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WW2 observation post on the Normandy coastline

Aug. 23rd, 2013 | 11:22 pm
posted by: garonne in abandonedplaces

WW2 observation post on the Normandy coastline

On the cliffs above the French port of Fécamp (on the English channel) are perched a whole series of German "blockhaus" from the Second World War, built in 1942 in anticipation of an Allied invasion, and forming part of the "Atlantic Wall".

The bunkers and other installations nearest the road are locked up, but farther out along the cliff edge we found an observation post we could get into.

It was a strange experience: in the photos you see everything thanks to the flash, but it was pitch dark, we didn't have any kind of light and we could see nothing at all in some of the rooms and very little in others. So we navigated by camera, taking a flash photo of the floor in each room before stepping into it!

The observation post from the outside, with the sea in the background

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Abandoned poison gas factory power plant, Okunoshima, Japan

Jan. 3rd, 2013 | 06:21 pm
posted by: dearmisterecho in abandonedplaces

Okunoshima, Japan is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea (between Honshu and Shikoku), and is famous primarily for two things. The first being the huge population of semi-wild rabbits that are found all over the island, and are so used to people that they will hop right up to you and beg for food.

The other is for it's very sordid history. You see, Okunoshima was the site of poison gas manufacturing during World War II. Because of it's size and discreet location, it was the optimum location of creating weapons secretly. The poison gas made here - including tear gas and mustard gas - was used all throughout Japan's occupation of East and Southeast Asia.  After the war, the island was quickly abandoned, and is now a tourist destination with a small resort, golf course, a tiny beach, and of course, tons of rabbits.

You don't have to go far to find ruins. Once you get off the dock, and take a right, you soon come across a rather spooky tunnel, and on the other side you see this:

Once you go threw it, you are standing right in front of one of the main power stations that supplied electricity to the weapons plants.

The signs say of course "no trespassing," but that never stops me (or anyone else, as the abundant amount of graffiti inside proves)...

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If you are interested in seeing more views of this building (including detailed views of the graffiti), other buildings on the island, and of course the bunnies, I have a whole set dedicated to Okunoshima on Flickr.

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