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  1. Built in 1934, 1940 attacked by German forces, abandoned since the 1970s. I've visited it together with The_Raw, extreme_ironing and Miaro Digital. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  2. This bunker was built in 1934. It consists of three combat blocks, each linked by an underground gallery system containing barracks spaces, ammunition storage and utility services. The galleries are excavated at an average depth of up to 30 metres (98 ft). In 1940 it was attacked by German forces during the Battle of France and was forced to surrender after a heavy artillery bombardment. It was re-equipped after the war, but was abandoned in the 1970s. I visited with Extreme_ironing, Monkey, Miaro, Andy & Cristina. We tried a couple of others in the area first, one was sealed, the other was no deeper than ground level and empty. As soon as we got inside this one and saw there was a lift going down we were immediately excited. It turned out to be huge underneath with little bits of everything left behind and very little vandalism, an amazing example of it's kind and an absolute pleasure to explore. I have to say a massive thank you to our German friends for making this happen, it was just one part of a fantastic trip over there! One room had several of these old pin ups on the walls The tunnels either side led to the other blocks with their own fort at the top of some stairs Two of the gun emplacements Thanks for looking
  3. This one's inspired by GiJo's small sized WWII finds :-) It's just a machine gun position. From WWII. Built by the german occupants. Located in the woods a few miles south of Oslo. Over looking the main road to Oslo at the time. They'd also stacked masses of stone on the cliffs above the road, to shoot down and block the road in case of invading troops. The whole thing's just a few square meters. Tunnel in, half a meter or so wide, space enough for the gun, and for a man or three to stand upright in the tunnel behind it. Located near a popular bathing site in the lake. Sadly used as garbage dump. Seems like local history enthusiasts have decided to take care of it. They've put up a sign with facts, and hopefully they're cleaning it up from time to time. [url=https://www.flickr.com/people View of the old main road to Oslo, and the cliffs above it, on the other side of the lake.
  4. Decided to head up to Staffordshire on a sunny weekend morning with my usual mooching partner. Set off mid morning and after satnav tried several times to send us down the M6 toll road we arrived in Featherstone, spotted a likely parking spot and strolled in. We paid the price of setting off late as we only managed to get half way round the site before losing the light. Anyone that knows this place (I think most people have wandered around here at some point) will know it's pretty trashed but I have to say we really enjoyed a leisurely 4 hours just taking photos and enjoying the peace and quiet. Did wonder what had killed the four dead chickens (?) we came across on the way in as they didn't have a mark on them. Sunday roast anyone ? Will no doubt be returning at some point soon to see the bits we missed. A bit of history pilfered from here and there... Royal Ordnance Factory Featherstone was filling factory No.17, covering just over 64 hectares, the factory used to specialise in filling various munitions, including, Bombs, Shells, Smoke and Cartridges. It served a major role in WWII but since then has remained derelict, at some point BAE Systems took over the site (which then turned to ROSM Featherstone) and kept the majority of the buildings but sold off 13 hectares to HMP Service who have now constructed a prison on the remains of certain parts of the site. It was shut down around 2000 due to the public learning about what they actually used in production after a fire. The factory produced high end military gear such as penetrators for cruise missiles made from Tungsten, the factory also produced weapons made from depleted uranium (the reason why it shut down). I think this part of the site has now disappeared under the new prison. Now for the pics... Stokers used to turn tungsten powder into its metal form Happy Christmas and thanks for looking