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Piotr Tymiński / 91 items

N 21 B 2.7K C 3 E Apr 15, 2010 F Jun 2, 2014
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This 3-embrasure machine gun pillbox sits nicely on a slope of a gentle hill. A small valley, with a stream at the bottom, protects it from the front, and the road - running parallel to the former German-Soviet border – was perfectly withing range of its three Maxim heavy machine guns.
Or rather, it would've been, if the builders have ever had enough time to fully equip and arm the pillbox. And so, the German onslaught on the early morning of 22nd of July 1941 swept aside weak screening force of border guards and steamrolled deeper inland.
There is no known record of any of the Molotov Line bunkers in Lithuania to have been used effectively in their designated defensive role.
Still, the view from the empty embrasures – a valley with a stream at the bottom, winding its way to a nearby small lake and the forest treeline far away – is truly spectacular.

And yes, the moon was there.

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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 Pentax Art texture landscape Visualmanuscripts

N 1 B 649 C 0 E Apr 12, 2012 F Jun 2, 2014
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This ruined three-loophole machinegun pillbox still retaines its outer shape. But there's no layer of reinforced concrete thick enough to withstand a huge internal explosion. Dozens of artillery or mortal shells deliberately placed inside, sometimes coupled with dedicated explosive material, result in a detonation which wipes the interior clean. Fighting chambers and interior walls evaporate, floor collapses down into the storey below and the mighty structure breaks open.
Hours and days of hard labor, sweat and cursing, hunger and fear – everything useless, everything forgotten, the whole world turned into rubble now cracklling under my feet.
This is how empires collapse.

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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 Lubycza Królewska Lubelskie Polska POL decay Art Poland Visualmanuscripts

N 3 B 614 C 0 E Jul 11, 2009 F Jun 2, 2014
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Mortar shell lies quietly in one of the demolished pillboxes of Zambrow Fortified Region, Poland.
"Yous should call the cops" - I said to a farmer who came to see who was lurking on his field - "They'd get some army engineers here and remove the stuff. You know, kids love playing with these. It's an invitation to disaster"
"Bah..." replied the guy - "They've been playing here since ages. Nothing has ever happened."

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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 Śniadowo Podlaskie Poland POL decay Art Visualmanuscripts

N 1 B 594 C 0 E Apr 12, 2010 F Jun 2, 2014
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Two-casemate pillbox designed for two 7,62 mm Maxim heavy machine guns overlooks a small town of Lazdijai in Lithuania.

Horizontal angle bars at the top of the walls have little holes drilled through. Wires were to be fitted there and, by stretching in all directions, were supposed to provide a crude framework to fix camouflage nets or, simply, to support tree branches thrown at them.
A small ridge running along the edge of the roof was left there to prevent the earth once covering the top of the bunker from falling off.

In summer of 1941, when all along the the border the German Wehrmacht was warming up the engines (just 9 km away from this particular pillbox), some 273 bunkers were in various stages of construction in the Alytus Fortified region. Only 20 of them were considered to be completed and not a single one was combat-ready.
Immediate collapse of the whole Soviet front left those formidable constructions empty and forgotten and advancing enemy, busy with the pursuit, did not even notice them.

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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 Alytaus Apskritis Lithuania LTU decay Art landscape Visualmanuscripts

N 21 B 3.8K C 2 E Nov 6, 2012 F Jun 2, 2014
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This unfinished two-loophole heavy machine gun pillbox sits quietly on what looks like an average field. But this is a very, very wet field. All pillboxes in the area of Jurbarkas, Sakiai, Taurage, etc are literally flooded with water.
Some, located in the forests, require pontoons to get to them. They even look wet from the outside. Excess of water is appalling and this is something which forced the builders in 1940/141 to set some of the pillboxes on a wider substructures to prevent them from literally sinking into the ground.
Amazingly, just couple of kilometers to the south those who constructed neighboring strongpoints faced a desperate shortage of water and they had to scrap for every bucket of the precious liquid.
Humans are never happy.

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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 Pentax Art Visualmanuscripts


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