Unpublished private photos from wartime Hanko found!
Last summer an elderly gentleman who participated in the Battlefield Archaeology excavation of the ”Hamsterbo” shelter asked me if I would be interested in looking at some wartime pictures that had been taken bu his father in Hanko.
The pictures proved to be a real treasure trove. They included never before published pictures of the arrival of German soldiers in Hanko in January 1942 and pictures of Soviet prisoners of war in the war ridden town of Hanko.
Four extremely rare pictures of Finnish officers in the company of Soviet prisoners in the grim process of burying remains of Soviet soldiers killed in the battles of 1941 are of particular interest to our research project ”Finding the Fallen of the Hanko Front”. They add a sense of tragic reality to the efforts by the Finnish side to find their own missing soldiers one year after the fierce and bloody battles in the archipelago in the summer of 1941. This daunting task was almost impossible and the search for the missing and killed from both sides is still going over 80 years later in 2022.
I have now scanned the pictures and will start researching them next week. These pictures together with accompanying archive finds will be published in 2025.
Photo: Soviet prisoners of war are beeing hurdled of a truck by Finnish guards in January 1942.
Was general Sergei Kabanov leading the defence of Hanko from a re-inforced and fortified underground shelter or was the reality possibly something very different?
New scientific WW2 battlefield archaeology excavations coming up this autumn. The registration fee is only 20 euros for five days (you can participate for as many days as you want).
Today we managed to collect and document all of the finds on the floor level of the shelter. Many nice finds at Today we managed to collect and document all
Today was the 7th day of the battlefield archaeology excavation in Hanko. Work continued with the careful excavation of the floor level of the burnt down shelter where our team
Day 6 of the WW2 battlefield archaeology dig in Hanko S. Finland where archaeology students BA Fanny Fagerholm (University of Uppsala) and BA Jaakko Ervasti (University of Oulu) today made
On the fifth day of the excavation we took it very slow and excavated level 2,5 of the shelter. It seems we are approaching the floor level because the finds
I woke up at 5 AM and took the two hour long drive from Helsinki to Hanko to meet up with ”Sjöba” at the Hanko Front Museum. In the early
Updated: Nov 27, 2020 Toisessa maailmansodassa, vuosina 1939-1945 kuoli maailmanlaajuisesti yli 60 miljoonaa ihmistä. Monet omaiset eri maissa eivät vieläkään tiedä miten heidän rakkailleen sodassa kävi tai missä heidän viimeinen
Many unique finds were found during the past excavation season of the Hanko 1941 project and now it´s time to clean, sort and identify all of the goodies. The work
It was a tremendous pleasure to be part of this day when a large group of forty students from Kallion lukio visited the WW2 sites of Hanko. With young people
Last summer we successfully located and trial excavated the site of the Hamsters nest (”Hamsterbo”) shelter that burned and collapsed during the fighting on the Hanko Front in September 1941.
What is the ethical justfication of exhuming KIA soldiers in the 21st Century within the EU and elsewhere in the world? Why is this important, who should be doing this
On Saturday 12th of September I met up with junior and senior students from both highschools in Hanko at the Hanko Front Museum. The day was a very rainy one
The first evidence of the use of British55(13,9mm)BoysAnti-TankRifles in the WW2 (1941) battles for the islands in the Hanko archipelago surfaced last week when we surveyed the sites of battle
We are at it again, looking for the remains of KIA soldiers from 1941. The weather is windy and gray but not very rainy so our search got a good
Today an article was published in the local newspaper about the repatriation/reburial of the seven KIA Soviet soldiers discovered near the defensive positions of the 3rd battery of 204th air-defence
31.8.2020 Tuesday (day two). Today was a rather busy day that started with a lengthy web lecture associated with my doctoral studies. Then a two hour long drive to Hanko
31.8.2020 Monday (day one). After introductionary lections at the Hanko Front Museum our small but efficient team of nine opened up a couple of trial excavation areas in close proximity
On August 5th our dive team made the first documentation dives to the wrecksite of the German Junkers JU 88 A-5 off Hanko. Due to the Covid 19 situation the
The excavation nears it´s end and today we filed up excavation area I on the hillock of death. The second excavation area here with remains of wooden structures was documented
Updated: Jul 19, 2020 Today we started excavating ”Hamsterbo” the frontline ”home” of four Swedish volunteers on the Hanko front. This is what I think a frontline WW2 closed find
”Hamsterbo” was a small timber built shelter on the Finnish side of the frontline, only some 100 meters from the enemy. The cramped space of only 4 square meters was
Updated: Jul 14, 2020 Today we kicked off the battlefield archaeology excavations in Hanko. As usual the first day was much about making preparations and getting to know the team
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Turku has been built from the ruins of the Holy Spirit Church and rediscoveredduring archaeological excavations in 1986. Preceding the chapel was a
Finally, tomorrow, something happening on the ”Hanko 1941” front. Me and Mr Lasse Nyman will kick off the first leg of the painstaking work of documenting the area of the
Archaeologist Teemu Väisänen whom many of you already know from the ”Hanko 1941” and ”Durchgangslager Hanko” projects has started an own intriguing WW2 conflict archaeology project near Pori W. Finland!!
During a thorough renovation of an old building near Hanko harbour an intriguing find was made. In the attic, among other rubble was a small Soviet (1940-1941) map case containing
On January 31st I presented the Hanko 1941 project at the annual field work presentations. The two day event was held in the auditorium of the National Museum with some
Updated: Jan 3, 2020
Updated: Dec 29, 2019 During 2017-2019 seven forgotten graves of Soviet soldiers KIA in 1941 were excavated scientifically in order to get a name to the fallen. The repatriation work
Updated: Dec 29, 2019 In May 2019 the Hanko 1941 project conducted a battlefield archaeology survey of the island of Bengtskär. The purpose of the survey was to document all
Today we accuired a real treasure trove of unpublished pictures relating to our ”Finding the Fallen of the Hanko Front” project.