Photo: Bertel Nordenstreng on patrol, probably in the waters of Hitis (Hiittinen). Photographer unknown. Photo by courtesy of Mr Kaarle Nordenstreng.
This page is about the scientific conflict and battlefield archaeology project "Hanko 1941" (2018-2025) in Hanko S. Finland.
The project surveys, documents and excavates remains on both sides of the conflict on the Hanko front 22.6-2.12.1941.
Behind the frontlines the civilian population faced the horrors of war through prisoner of war camps, in military hospitals and morgues for the fallen soldiers. These rapidly vanishing memories and structures are also documented by the project.
All photos marked "photo Hanko 1941 project" may not be copied or distributed without permission.
Private funding secures the conflict archaeology research of General Sergei Kabanovs underground command centre!
The scientific research of the Second World War command post of General Sergei Kabanov took a big leap forward in May 2021 when Mr Kari Karvinen, a former resident of the town of Hanko decided to donate 50 000 euros for the project.
With this donation we will be able to excavate and thoroughly document the entire area of this massive underground complex between 2021 and 2023.
It is the donators wish that after this research the important structure could serve as a tourist and educational attraction.
Battlefield Archaeology excavations!
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July 12th to 16th it´s back to Hanko and WW2 battlefield archaeology of the Hanko Front.
This time we will excavate the front line underground shelter of Swedish volunteers lieutenant Åke Kretz, second lieutenant Sture Stigsson and their ordonnance private Dahl.
The shelter caught fire during the battles in November 1941 and burned to the ground. Inside it were all the material belongings of the three men.
80 years after the battles the shelter forms a time capsule and constitutes an important closed find. It offers a unique glimpse of the battles and the underground life of soldiers of the Hanko front that only conflict archaeology can reveal.
Visit us at the Hanko Front Museum 12.7-16.7.2021 (10.00-15.30) or log in here for daily updates in the blog!
The search for the fallen and missing on the Hanko Front
The scientific ethical work with locating massgraves from WW2 in the Hanko archipelago continues in 2021 and 2022.
The forensic work is made possible with the financial support from a local artist who donates all the incomes from her art sales to the humanitarian work of identifying the unknown war dead and giving the fallen a proper grave.
Click on the links below to look closer at our work "finding the fallen" and locating war graves on the Hanko Front.
"Sodan Jäljet Lähelläsi" (The Traces of War Near You)
WW2 Conflict archaeology is an important educational tool in order to get a better understanding of the catastrophic and devastating effects of war for the individual and the community as a whole.
With a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation (Uudenmaan maakuntarahasto) we are happy to share our knowledge and work with schools and schoolchildren to increase the knowledge of the traces of war in the immediate surroundings of schools in the Uusimaa region during 2021-2022.
Visit Hanko Front Museum
A new temporary exhibition about the archaeology of the underground war of the Hanko front!
The exhibition will open in June 2021
The authors are responsible for the contents in their respective works and the texts do not represent the views or general research results of the "Hanko 1941" project.
Feel free to contact the authors directly if you have ay questions or disagree with issues that are presented in the papers. Your input is valuable for the students and helps them to advance on their scientific journey.
"Tvärminnen vuoden 1941 venäläiset sotavainajat
Arkeologin etiikka hautakaivauksilla"
BA thesis about ethics and the conflict archaeology of war graves.
Turku Open University 20.4.2020 (in Finnish)
Hangon hautalöytöjen tutkimus ja konservointi"
Thesis about the conservation of items found on the bodies of the repatriated Soviet soldiers in Tvärminne.
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences 12.5.2020 (in Finnish)
"Bakom främsta linjen - Militärläger i Hangö från II:a världskriget som konfliktarkeologiska objekt"
BA thesis about the materiality of a DRK dumpsite inside the German WW2 transition camp on Cape Tulliniemi, Hanko S. Finland.
BA Fanny Fagerholm
Umeå Universitet 24.9.2019 (in Swedish)