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Discover Kaliningrad: History of the Fort of Koenigsberg
February 26, 2018 14:46


Fort No. 5 is a powerful defensive structure surrounded by a moat with water, a stone wall and an earthen rampart. It was built in late XIX century and passed its main test in 1945.

To be more precise, the fort could not stand the attack, but the defenders of Koenigsberg killed ten soldiers of Red Army men for each dead German at these walls: that was the price paid by the 43rd Soviet Army for the conquest of the fort “King Friedrich Wilhelm III”.

Nowadays the fort looks in an idyllic way. The water of the defensive moat covered by light ripples reflects the peaceful blue sky; brick posterns and protective shelters (caponiers) are guarded only by a bored cashier.

We can only imagine how soldiers broke through the wall under the hail of fire. But on the Victory Day the territory in front the fortifications is given to the military re-enactors, and the war returns: it is a performance with pyrotechnic explosions, without blood and destruction. The peaceful museum exposition seems to disappear, and the military fortress comes to life.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina



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