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SECTION HANKO ARRIVES
- A dugout remains near of the Harparskog memorial.
- Intersection in the trench line.
- Observation or firing position in the trench line. Some loose stones are left near of the position, but these most likely have been placed here after the war.
- Trench line in the rocky area of the defensive line. What's an interesting thing to note is that who ever was in charge to build this part of the trench line, disregarded the instructions given from fortification staff. The orders explicitly forbid leaving the small stones near of the trenches, as these would have made the fragmentation effect even more devastating. Instead, the officer in charge should have pointed a place, where the stones and other remains from the construction would have been placed. It might be also, that the construction effort came to a sudden halt after the Russians left from Hanko and there really was no need to move these anymore to anywhere.
- Trench line, which has been supported with small stones to some degree.
- It is interesting to think that over sixty years ago these trenches were full of life. Today only wild animals can be spotted leaping over the trenches.
- The north-west area of the defensive line in Harparskog area has a rocky terrain and that also shows in the trench line, as a lot of stones has been used to support the trenches.
- An old firing position. The Finnish Defence Forces still practices a lot in the area and the trenches here looked to be a much newer than in other areas.
- More remains from the firing positions in the trench line perhaps dug by the conscripts from Brigade of Uusimaa.
- A rather large pit near of the trench line in the area of Skogby village. This most likely is a dugout remains.
- Another pit meaning a dugout remain, near of the Harparskog village.
- Trenches in the area of the Skogby and Harparskog village, has been dug into a very sandy ground and that shows today in the line, as erosion has shaped the edges of the trenches very effectively. Fortunately not many people walk in the trenches, so people do not cause anymore erosion and those that do walk here, should try to avoid causing any more damage to the trench lines. That way perhaps the next generation can also visit these places and still see the remains from the Harparskog-line.
- After the Winter War, the construction of trench line was modified a bit. A straight or nearly straight line was noticed of not being well suited for its task. That's why after the Winter War, the instructions were given, that the trench line should be made so, that there's separate firing positions for the men. Those depressions in the trench line, which point outward from the actual line, are the firing positions.
- General view of the area.
- Another dugout remains, this one close to the accommodation bunker 453.
- Firing positions right next to the railroad.
- More firing positions in front of the Harparskog village.
- A shallow pit, which might have contained a position for a light machine gun.
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