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Default Miedzyrecz Nazi Fortifications - 15-04-2011, 23:49

Visited this massive bunker complex with a Polish Collaegue and was extremely impressed with this phenomenal piece of nazi engineering. The place was massive and we spent a good 6 hours looking around before the torch batteries started letting us down. Following extract from Wikipedia to give some history :-

The Międzyrzecz Fortification Region (German: 'Ostwall or Festungsfront im Oder-Warthe Bogen', Polish: Międzyrzecki Rejon Umocniony) is a fortified military defence line in Western Poland, between Oder and Warta rivers.

Built in 1934-1938, it was the most technologically advanced fortification system of Nazi Germany, and remains one of the largest and the most interesting systems of this type in the world today. It consists of around 100 concrete defence structures partially interconnected by a network of underground tunnels. Some of the forts and tunnels are available for visiting.

The most interesting part is the central section, which begins in the south with the so-called Boryszyn Loop near the village of Boryszyn and extends about 12 km to the north. In the central section the bunkers are interconnected with an underground system of tunnels, 32 kilometres long and up to 40 metres deep. In the underground system there are also railway stations, work shops, engine rooms and barracks.

It is also the largest European underground bats refuge, giving shelter to some 32,000 bats of 12 species in the wintertime.

The design works of the fortified defence line started in Germany in 1932. The first stage, until 1935, included constructing of water obstacles and 12 light bunkers. Adolf Hitler visited the construction site in the end of 1935. The end of works was scheduled for 1951.

When the Soviet army reached the defence line in the course of the Vistula–Oder Offensive in January, 1945, its advance was so rapid that the Germans did not have enough time to man the line adequately. It took only 3 days for it to be broken.

Typical surface structure - Lookout tower in background is modern construction to watch for forest fires.

Turret - Note :- these pock marks made by Polish artillery practice in more recent years.

Another bunker fan

These holes for demolition charges and were spaced evenly throughout the tunnel system

Artillery piece

Intact switchgear

Entire complex reinforforced on the surface with anti-tank traps
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Default 16-04-2011, 08:33

Very cool !!!

smoke me a kipper ill be back for breakfast
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Default 16-04-2011, 08:56

Ive seen some amazing stuff on the net, just too much to see in europe this included.
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Default 16-04-2011, 13:12

very cool! ...and a nice find with the lizard too
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Default 17-04-2011, 11:37

Great set of pictures yet again
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