The Swiss set out to fortify Switzerland long before World War II. To me that’s always been a very apt and fitting closure of the circle of fate, because – before the introduction of the long bow – Switzerland had the best and most well-trained soldiers and mercenaries in the world. Probably, more lives have been lost in medieval battle at the hands of the Swiss than many other kingdoms combined.
Here’s what I see everyday on my long 15 km Nordic Walk through the Winterthur countryside:
But here’s what it looks like if you really zoom in:
That’s a bunker. You can’t see it in the snap, but it is situated in the hills high above the village of Winterthur, and the holes are pointing directly down into the village.
There are many, many tens of thousands of bunkers and fortifications all over Switzerland – so I’ve never really been inclined to start a blog series to photograph them. Just like a few others, this one just caught my eye.