Results 1 to 7 of 7

Suomenlinna Island Fortress, Helsinki, Finland 2012.

Article about: Just back from a trip to Helsinki where I visited both the Suomenlinna Island Fortress and the Helsinki Military Museum (for which I'll post another thread). The fortress is a must see for a

  1. #1

    Default Suomenlinna Island Fortress, Helsinki, Finland 2012.

    Just back from a trip to Helsinki where I visited both the Suomenlinna Island Fortress and the Helsinki Military Museum (for which I'll post another thread). The fortress is a must see for any military enthusiast visting the country. We jumped on a harbour ferry (around 2-3 euros for a 15 minute trip) which operates from the Market Square. As you can see, February saw the region reach twice its average snowfall for that time of year! However, the bonus being that the island wasn't crowded with its usual flocks of tourists.

    The fortress was started in 1748 under the Swedish who hoped to fortify their frontier against Russia and protect shipping channels in the area. Lieutenant-Colonel Augustin Ehrensvard (1710-1772) was given responsibility for overseeing the construction and became its first commander. His tomb is included in the photos below.

    In 1808 under an agreement between Alexander I and Napoleon, the Russians occupied Finland and ended Swedish rule. At the time it garrisoned 12,000 troops along with families and support personnel. Then in 1854-56 during the Crimean War the island was shelled by an Anglo-French fleet which damaged the fortress. During WW1 it was restored and used as a defensive work to protect approaches to St. Petersburg. Later it was used as a prison camp during the Finnish Civil War where many communist prisoners died of starvation and disease. It was still used as a closed military zone until 1948 but then placed under civilian administration in 1973.

    Also featured on the island is the Finnish U-Boat "Vesikko", which patrolled the Gulf of Finland during WW2. In summer months the U Boat and surrounding museums are open to the public.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 104.jpg 
Views:	2 
Size:	238.6 KB 
ID:	314787Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 128.jpg 
Views:	2 
Size:	248.8 KB 
ID:	314802Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 137.jpg 
Views:	2 
Size:	263.7 KB 
ID:	314801Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 130.jpg 
Views:	2 
Size:	249.7 KB 
ID:	314800Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 126.jpg 
Views:	2 
Size:	258.7 KB 
ID:	314799Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 135.jpg 
Views:	1 
Size:	239.0 KB 
ID:	314798Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 127.jpg 
Views:	1 
Size:	250.9 KB 
ID:	314797Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 114.jpg 
Views:	3 
Size:	248.0 KB 
ID:	314796Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 123.jpg 
Views:	0 
Size:	244.7 KB 
ID:	314795Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 138.jpg 
Views:	3 
Size:	261.1 KB 
ID:	314794Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 112.jpg 
Views:	1 
Size:	245.9 KB 
ID:	314793Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 110.jpg 
Views:	4 
Size:	266.6 KB 
ID:	314792Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 105.jpg 
Views:	0 
Size:	242.8 KB 
ID:	314791Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 111.jpg 
Views:	2 
Size:	246.4 KB 
ID:	314790Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 106.jpg 
Views:	1 
Size:	255.6 KB 
ID:	314789Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 102.jpg 
Views:	1 
Size:	248.7 KB 
ID:	314788Click image for larger version. 

Name:	holiday 136.jpg 
Views:	1 
Size:	260.0 KB 
ID:	314803
    Last edited by Friedland; 03-02-2012 at 07:51 PM.

  2. #2

    Default Re: Suomenlinna Island Fortress, Helsinki, Finland 2012.

    Wow, I was in Helsinki in 2008 and I didnt know about this!

    Great pics , thanks for showing

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

  3. #3
    ?

    Default Re: Suomenlinna Island Fortress, Helsinki, Finland 2012.

    Love the pictures.
    Anxious to see the museum photos.

  4. #4

    Default Re: Suomenlinna Island Fortress, Helsinki, Finland 2012.

    Nice old artillery pieces.
    Super interesting mate thanks for posting.

  5. #5

    Default Re: Suomenlinna Island Fortress, Helsinki, Finland 2012.

    Nice photos. I think a lot of the prisoners you spoke of may have
    frozen to death there - It is a very bleak and imposing structure.
    I like all the old artillery pieces as well.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Suomenlinna Island Fortress, Helsinki, Finland 2012.

    Beautiful photos mate.
    Fantastic.
    Cheers.
    Nuno

  7. #7

    Default Re: Suomenlinna Island Fortress, Helsinki, Finland 2012.

    Nice pictures, I have always wanted to visit, but living in Lapland, it is so close, but still so far, but someday!

Similar Threads

  1. Russian dagger from the fortress of Sveaborg in Helsinki

    In Imperial Russian and White Army pre 1920
    02-06-2016, 09:17 PM
  2. 07-21-2012, 10:54 PM
  3. Corregidor Island, Philippines

    In After the Battle
    11-13-2011, 04:34 AM
  4. Pak 38 gun in Tutters island

    In Armour, Weapons, & Aircraft recovery
    08-21-2009, 12:12 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •