Fortress sights in Brest
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If you are going to see only one Soviet WWII memorial in your life, make it Brest Fortress. The scale of the fortress itself is so massive and the heroism of its defenders so vast, even the giant stone face and glistening obelisk are dwarfed in comparison.
Between 1838 and 1842 the entire town of Brest was moved east to make way for this massive fort. During the interwar period it was used mainly for housing soldiers and had lost most of its military importance. Nevertheless, two regiments bunking here at the time of the sudden German invasion in 1941 defended the aged fort for an astounding month. The whole structure withstood incredible attacks, including at least 500…