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70, a, b, c, d, e & f
THE BEGINNING, PART I
- The military was able to move out its heavy guns, but the task wasn't easy at all. The barrels of the guns in Russarö, which weighted over 30 tons, were pulled to the shore with using only man-power. Everything was moved out from Hanko Cape, including even the remains of the soldiers who had died during the Winter War. The Hanko Cape was officially handed over to Soviet Union on 22nd of March 1940, when the Finnish Professor I. Bonsdorff officially handed over the area to the Soviet General Major M. Moskalenko. In the evening, the first Russian soldiers landed to Hanko with airplanes.
- Looking the above structure from a distance, we walked past it, as it really doesn't look like a military structure. Only a bit more careful look towards that direction revealed the small stones around the position, which are left from the mining job.
- Only a closer look reveals a AA-machine gun position. The roof on top of the position is a later addition and isn't part of the original construction.
- View from another direction into the position.
- A coastal artillery gun position. The communication trench can be seen leaving in the upper part of the picture, towards the ammunition bunker and accommodation area for the gun crew.
- The communication trench has been mined into a rock and reinforced with concrete.
- At the bottom of the communication trench.
- Doorway into the accommodation area.
- Between the two gun positions, there is a position made from concrete. The actual purpose of this position is a bit unclear, as its a very small one. A grown man stand in there, but not much else.
- One of the two coastal artillery gun positions.
- View towards the sea. On the right side of the picture you can seen the island of Västerskär and on the left side of Västerskär, the islands of Bergön and Porsön can be seen dimly.
- Right in the shoreline is the floodlight position, which is in excellent condition, like is the case with the whole coast artillery position.
- View towards west from the floodlight position.
- A short communication trench, which has been mined into a rock, leads into the floodlight position. The trench line is covered with vegetation, but the structure 70, a, b, c, d, e & f as a whole, has survived remarkably well, most likely thanks to the local summer residents, who have not filled the structures.
- View from the floodlight position towards the sea. On the left side of the picture you can see the island of Porsön, which was part of the Finnish advanced positions.
- View towards west from the nearby cliffs. The islands of Bergön and Porsön can be seen completely in the picture.
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