Coastal artillery tower MB-2. 180 of these towers were built in the mid 30's and early 40's of the twentieth century, in various regions of the Soviet Union. They were a formidable force to protect the coast, but after the development of missile weapons, their defensive value has fallen markedly. However, the batteries continue to be
maintained in a serviceable condition, and they are used periodically for conducting training. An artillery battery is not only guns in the towers, it is also an underground powerhouse, fuel storage, command post, rangefinders and a developed system of underpasses which are interconnecting all these elements.