Military Open-Air Complex
"Stalin’s line" is one of the most grandiose fortification ensembles in Belarus. The museum complex was made for the 60th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in WWII and as opened in July, 2005. The complex was built with usage of traditional constructions, which was attended by state and public organizations, enterprises of different ownership forms, the enthusiasts.
More and more people all over the world feel a deep interest in the history of the World War II. It happened that the whole territory of Belarus can be regarded as military museum. There's no place that wasn't wounded by the War. The cities and villages were destroyed but the lessons that a war teaches any society shouldn't be forgotten. Thus Belarusian people create museums, exhibitions and expositions dedicated to the War and to the people who died during it.
The Complex "Stalin's line" was founded to the sixty years anniversary of the Victory of Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War. It is the memorial of the year 1941 and the museum of the first days of the Great Patriotic War. The basis of the exposition is original pillboxes and park of military equipment of different years from the period of WWII and to the beginning of 90th. It is the most complete exposition in Belarus.
"Stalin's line" is the chain of defensive installations. It is consisted of twenty three fortified regions including more than four thousand permanent weapon emplacements (pillboxes). It was a strong reinforced unit that spread to 1200 kilometers. There were some other fortified regions in Belarus. Those fortified regions formed a united defense line. Minsk's fortified region No 63, which was 140 kilometers long included 327 pillboxes. In June 1941 at the lines of the Minsk's fortified region started fierce fights with the offensive units of the fascist army.
The exposition of the museum was created and planed so that from the first steps a visitor could feel the spirit of the times. The opportunity to be absorbed in history is one of the distinctive features of the museum. The basis of the exposition is original pillboxes. There is a common belief among veterans that if one comes closer to a pillbox and press his ear to its wall he will hear the sounds of slot-machines and the cries of soldiers. All entrenchments and communication trenches with rifle-pits for machine-guns and with blindages and recesses for ammunition were reconstructed according to the designs of the year 1940.
The park of military equipment of different years is a highlight of the museum. It is the most complete exposition in the Republic of Belarus of all artillery and military equipment, which was adopted in different years, beginning from the war times. Some dates stage reconstruction of fights is carried out in the museum it gives the visitors an opportunity to see the fights which took place at the line of the Minsk fortified region in June of 1941.