Monday 2 May 2022

Day 1/10 of excavating of general Sergei Kabanovs underground command post in Hanko S. Finland.

The 2022 excavation kicked off early this morning in sunny but chilly weather. In the afternoon very cold sea winds made summer seem like very far away indeed. As last year the topsoil was removed with a digger to adepth of a little over one meter below ground surface.

The digger did most of the hard work today.

Today we also got help from local historian who sent us a picture of the layout of the command post. The sketch was made by the Finnish Lieutenant A. Öhrman and published in 1943. It is very probable that his picture was the source for the much later floor plan and scale model of the command post by Stig Nyström (below right).

Sergei Kabanovs underground command post according to Lt. A. Öhrnberg (left) and Stig Nyström (right).

We hope that the excavations in 2022 and 2023 will reveal the true layout of the command post as well as its size. We also hope to find items that can tell us more about how the general lived while leading the battles of the Hanko Front in 1941.

The excavation area in 2021. This years excavation area will be double this size. Photo Aleksi Rikkinen.

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