German soldiers pause for a seemingly leisurely rest during the invasion of Poland. They stand beneath a road sign in the north of Poland in the Polish Corridor, which divided the bulk of Germany from the German province of East Prussia and provided Poland with access to the Baltic Sea. Near Nowa Karczma, Kościerzyna County, Pomerelia (now, Pomeranian Voivodeship), Poland. September 1939.
A Polish POW is singled out for punishment at the roll call area (Appellplatz) of Stutthof concentration camp. Stutthof was created directly following the German invasion of Poland. The camp was in operation from the day following the German invasion of Poland and was the last camp liberated by the Allies, on 9 May 1945.
The first inmates imprisoned on 2 September 1939 were 150 Polish citizens, arrested on the streets of Danzig right after the outbreak of the war. The inmate population rose to 6,000 in just the following two weeks as thousands of Polish soldiers were taken as POWs and the Germans rounded up Polish intelligentsia. During the camp’s operation, tens of thousands of people, possibly as many as 110,000, were deported to Stutthof, with as many as 85,000 deaths. Stutthof concentration camp, Reichsgau Danzig-West Prussia, Germany (now, Sztutowo,
Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). September 1939.
Polish soldiers, taken as POWS after the German declaration of war on Poland, are marched to a collection site under guard of German soldiers after the Poles were defeated in battle in Walrubien (Warlubie) and surrounding areas in West Prussia. Reichsgau Danzig-West Prussia, Schwetz an der Weichsel, Germany (now, Warlubie, Świecie County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). September 1939.
Leaving the market in Hel, you’d normally start off walking alongside the coast line from around the harbour. Obviously, the weather was rather dark that day, which made most of the coast line look somewhat depressing, but then again, it gave those pictures a certain level of atmosphere.
And here we have it: the castle of Lapalice! To reach it I fought myself through a muddy forest in deep rain but I finally made it. This masterpiece of architecture has been build in the 90′s (if I remember that right) by some rich guy until the government forbid him to. Long story short - it’s left unfinished for eternity and becomes and amazing place to visit!
Here you see the little polish charming town of Kartuzy that probably no one ever heard of. It was quite nice walking around there even though there were extensive amounts of rain, but you’ll soon see why it was worth it.
Obviously, there’s loads and loads of military environment to be found within the area of Hel - and each and every of those bunkers and batteries is totally free to enter! (You should bring flashlights though.)