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ARMORED SHIPS IN THE HANKO FRONT
- One of the many dugout remains in the area. This one is located close to the narrow isthmus. As a result of the stone reinforcements, this one has kept its shape quite well.
- The same dugout from an opposite direction. On the upper part of the picture, you can see the road, which finally leads to the narrow isthmus, which these positions are mostly guarding. Many of the trenches and firing positions were also facing towards that road.
- Firing position facing the main road in the area, which can be seen in the upper left corner of the picture.
- Intersection in the trench line, with a firing position in the upper part of the picture. Behind that firing position you would get even today a clear view to the main road in the area, which goes through the narrow isthmus.
- Another position in the trench line. The road is just behind the position.
- If you are not looking carefully enough, you might miss some sections from the trench line, as moss and vegetation has covered it so well. During the summer months it might be really difficult task to find anything from here.
- More positions facing the main road.
- Near the Båtviken and Hangistviken, there's a very large pit in the ground to which the trench line is connected. Taking a picture from the actual pit was another matter, but the picture shows you the place where the trench line entered into the "pit", meaning a possible dugout.
- If you then start to follow the trench line, which is cut in two by the road...
...you finally end up to another pit, which is within 50 meters from the pit, seen in the previous pictures.
- A rather wide and well preserved trench line near of the construction 238.
- Most heavily fortified area is the area before the narrow isthmus, which leads to Tronsböleträsket area. Most of the machine gun positions are pointing towards that area, as it has been the most obvious place where the enemy would have needed to try to penetrate the defensive line here. As such, it's also the most advantageous place to defend any attack, as there is a tall hill rising in front of the narrow isthmus. The isthmus also contains trenches, which due to the size of the isthmus is not a huge network of trenches. It still would have slowed down the enemy before the main position in the hill, which is overlooking the isthmus. This fire position points towards the sea and the isthmus.
- Trench line in the small isthmus. This position is right next to the sea, which can be seen peeking between the trees.
- Trenches are all over the place.
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