The dangerous machine gunneress is me. Dangerous because of the DP28 machine gun.
My friends have been thinking about the idea of making museum
out of some bunker, but this idea is not for our bureaucratic system.
Collecting all papers and receiving all permissions would probably take
as much time as it took for people to build the serpents walls and at
the end of this venture we ourselves will only be good for museum.
In any way, since I got internet I can make some sort of a
virtual museum and lead readers of this site through places of old
Bunkers are distributed within the fortified area separated by
400-450 meters (about one quarter mile) creating a kill zone for small
arms fire from the embrasures. There are 220 land-based bunkers and
countless underground bunkers (blindages) standing along the ramparts.
All the bunkers are connected with trenches, some with underground passages.
The serpents walls, tank ditches, natural barriers such as
rivers, lakes etc, all this creates the fortified area. The defence
line is located 15 kms from city and was built in 1929-1937. It is 75
kms long. In the illustration below the wall is designated with red
color and the perimeter of the city with the blue.
War between Germany and Soviet Union began in June 22, 1941.
Town start getting prepared for attack. 200.000 people went out to
help army with preparations and on July 11th, 1941 first German troops
showed up on the bridge through Irpen river.
Veterans says the battle began with fire from this
bunker. Kiev witnessed two battles, one for defence and other for
liberation of a city, both were one of the biggest battles of WW2.