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ARTILLERY IN BATTLE, PART I
- The actual accommodation dugout remains does not look like much. Just a faint shapes are visible to a sharp eyes.
- Few stones can be found near of the remains, which have been part of the dugout construction. Much more interesting is what we found near of the remains.
- These had been lined up, like someone was supposed to come and take these away in any minute.
- Partly exploded artillery grenades were lying right next to the remains.
- All of the grenades were badly rusted.
- All of these are used, meaning that these were fired, but the explosion has been only partial.
- Cone giving a comparison of the size of these.
- Looking how these have been arranged here, makes it probable that these have been here for the past sixty years and were suppose to be taken away when the troops left from the area.
- Ammunitions found from the Russian positions in December 1941. (Picture: N. Helander. Published 1942 in a book Kampen om Hangö)
- Next to the grenades were rusted parts from the grenades.
- These had been piled on top of a stump.
- Close up shot to one of the completely rusted objects.
- More of the same...
- Lying close by was also a piece from a sea mine.
- The thick iron shell seems to have been pierced by a bullet.
- The ammunition findings were informed to the Finnish Defence Forces, which cleared the grenades from the area at the beginning of May 2006. It really is no joke, that it is not wise to start digging up metal objects from the ground in the Hanko Cape area. The war here in a way is not over yet...
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