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Piotr Tymiński / 91 items

N 1 B 382 C 0 E Apr 14, 2012 F Jun 2, 2014
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A simplified version of an antitank pillbox. No hydraulics, no armor housings, just a concrete slab designed to protect a 45 mm antitank field piece which was simply rolled inside.
These kind of bunkers were usually pushed to the foreground, usually several kilometers ahead of the main defense line.
In this particular area Soviet border in 1941 formed a sharp bulge dangerously protruding into German territory, just begging to be cut off. Main strongpoints were therefore built farther to the rear and the borderline was screened with a number of simplified constructions.
Still, they were unmanned and were generally left undefended and therefore were quickly bypassed by the advancing Germans.

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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 Cieszanów Podkarpackie Polska POL decay Art Poland Visualmanuscripts

N 6 B 2.6K C 0 E Sep 13, 2014 F Sep 22, 2014
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I love the place: dusty country roads, patches of forests and gently rolling hills. This particular strongpoint is a compact one, with just 13 pillboxes. Whenever I sit on the roof of any of them I can see almost the whole bunch scattered around the area as far as the old 1941 German-Soviet border.
The vital road going from a railway hub of Łomża was screened by numerous strongpoints and the Soviets did their best to catch up with the construction schedule. While in many other places all they came up with were empty concrete shells with no equipment fitted, here they did manage to fully equip some of the pillboxes.
But still many were empty and elaborate diagrams chalked by the builders on the walls are the only proof where the wiring and plumbing would go. It's a strange feeling to look at the drawings – they are clear for me, but I still have that weird feeling that I am looking at the hieroglyphics carved by an unknown breed of some ancient species.
And it's even stranger to remember that within a day or two from the moment they carefully chalked their schematics they had to run madly for their lives.
We have all seen the old WW2 photographs showing flocks of Soviet prisoners, some even partly dressed, hands high in the air, animal fear in their eyes. Yes, they were the enemies, but they were humans after all, too.
And these diagrams remind me there were indeed living beings once lurking there because I can feel their fear forever lingering in the cold, empty chambers.

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N 7 B 1.4K C 1 E Aug 6, 2011 F Dec 4, 2014
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This single-chamber pillbox for two Maxim heavy machineguns is part of Podbiele strongpoint which compactly packs 20 bunkers on a small area. Still 3 more were supposed to be built there but the construction had never progressed beyond the initial earthmoving stage.
Further 27 pillboxes are located just nearby, sitting tightly on both sides of the vital Warsaw-Białystok-Grodno road, and they form another strongpoint (Prosienica).
The old German-Soviet border was just 5 km away and these strongpoints, along with anti-tank ditches, were supposed to protect that vital communication line. In June 1941 there were a lot of Soviet troops in the area but most of them were infantry batallions detached from their regiments and used as an emergency workforce for construction of field defences. They had no geat willingness - and no real possibility - to stem the German advance. It is difficult, and sensless, to fight when armed only with a shovel.
There are very few original German photographs of these pillboxes. Two or three were indeed snapped by some adventurous souls but they are the ones located just near the Warsaw-Grodno road. But at this initial stage the advancing Germans had probably never even seen most of those pillboxes scattered on the fields and hidden in the clusters of trees.
Later, when the frontline moved hundreds of kilometers further to the east, some pillboxes were used as testing sites for various explosives and many were seriously damaged when armored housings were blown off in order to recover precious metal.

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N 2 B 551 C 0 E Apr 14, 2012 F Oct 10, 2014
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Still partially covered with its protective embankment, a single-chamber pillbox idles on an endless field - along with more than a dozen similar ones. They were supposed to screen the main defence line located several kilometers to the south-east, on the approaches to the Carpathian Mountains.
Such simplified pillboxes, with no elaborate plumbing or air-exchange systems were supposed to fulfill an almost suicidal task - to give an early warning and force a deployment of the enemy, thus buying precious time for the main strongpoints to prepare for the onslaught.
None of them has ever seen any combat, just as most of the key strongpoints they were supposed to screen.
In 1941, when hell broke loose, the German advance was too swift and the defence, except for isolated pockets of resistance, never truly materialized.

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N 1 B 388 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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