A couple of German bunkers during the First World War.
The First World War was a positional war, during which the front line moved infrequently. Quite a few trenches and positions were created on the territory of Belarus, where the German-Russian front stood. I often heard about the remnants of German positioning facilities in Belarus, but I never saw them personally, and just recently I went to look at two German bunkers in Western Belarus.
Under the cut - a few photos.
02. The first building. It seems most of all on a small bomb shelter from small-caliber shells. The building is very high quality, of excellent concrete. I think even if you want to disassemble this thing it would be difficult.
03. In the lower part of the concrete ceiling, metal anti-skid arcs are visible - they protected from fragments of concrete that could have occurred if the projectile hit the roof of the bunker. The inscription above the entrance states that the DOT was built in May 1917 by the Second Battalion, and then, apparently, goes the name of a regiment or a larger military unit.
04The structure was disguised by all the rules of military art with a layer of turf, and most likely it was completely invisible from reconnaissance aircraft of those years.
05. The second pillbox has survived just as well and looks like this. Two rectangular openings near the ground were once full-fledged entrances to the building — the trench that led to the bunker was covered with earth from time to time.
06. The attraction of this bunker is a chic concrete stucco-bas-relief above the entrance. Here is a shield with baroque curls, horns and the inscription "Gärtners Heim", which can be translated as "Garden House" - apparently, it is such a kind of military humor of those years :)
07. These are the facilities. Stood a hundred years, and just as much will stand.