(Pekka Silvast)

- In the change of 1980's and 1990's we did almost a similar mapping, which is shown in this site. The mapping back then, was done with the Military Museum. The bunkers were photographed. The results of that mapping however has not been published and it is most unfortunate, that the shape of the bunkers has deteriorated since then.

- The Russian positions were mapped very carefully in the 1980's. It was based to the mappings done during the war time. This file has been used for example in planning the usage of land in the Hanko Cape area.

- The caves in Harparskog were used as a ammunition storages all the way to the 1990's. The defensive line was also rearmed again in the 1960's, at the same time as the Fort of Bolax and Fort of Krokö in the Hanko Front area, were armed again with the 152/45 guns. The reason for this rearming was because Cold War tension was rising. At the same time the positions in Salpa-line, were also rearmed. I received this information from my father, who used to work at that time, in the armament department of the General Staff.

- The Harparskog area was also used many times in the military refresher course at least in the 1980's. I participated to one such a course and at that time there was at least one defensive company living in the caves and in the bunkers. All of the bunkers were also locked and the defensive line was guarded. The guns weren't removed from the bunkers until at the end of the 1980's, about the same time, as we mapped the line with the Military Museum.

- The bunker below the Harparskog school was and still is a museum and it is possible to visit it and see the bunker in its original shape. During the Scout Camp of 1996, part of the Scouts stayed overnight in the bunker.

The last Finnish post delivery from Hanko - 20.03.1940


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