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Piotr Tymiński / 91 items

N 3 B 725 C 0 E Sep 13, 2012 F Jul 10, 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 971 C 0 E Sep 15, 2012 F Jun 2, 2014
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Three-loophole, frontal-firing heavy machine gun pillbox. What you see on the photo is an exposed back of the structure. The cracks in the massive concrete slab are a result of detonation of explosive material which had been used to blow off the armored housings of Maxim machine guns (they are on the opposite side).
This two-storey bunker would normally sit deeper – the ground level would obviously be where the entrance is. The slit, or opening, to the left of the photo served an important purpose: it allowed the blast of an explosive charge, or grenades, thrown into the entrance, to dissipate. A small loophole further to the left housed an extra light machine gun to protect the entrance. Just below there's a metal pipe sticking out – it was an air intake. All of the pillboxes required a constant supply of fresh air – and lots of it – once the guns started to sing their tune the amount of smoke inside the bunker would make the life of the crew unbearable so proper ventilation systems had to take care of efficient air exchange.

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N 1 B 845 C 0 E Sep 26, 2009 F Jun 2, 2014
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This small, single-loophole machine gun pillbox sits quietly on a forest clearing. It can hardly be seen and that's exactly how they were supposed to look.
Some of the pillboxes were indeed built in the forests; trees were then cut down all around to provide clear field of fire. What's interesting is that 30-40 cm tree stumps were always left in place. It was a clever approach – they did not provide any significant cover for the attackers but made any wheeled vehicles movement practically impossible.
There were so many of these stumps left along the Molotov Line that even today, after more than 70 years, this kind of deforestation is called by the locals “a Russian forest”.

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N 4 B 1.3K C 1 E Apr 4, 2011 F Jul 10, 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 14 B 1.9K C 7 E Oct 25, 2011 F Jun 2, 2014
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Two-storey pillbox equipped with a 45 mm antitank gun and two heavy machine guns.

Or, rather, it was supposed to be equipped like that. Although some other bunkers in this strongpoint were fully equipped and armed this one was just an empty concrete slab. When the German steamroller crashed through the border in summer of 1941 Łebki strongpoint, undermanned and still unfinished, was hastily abandoned. No resistance was offered and 13 pillboxes located in the area wear no combat scars.

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