Close to the terminus of the Casino promenade, close to what is now the touristic Tomis Harbour, in the ’40s there was a machine gun nest. It’s totally invisible from up the promenade, so its existence is pretty unknown.
It’s a turret type WW2 machine gun nest that use to handle most of the East part of the shore. The fortification was „carved” in the massive seafront dam and its configuration is different as compared with the bunkers and the pillboxes of the Casino’s vicinity.
I made it inside through the firing window, an opening of only 43 cm high, but with a very wide horizontally angle, North to South.
The fortification featured a vertical shaft of 120 cm diameter, which allowed the planting or lifting turret in case of repairs. Not knowing the model of the weapon, it is hard to say whether operator’s access was made through this hole, hidden today with a sewer lid. It is certain that, after the war, the turret was decommissioned and extracted via the same shaft it was installed before, when Romania was fighting along the Axis.
The next image display the location of the turret and rail where the turret was sliding . The turret shaft rail has a diameter of 100 cm and is one of the few metal objects that have survived the decades.
Below the turret is the control room, that use to host the turret rotation motor, the targeting system, and gun’s operator. It is a small octagonal room, with height of 110 cm, which allowed the weapon’ servant a very good position to aim and open fire.
All gun nests’s rooms are „equipped” today with an arsenal of PET bottles and beer aluminum cans, brought over here by the sea waves, through the years.
An opening as wide as octagon side allows to move forward in the next antechamber: a parallelepiped shaped room, 40 – 50 cm below the control room, with the sizes of 150 / 130 cm. Photos below shows the right side and the ceiling.
On the left side, as shown in the pictures below, there is an opening to another room. Unfortunately, is completely filled with rocks and sand, perhaps deliberately, the operation was probably done at the machine gun nest decommissioning. It is not known which were the dimensions of the room, if there were any tunnel or connection to another room or who was its utility (access for the soldiers, ammunition transport, we can only speculate).
Also, at the top of the wall you’ll see a circular opening the size of a stove pipe, diameter about 15 cm. Clogged, again. It might have been a part of the ventilation / vapors exhaust system.
Below – the shooting window and the turret shaft dimensions, as well as a map of the area – the machine gun nest F is located on the right side of the image.
At the end, a panoramic view at what use to see the machine gun’s operator, 70 years ago.