 4, 2011 F Jul 2, 2014
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I took this photo of a single machine gun pillbox in November but the weather was so beautiful that it still seemed like summer. There are a dozen of pillboxes in the area of Podbiele and most of them are conveniently spread on the seemingly endless stretch of farmland. The sun was beautiful, the colors clear and somehow it struck me that the view was more reminiscent of a pure kitsch than that of a usual gloom of fdark and forgotten places.
And that is how I remembered that day and that lone pillbox adorned by a gnarled tree.
So here it is – a kitsch made of reinforced concrete.

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Tags:   Linia Mołotowa Molotov Line Pentax Art Soviet WW2 abandoned bunker decay derelict fortification military pentax pillbox shelter texture urban exploration urbex бункер заброшенные Visualmanuscripts


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