Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

This is one of the Kuril islands, the ones that were once Japanese. These were heavily used by the army as they are almost on the border and public access was very restricted previously. However nowadays there are agencies organizing tours to these places so the photographer took one such tour and here are the photos of the location, which was once upon a time closed to tourists.

Beautiful, untouched for years, nature, foggy atmosphere, remains of German and Japanese military hardware – this is what you are going to see in the photos inside.

Photos One of the Kurill Island

That’s a sat map of the island. Basically, as the author says, it was mainly used as a support airfield for Japanese army in order to prevent American attacks that could come from the North (thru Aleutian islands). Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Lots of fuel barrels are still on the island. As you can see, these are of German origin, as Japan and Nazi Germany were allies, it seems like Germans supplied the island with fuel.

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

The sign in Russian says that the airfield of this airport was heated by the underground hot springs that are abundant on the island.

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Like there were special pipes under the surface of  the airfield which were heating it.

Photos One of the Kurill Island

However, the author has not found any traces of this technology being intact. Photos One of the Kurill Island

Those are the machine gun bunkers.Photos One of the Kurill Island

To protect the island from invasions.

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Nature stays untouched there. the author says that the island has no docking facility for the boats to dock so probably the only way to get here is by plane or helicopter.

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

Photos One of the Kurill Island

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8 thoughts on “Photos One of the Kurill Island”

  1. I wonder which of the islands is that, because on Shumshu there are many wrecks of the Japanese tanks just sitting under the open sky. I wish Russia would either ship them abroad for restoration or do it by itself – I’ve seen vehicles in worse state than this being restored to full running condition. But probably no, they belong to the “imperialist” Japan, so there’s no place for them in the state museums – unless some enthusiasts restore them, they’ll probably just rust away.

    • What Imperial Japanese vehicles did you seeing these pictures ? . People neither have the time nor money to restore everything .Just moving something off this Island is out of most peoples price range. Most museums take donations , They do not have bank accounts full of money to restore stuff.

  2. The German barrel was very probably taken there by Soviets. It was common practice in WWII to use any containers available for fuel transport, even those from enemy armies. E.g. I have English 1942 jerrycan I found in a toolshed. It probably got there with Wehrmacht or Yanks, because English army did not participate in liberation of former Czechoslovakia in 1945.

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