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A typical example of a ‘light’ bunker on the former border of Czechoslovakia on Germany in the Krkonose (Giant) mountains, not far from the spring of the Elb river. The building with a tower on the horizon on the right was already in Germany, now it is Poland.


For those interested in history:
The Czech part of former Czechoslovakia was totally surrounded by Germany (and Austria) before WW2. When Hitler got power, an attack against Czechoslovakia was expected, so from mid 1930’s the country invested enormous resources to build a system of bunkers on the whole border. In the areas where nature alone provided a good protection, ‘light‘ bunkers of this type were built while in the wide valleys suitable for invasion stronger and much better armed undeground fortresses were constructed.
In 1938 Britain, France and Italy signed a contract with Germany ordering Czechoslovakia to give up its border areas with German population for Germany, hoping to save piece in Europe. In the heart breaking dilemma the betrayed Czechoslovak government decided to accept, saving the lifes of its people but breaking their souls and hearts. Czechoslovakia lost an important part of its area and its modern weapons gained from the bunkers by German army did a good job against Poland or France then. Many bunkers and some of the underground fortresses are preserved as museums now.

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  • Copyright: Pepa XXX (Czpatriot) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 28] (131)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2005-06-25
  • Categories: Nature, Architecture
  • Exposition: f/5.6, 1/400 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2006-11-03 4:30
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