This bunker of the German Festungsfront Oder-Warthe-Bogen (Ostwall) was built between 1937 and 1938.
All of the Ostwall fortifications are connected by a 32 km long underground system of tunnels. On 28 January 1945 the red army launched an attack on the central part of the Ostwall. After 3 days of intense fightings the Russians managed a break through in the central and southern part.
The bunker today:
Panzerwerk 717 is part of the 'Ostwall museum' and is open to the public.
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- Text: Kaj Metz
- Photos: Jan Snippe (1) & Kaj Metz (2,3)