Abandoned Air/military bases in Poland

by Shaun Audane   April 18, 2009  


Wondered if anyone else shared a fascination for urban decay/photographing old abandoned areas-especially the former Eastern block? I found a fascinating article about eighteen months back translated by my Aunt about two Polish men who took a tour through the deserted forests and through disused Russian military bases...

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There's a deserted WWII airfield on the hills above Bath. I've never been there but one of the guys I used to work with knew it well, it's particularly interesting because it's on a plateau hemmed in by surrounding hills .

The book your aunt is translating reminds me of something I once heard on R4 about a guy travelling through the Ardennes one winter in the late 1950 - he was hitching and travelling by bus and somehow he got lost, it was starting to snow and he found himself in the middle of the forest feeling cold and desperate when he spotted a pill box making his way inside he was unpleasantly surprised to find that it contained the remains of a dead german still propped up next t his rusting machine gun. He didn't stay.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
18th April 2009 - 22:38



Can't say that I've taken an interest in that specific subject, but on todays ride (a loop around the Elan Valley/Aberystwyth mountain road) we passed the reservoirs that supply Birmingham, via pipe line. This is fairly common knowledge, but to have the vision to implement such a massive construction scheme more than 100 years ago is quite amazing. I'd like to see see some photos of the construction process. Guessing H&S wasnt that important in those days....

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posted by gandberg [215 posts]
19th April 2009 - 0:30

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i was on an old airbase in poland only last year actually. sitting in a 1990 ford transit being driven by a robot.

didn't get many photos, except of me in a polish army uniform after the airline lost my luggage on the way there...

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posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
21st April 2009 - 18:58