The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Today we’ll visit the 90th special separate search battalion and see that conditions of every day life there are becoming better.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The barracks are equipped with all necessary things, every company has sports simulators, the lounge has sofas, a library, table tennis, billiards, TV, stereo system. There are even nature corners with tortoises, rabbits, parrots. A summer camp in other words!

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

As soldiers say, food is rather good or at least acceptable. Officers eat the same meals as soldiers. More often theycabbage soup and porridge with tinned stewed meat. Moreover there is no bullying, everybody is equal.

Before summer reinforcements the battalion lacked soldiers and they were always on duty. But after the conscription the number of fighters began to correspond to the staff list. The quality of fresh soldiers is quite poor, but it is a problem for the whole Russian army.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

A museum that existed at the staff is now disbanded. Some exhibits are located right in barracks for educational purposes. The room of military glory is also formed in the company territory. Probably soon there will be more exhibits, currently works are in hammering.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The battalion has a special hangar where all the finds are stored. For example, this installation: a helmet, pot, mug, bottle of vodka, cleaning rod, bayonet and a spade. It is the property of each fighter.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Bags contain soldiers’ bones. Plates “1PR” and “2PR” tell who has dug them up: the first or the second search group.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Several coffins with the remains are ready for burial.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Bones lie in the ground and dry.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The military ironmongery is put along walls.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Remains of rifles, machine-gun cartridges, magazine cases and other military things. Recently a 76-mm tank gun of the T-34 was found, then cleaned, painted, and now it adorns the unit territory.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The battalion makes its search works in Manushkino village that now doesn’t exist. Five years ago one farmer bought a piece of land there and discovered human bones. He addressed to authorities and they started to examine archives and found out that previously there had been a military hospital and common burial places there. There are archive maps of this mysterious area.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Click here to see it from a satellite.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

First of all, the machinery brings the forest down and roots stubs out. Then searchers punch bore pits and try them with probes.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Here a wooden fragment was discovered, probably it was a part of a coffin.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

When bones are found, they are very carefully raised, given a number, photographed and recorded.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Here not only soldiers and officers work. Volunteers can also take part.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Currently in the burial territory three sanitary pits are opened.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

TV men are also interested.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

Excavations are carefully made with knives, scoops and brushes.

The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

It is very hard work. Searchers dig here during 5 years and the end of this work is not even seen.

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The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations

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14 thoughts on “The 90th Search Battalion and Its Excavations”

  1. This is better than the grave robbing we have seen in other posts. At least there is a sense of decorum and decency for the remains of fallen soldiers. Congratulations to the Russian military for getting this right. If only the other grave robbing scavengers could be shut down.

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  2. What madness, to cut the forest down for a pile of old bones and rubbish! It’s no use being sentimental about old bones: bones are just bones. Soldiers get killed in war. This is insanity that thinks itself oh-so-clever.

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  3. I’m glad to see such care taken in recovering the remains of the dead. I hope equal respect is paid to the bones of friend and foe alike.

    On a side note, and not to sound morbid…
    Do you have any idea how much that body armor set in image six would be worth to collectors here in the US? My guess would be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Very few examples remain.

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  4. Sorry for my ignorance, but some one can tell me more about this history?
    what was happened? Why a lot of corps? It was a bombardier, or ambush? any links or a date to search for?
    thanks

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