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THE BATTLES IN THE ISLAND GROUP OF HORSÖN, PART V
- Structure 470 can be found relatively easily on top of a tall rock near the shoreline. According to the fortification map, the structure was a machine gun bunker/dugout. The sub-letter a), meant the observation and fire control nest. Basically the structure seems like a completed machine gun nest.
- View from behind of the structure. The embrasure for a machine or a light machine gun is visible in the middle of the picture.
- Nearby is also some other mined structures, which most likely are the fire and observation nest marked to the map. Of course the structures have been also suitable for a fire position.
- One of the mined structures.
- The same structure seen from a different angle. The entrance in the upper part of the picture is nearly overgrown from vegetation.
- View from the structure.
- Close to the structure near of the shoreline is several single man shelter remains.
- View from the shoreline towards the structure. The peninsula straight ahead contains the structure 415.
- Near of the structure 470, a, is also a memorial to the Naval Battle of Riilahti. The battle was fought on 26th of July 1714. The bigger Russian fleet crushed the Swedish fleet in the battle. Officially it was the first Russian naval battle. Ever after the battle, the Russian fleet has always contained one ship named as a Gangut, which is the Russian name for the city of Hanko.
- To commemorate the naval battle, Russians erected a memorial the area in 1869. Originally there had been a wooden cross, which however decayed. The memorial erected in 1869 was also made from wood and not until 27th of July 1870 a stone cross was revealed. That memorial is located on the right side of the picture. In the year 1925 when Finland had already gotten its independency an idea was raised to commemorate the Swedish sailors who participated to the battle. The suggestion came from the head of the Bromarv Civil Guard (Suojeluskunta). The new memorial was revealed on 27th of July 1928.
- The commander of the Russian fleet still stares to Riilahti and to the warlike history of Hanko Cape.
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