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Piotr Tymiński / 91 items

N 9 B 1.5K C 3 E Apr 15, 2010 F Jun 2, 2014
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One of the pillboxes located near beautiful Veisiejis Lake.
The lake, with its thirteen islands, is narrow and winds its way river-like through a heavily forested area. It's location – parallel to the former German-Soviet border – made it a perfect natural barrier. With bunkers dotting its eastern shore it might've became a nightmare for the assaulting enemy.

But this 3-embrasure heavy machine gun pillbox, much like all the others in the area, has never fired a single shot. Unmanned and with no armament installed became just another monument of the ill-fated Molotov Line.

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N 9 B 2.1K C 1 E Apr 23, 2009 F Jun 2, 2014
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The Eyes Of A Monster.

This anti-tank caponier looks like a relic of an ancient race. Huge, with a space designed for two 45mm anti-tank guns and four heavy machine guns, has never been fully armed and stands as a silent witness to the ill-fated Molotov Line.

Two square-shaped openings visible in the ceiling of the right loophole served an important purpose. Once the massive concrete slab was in place the builders still needed to fit in the armored housings for the guns. The box-shaped housing consisted of two parts: one fitted from the inside (yes, they needed to put it there before they made the roof!) and the one coming from the outside. They were joined together by massive screws. Then a big metal funnel was placed on the roof and its tip protruded downwards through the opening. Fresh concrete was poured through the funnel and it tightly filled all the space inside the armored housing, effectively fixing it in place and making it an integral part of the whole monolith.

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N 10 B 1.6K C 1 E Aug 4, 2009 F Jun 2, 2014
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The region of Lithuania where today's borders of Poland, Belarus and Lithuania converge, heavily forested and dotted with lakes, hasn't changed much since 1941. The nature itself was a formidable obstacle for the advancing Germans and the lack of good roads was only adding to the trouble.
Should the Soviets had enough time to complete their massive defensive effort this part of the Molotov Line would be a tough nut to crack. There were 273 pillboxes in the Alytus Fortified Region which were counted as being “in various stages of construction” but only 20 were considered to be fully built. Yet “fully built” is not equal to “combat ready”. In the early morning of 21 June 1941 this category showed plain zero.

This particular pillbox, designed for three heavy machine guns has never had its belt-fed Maxims installed . Even though it's not standing on a hill it's clear that its would-be defenders would enjoy a perfectly clean field of fire should the attackers appear along the distant treeline. But to get there, they'd still need to cross a vast lake which is just behind the trees and there were other pillboxes in the area which task was to make such crossing impossible.

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N 1 B 448 C 0 E Sep 13, 2012 F Jun 2, 2014
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A single-casemate pillbox in the forests north-east of Osowiec Fortress.
One of the smallest structures built on the Molotov Line, housing a 7,62 mm Maxim heavy machine gun. It was equipped with an optic scope which greatly increased accuracy within its 2,2 km ( 1,37 mile) effective range of fire.

Remnants of an earth embankment covering the structure are still visible. Back in 1941 it was completely hidden under a pile of stones and earth. With grass and scrub growing on the roof, much like on the photo, this small killer was hardly visible to the enemy.

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N 1 B 390 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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