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ProfessionalFinn #1 Posted Aug 01 2019 - 17:46

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I took these pictures in July 2019.  “Sturmbock-Stellung” is located at Järämä on the western bank of the Lätäseno River, in Lapland Finland.  https://goo.gl/maps/RLA4hvKG4WNyHDxk8

Started in 1943 by the Germans and was used by the Germans to delay and battle Finnish forces in the Finnish/German Lapland War of 1944.  

For a good write-up about this fortifications visit   http://jaramaeng.blo...ation-area.html

 

This is a fun place to visit, open and accessible.  My only complaint are the swarms of mosquitoes.  Like Stukas, they press home the attack.

 

What these photographs do not do justice to are:  

1- The robust use of granite in bunkers, block-houses and trenches.  Heavy and thick in all 1209 meters of this trench-line.

2- Hard to flank, with Sweden on one flank and Lapland wilderness on the other flank.

3- It is situated on a commanding steep bluff .  My guess the height averages 15 meters above the only direct lines of attack.  Except for the "German Road" (built by the Germans and called this today by the locals), this stellung would be hard to climb in peace to climb let alone storm in battle.


Edited by ProfessionalFinn, Aug 01 2019 - 18:28.


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Nice, thanks

ProfessionalFinn #3 Posted Aug 01 2019 - 21:49

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This image provides prospective of the commanding height of the fortification.

 

Another trench view....

 



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Very cool!

I really like the stone bunker.

Nothing shabby about the wooden gun emplacement either.

You do what you can with what you have.

 

Jussi told me there were always a lot of stones.

Their farm was fenced in with dry stacked stones to contain livestock etc and the round barn was stone to the second floor.

He taught me how to sink the rocks that are too big to move.

 

We're building a house in the interior of BC in an area that looks very much like this. My father-in-law thought the area looked very much like his childhood home.

The exception is instead of birch trees there are aspen, same look but different tree.

Tons of pines too and very rocky with many wetlands and lichens all over the rocks just like here.

Cold winters just like Finland.

Glad I have 4 wheel drive and Hakkapeliittas

Down to -35 C in winter and up to 30 C in summer.

 

The other difference, its in quite a mountainous area, but being on a plateau @ 3500 feet you can't really see the mountains. :honoring:


Edited by the_Deadly_Bulb, Aug 25 2019 - 04:16.


ProfessionalFinn #5 Posted Aug 25 2019 - 20:33

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View Postthe_Deadly_Bulb, on Aug 24 2019 - 19:14, said:

Very cool!

I really like the stone bunker.

Nothing shabby about the wooden gun emplacement either.

You do what you can with what you have.

 

Jussi told me there were always a lot of stones.

Their farm was fenced in with dry stacked stones to contain livestock etc and the round barn was stone to the second floor.

He taught me how to sink the rocks that are too big to move.

 

We're building a house in the interior of BC in an area that looks very much like this. My father-in-law thought the area looked very much like his childhood home.

The exception is instead of birch trees there are aspen, same look but different tree.

Tons of pines too and very rocky with many wetlands and lichens all over the rocks just like here.

Cold winters just like Finland.

Glad I have 4 wheel drive and Hakkapeliittas

Down to -35 C in winter and up to 30 C in summer.

 

The other difference, its in quite a mountainous area, but being on a plateau @ 3500 feet you can't really see the mountains. :honoring:

Thank you Mr D Bulb.  Lapp mosquitos  - I could spent hours at this location.  Pictures do an injustice to the robust nature of this defense.   The Germans cut-down the trees in 1944 so the fields of fire were clear.  



the_Deadly_Bulb #6 Posted Aug 25 2019 - 21:59

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View PostProfessionalFinn, on Aug 25 2019 - 11:33, said:

Thank you Mr D Bulb.  Lapp mosquitos  - I could spent hours at this location.  Pictures do an injustice to the robust nature of this defense.   The Germans cut-down the trees in 1944 so the fields of fire were clear.  

This stuff is OUTSTANDING for mosquitos, and no DEET.

Where we're going its a must 3 months of the year.

That and a good zapper.

 

In Europe look for Icaridin or Picaridin.

Its the repellent used in this and has been used in Europe for longer than here I believe.

Works very well in very infested areas. 

 

edit: if you get this in your eyes or mouth its going to be like pepper spray, but its not greasy has very little odor (not like DEET at all) and takes very little to discourage bugs. 

Does really last.


Edited by the_Deadly_Bulb, Aug 25 2019 - 22:05.


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Does the Finnish government preserve the defensive works of their ally turned enemy?

ProfessionalFinn #8 Posted Aug 26 2019 - 00:21

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View Post_Smang_, on Aug 25 2019 - 14:25, said:

Does the Finnish government preserve the defensive works of their ally turned enemy?

No, the old Swedish forts are left to rot and decay.  :sceptic:



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View Postthe_Deadly_Bulb, on Aug 25 2019 - 12:59, said:

This stuff is OUTSTANDING for mosquitos, and no DEET.

Where we're going its a must 3 months of the year.

That and a good zapper.

 

In Europe look for Icaridin or Picaridin.

Its the repellent used in this and has been used in Europe for longer than here I believe.

Works very well in very infested areas. 

 

edit: if you get this in your eyes or mouth its going to be like pepper spray, but its not greasy has very little odor (not like DEET at all) and takes very little to discourage bugs. 

Does really last.

Thanks for the tip.  Will give it a try next time in Finland.






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