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Piotr Tymiński / 91 items

N 8 B 1.4K 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

N 5 B 2.5K C 0 E Sep 15, 2012 F Jun 23, 2014
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This antitank pillbox, designed for two machine guns and a 45mm antitank gun, is a bit of an oddity. It is connected by an underground passage with two other pillboxes and forms a small group clustered close together in the forest. It's the only ony visible enough for taking a photo since it's just on the edge of that forest.
There are several such groups in the area and the question is: why build them this way? There are thousands of pillboxes on the Molotov Line, yet there are only a dozen which were connected underground. They were usually built in pairs and only one had an entry, the other being accessible only through the passage from the first one. After years of research the answer WHY is still eluding us. Thre area in which they were built is no different (in terms of terrain) that any other so why bother? On the other hand, there are places where it would make sense to construct such clusters of connected pillboxes but again, they did not bother to do it.
Soviets had always been masters of improvisation and made good engineers and builders (in a truly positive sense) but sometimes we tend to overestimate their wisdom. The explanation might be simple and, to some extent, laughable. Somebody made a plan, sooner or later it had to be implemented somewhere. They happened to have enough building material so they did it right there. There were many cases when what was effectively built was seriously drifting away from what was initially made on the drawing board. Plans were changed, factories producing various parts of equipment were not informed on time and the builders, always in a mad rush to catch up with the schedule, were ending up with a pile of stuff which was not quite compatible with the original design. And so they had to change things on the fly – all these stories are described in surviving (very few) memoirs of those who had been building these vast fortifications. In some way, they are fun to read...
Therefore it is not excluded that somebody all of a sudden remembered that there was a design a bit different than the common ones, parts of the underground passage were ordered (sort of concrete Lego bricks, nothing fancy), then promptly brought by train (or could've been even made locally) and voila, here it is!
Or, the chief engineer responsible for this particular part of the line, just liked the idea of undergound passages:)
Once you learn to think the Soviet way, things sometimes become just a little bit more obvious...

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

N 1 B 766 C 0 E Nov 9, 2012 F Jun 4, 2014
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Two-loophole heavy machine gun pillbox near the road to Sakiai. Five pillboxes were built in and around the village of Isdagai but not even one was fully equipped and armed before 21 June 1941.
They were supposed to screen the road hub in Sakiai from the south-west but the collapse of the Soviet front in the Baltic States was so rapid and the advance of the Germans so swift that they had never seen any combat.
Today they seem to almost sink in muddy fields and most of them are so overgrown with bushes that getting to their loopholes is often a real struggle. Entrances and empty loopholes are often sealed with brickwork to prevent entry into the flooded compartments and in those rare occasions when there is a chance to get inside one needs to crawl in the mud to squeeze into the openings made narrow by the mud and debris.

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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

N 1 B 667 C 0 E Oct 25, 2011 F Jun 2, 2014
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A periscope tube with remains of the mechanism to rise/lower the periscope. Most of the pillboxes, except for the smallest ones, were equipped with good quality periscopes mounted in a metal tube which was closed by a round plate at the roof of the structure. The plate was moved sideways by a long iron rod attached to the handle shown at the photo. Then, a periscope could be risen to provide 360 degrees view. Those plates and tubes proved to be the weakest spot of the Soviet bunkers. The round plate (or lid) could be pried open by a crowbar and grenades could be rammed inside the tube. Most often than not, once the German assault pioneers got to the roof it was usually beginning of the end for the crew inside.

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N 13 B 3.3K C 2 E Apr 15, 2010 F Jun 2, 2014
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This 3 x heavy machine gun pillbox, located just 6 km from the former German-Soviet border, shared the fate of almost all Molotov Line bunkers in Lithuania: unfinished and unmanned proved to be no obstacle for the advancing German troops.

Its front part, where the machine guns were supposed to be fitted in three separate casemates, is entirely blown off after it had served as a testing site for the pioneers.

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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 Visualmanuscripts


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