German Baltic Division in Finland 1918

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Hanski
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Post by Hanski » 18 Feb 2004 16:05

As it was a bright and sunny spring day today, I went to take a closer look at the scars in the Pitkäsilta bridge, already depicted in the previous photo by Ike_FI.

It is quite a thought that these shots and machine-gun bursts with their impact still so clearly visible on the stones were fired in 1918 by the German troops, in the historical moment shortly before the surrender of the Reds in Helsinki.
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Post by Harri » 18 Feb 2004 18:34

Couldn't they (partly?) also have been caused by Soviet bombings in 1939 -1940, 1941 or 1944? Or are they all really from the year 1918? At least very similar kinds of WW II era "scars" are seen for example on the mount of the J. V. Snellman's statue ahead of the building of Finnish Bank.

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Post by Peter H » 18 Feb 2004 23:44

Another view outside the hotel.
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Post by Hanski » 19 Feb 2004 13:51

Harri, that was also my first thought, but please check the posting on page 2 by Ike_FI, and the following link:

http://www.pitkasilta.hai.fi/kukkulalle/tori.htm

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