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Report - Wi-Ma Factory Air Raid Shelters and few more - Lodz - Poland - July 2013

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  1. bhg

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    Wi - Ma Cotton Mill Air Raid Shelters

    There are over 50 air raid shelters, bunkers and nuclear bunkers that still exist in Lodz, most of them were built during Second World War and in 50's. During my busy holiday I decided to check some of them. I got info from a great website about Lodz's air raid shelter - Strona o £ódzkich Schronach, and again I would like to thank the site owner for his help...

    Wi-Ma Cotton Mill is one of many redbrick factories in Lodz, that I visited before. My old report : http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums...k-cotton-factory-lodz-poland-july-2012-a.html. Old Cotton Mill was turned into armoury factory by Germans during the Second World War and the shelteres were built then.
    It is partially live and secured. I was quite lucky there, basically walked on site, by the security hut and quickly headed towards the shelters. I wasn't spotted at that time, so quickly entered the first one and started taking photos. There are three air raid shelters on site, close to each other, all still in the very good condition, and all accessible.
    I knew that I would get caught eventually, which was pretty stressful, especially when I had to move from one to the other. And I did, while taking pictures in the last one I heard steps behind me and usual question - what are you doing there? - I almost finished which was ok and security guy was really nice. He told me that he has to take me now to the office and report my obvious trespassing. I wasn't really that bothered so went with him. I turned out really good, cause I spent over 40 minutes drinking a coffee and chatting with the owner/director, who told me about old undeground track tunnels built by Germans, that run under the whole site, and apparently original equipment is still there. it seems I will have to come back there..

    Some pics here:

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    Emergency entrance and vent

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    Air Raid Shelter 2 (for 56 people)

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    Air Raid Shelter 3

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    Karol T. Buhle Cotton Mill Air Raid Shelter

    Visited with Steampunkgirl and Gaj.

    During the Second World War factory ( http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums...l-boiler-house-lodz-poland-august-2013-a.html ) was producing parachutes for German Army, and the shelter was built then, it is still in a good condition.

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    Air Raid Shelters - Saperow Street and Krucza Street

    Visited with my cousin - Steampunkgirl.

    We spent ages that day, trying to find as many shelters as we could.

    Saperow Street Air Raid Shelter

    The first one we found (actually Steampunkgirl did - I was standing 1m from the entrance without seeing it :), also built during the Second World War - is turned into a storage room now.

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    Then one - Konstantynowska Street - with no access:

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    Krucza Street Air Raid Shelter

    Another one built during the Second World War. And again used as a storage room now. We had to ask some local wine noses to lead us there...

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    And few more on Piotrkowska street, sadly with no access:

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    and Steampunkgirl

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    Enjoy!
     
    #1 bhg, Aug 28, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013

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