Schrapnel and timber constructions

During the last day of the first leg of xcavations we mainly concentrated on documentation. But we also encountered a couple more interesting finds.

The first find testifies to the dangers of life in the frontline. On one of the excavation areas a lead schrapnel ball still laid embedded in the tree trunk it hit 79 years ago when a Soviet schrapnell shell exploded over the Finnish positions.

A discarded water bucket testifies to the failed attempts of the Finnish soldiers to put down the fire. Their efforts were sopped by the command of a senior officer when hand grenades started detonating by the heat and Sovie troops opened fire towards the flames.

The surviving faint and fragile timber constuctions of the Finnish fronline were meticuously documented beforethis weeks were rounded up with a short thank you speech to the participants.


Finnish troops attacking a Soviet held island in the Hanko archipelago in the summer of 1941. Photo SA-Kuva.

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