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The Tirpitz Battery (part III)

The Tirpitz Battery (part III)

It’s been half a year since I’ve presented an article dedicated to Tirpitz German artillery battery. If in previous articles we have relied on field work, on photographic evidence of the remains of the former coastal battery, this time we will focus on the analysis of documents. It should be noted that the attempt to… Continuare

Traian Street, bunkers and casemates

Traian Street, bunkers and casemates

During the Second World War, the Traian Street, due to its coastal position offered a proper emplacement for defensive bunkers. The area is located at the eastern extremity of Constanta City, and its pronounced elevation and slope allowed the construction of bunkers with dominant position over the harbour. We begin in an atypical way our… Continuare

The Tirpitz Battery (part II)

The Tirpitz Battery (part II)

We’re back to the location of the former Tirpitz 280 mm battery. The exploration did not end after the first visit, the work of gathering data and identifying targets is ongoing. This time I’m teaming up with a friend, a historycal photography enthusiast, which will help me to capture aspects I could miss. I will… Continuare

La Vii / Poarta 5 WW2 Flak Battery

La Vii / Poarta 5 WW2 Flak Battery

World War 2 , early ’40s. Romania, Axis Powers. Starting from the extremity of Constanta Port, Cuibul Reginei (The Queen’s Nest), continuing to La Vii (The Vineyard), to Southern Constanta, where it was placed the famous 280 mm  Tirpitz battery, the Romanian Army, along with the German allies has developed a strong coastal and anti-aircraft… Continuare

The Tirpitz Battery (part I)

The Tirpitz Battery (part I)

They say that once upon a time, somewhere between Lazu and Agigea, a place called “La Vii” (The Vineyard), it was the location of the 1940’s Tirpitz cannons battery. Now, something’s not right here – “La Vii” is the former name of contemporary Poarta 5 neighbourhood of Constanta. And Tirpitz battery is not located between… Continuare

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

“Saligny’s Tunnel” that’s how it’s known by some of Constanta’s inhabitants. Not so many unfortunately, especially the youngsters have no idea of the existence of the tunnel that lays below their flats quarter. The tunnel is positioned under May 1st Avenue and Mangaliei Avenue, and we have to note that on the reconfiguration of the… Continuare

Drain gallery on Casino promenade, Naval Forces Headquarters area

Drain gallery on Casino promenade, Naval Forces Headquarters area

The drainage tunnel, dug in the cliff’s promenade, next to the Naval Forces Headquarters has generated interest in the circles of urban explorers of underground Constanta. Due to its location, between WW2 pillboxes and machine gun nests, built in the years of Axis alliance and also, due to its fairly large size, this gallery has… Continuare

The mysterious shaft to pillboxes D si E. The tunnels around the Naval Forces Headquarters area

The mysterious shaft to pillboxes D si E. The tunnels around the Naval Forces Headquarters area

The story and current status of the pillboxes of the Casino promenade, around the “statue of Eminescu” area (by the way, the lady watch over the genius poet is not Veronica Micle, but his muse, Calliope) were presented here. There are two sinister buildings, sunk in darkness and solitude for 7 decades, partially flooded, proof of… Continuare

Constanta Casino promenade WW2 pillbox (E)

Constanta Casino promenade WW2 pillbox (E)

Pillbox type bunker, similar to that presented in the precedent article (pillbox D), with two differences this pillbox is positioned “in the mirror”, his shooting opening facing towards North and also it lacks the periscope. Anyone who has walked on Constanta Casino promenade knows this WW2 construction. But only on the outside… Flooded almost up… Continuare

Constanta Casino promenade WW2 pillbox (D)

Constanta Casino promenade WW2 pillbox (D)

Those are perhaps the most famous Romania’s WW2 pillboxes. Millions of tourists, Romanians and foreigners, have scrutinized curiously the firing openings. Surprisingly, nobody have reliable data about the buildings, its architecture, how it looks inside; not even knowing for sure during which war those pillboxes were raised. This is where Aedificium Constanta came in, and,… Continuare

Constanta Casino WW2 pillboxes

Constanta Casino WW2 pillboxes

Around Constanta Casino promenade, and even integrated into the monument’ structure, there is a vast system of German pillboxes from the period of the Second World War, most of them built in 1944, in anticipation of an imminent Soviet Army invasion. As we know, the act of 23 August 1944 messed up all the plans… Continuare

Constanta Casino WW2 pillbox bunker (C)

Constanta Casino WW2 pillbox bunker (C)

Twin bunker of the one I’ve presented in the previous article. Similar architecture, but the shooting opening is facing towards South. On the interior, the bunker in a structurally in good shape. Only exposed reinforcement (step ladder) has completely rusted, most steps are gone. Sea took its tribute. Fewer PET bottles and waste on the… Continuare

Constanta Casino German WW2 Pillbox (A)

Constanta Casino German WW2 Pillbox (A)

Trapezoidal pillbox, with two shooting-holes, one towards East, the other one facing West (the shipyard). The fortress was build next to the Casino’ substructure, probably in 1944, as defense against the USSR navy. On the inside, the pillbox presents itself in a good state; as being built above sea level was not affected by moisture/flooding,… Continuare