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World War II bunker unearthed in Kurzeme forest

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Finding traces of armed conflct from the past is fairly common in Latvia's extensive forests, but the discovery of a World War Two bunker near Brocēni in Kurzeme region has surprised foresters and historians alike due to its unusually good state of preservation.

LTV show 'Aculienieks' (Eyewitness) reports on the find in the video above.

Zvārde forester Mārtiņš Rutkis says it's the first time he's found such a well-preserved bunker. Logging works were suspended so that specialists could study and record the historic site for posterity.


Historian Roberts Sipenieks, who was invited to investigate, says that around Baltezers near Brocēni in the spring of 1945 active battles took place and the 122nd German Infantry Division was known to be located in this area. The bunker, as a military structure, was a resting place behind the front line. 

The fact that the specific find was a German bunker is evidenced by its orientation as well as its location. As any attack would took place from the Brocēni direction, it was important that the exit of the dugout was on the north side. The fact that the find was a German bunker is also evidenced by the red communication wires in it, which were minimally affected by the passage of time.


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