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Piotr Tymiński / 91 items

N 2 B 795 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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Tags:   abandoned bunker derelict fortification history Linia Mołotowa military Molotov Line pentax pillbox shelter Soviet urban exploration urbex WW2 бункер заброшенные BiaĹ‚aszewo Podlaskie Poland POL decay Art Visualmanuscripts

N 1 B 824 C 0 E Sep 15, 2012 F Jun 2, 2014
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Heavily damaged artillery pillbox for two 76,2 mm guns.
These good quality weapons originated from the tank gun and were capable of firing at "soft" targets at a maximum range of 7.300 m. They could also use armor-piercing ammunition and had no problem with going clean through a 4,4 cm thick armored plate at a range of 2.000 m.
These type of pillbox would surely prove to be a tough nut to crack if used properly. Here, lack of time prevented the Soviets from installing the proper armament and just the armored housings for the guns were fitted. Once the front line moved far to the east, Germans scavenged the precious (3.689 kg each!) lumps of metal by blowing the entire front part of the pillbox.

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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 Wąsosz Podlaskie Poland POL decay Art Visualmanuscripts

N 1 B 429 C 0 E Apr 14, 2012 F Jun 2, 2014
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A simplified version of the smallest Molotov Line pillbox for one heavy machine gun. Even these simple form of fortification could prove to be a pain for the attackers. Well hidden under the protective embankment they are quite difficult to spot even today. Here just the entrance to the pillbox is barely visible, the single loophole is on the opposite side.
Numerous pillboxes of this type screened the main defensive line in the south-eastern part of the Molotov Line but they were all abandoned by the Soviets and none took part in combat during the opening hours of the German advance into Soviet Union in 1941.

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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 Oleszyce Podkarpackie Polska POL decay Art Poland Visualmanuscripts

N 1 B 736 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 1 B 467 C 0 E Nov 7, 2012 F Jun 2, 2014
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Under a toxic sky... sits quietly this forgotten antitank pillbox built in summer of 1941. Beautiful and mighty from the front, is a miserable ruin from the back. It's never had the 45 mm antitank gun installed and the heavy machine gun has never been placed in its second fighting compartment.
Unfinished and never manned by the hastily retreating Soviets, it shared a fate of several other pillboxes located on the outskirts of small town of Sakiai. Used as a detonation site for disposing of unused ammunition scattered across the fields, had its rear wall totally blown of. Interior chambers and firing compartments are also heavily damaged but the outer shell still stands defiantly ...under a toxic sky.

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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 Visualmanuscripts


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