"Hedgehog" got stuck at the river. American soldiers let it loose
American soldiers from NATO battalion battle group have dug out a "hedgehog", that is an anti-tank obstacle most likely from WWII era. One of its beams was sticking out on a shore of Orzysza river for years. The "hedgehog" was placed in front of a museum, next to a T-34 tank which had "starred" in Kazik Staszewski's music video last year.
"The obstacle most likely dates back to WWII and has been left here by the German army. But this we will try to determine. The important thing is we've managed to pull out the object from the ground," said the director of the Museum of the Army, Military and Orzysz Land - Beata Szymankiewicz.
The museum announced on its Facebook profile that it has expanded its collection by this very concrete anti-tank obstacle, known as the "hedgehog".
Soldiers used heavy equipment
"(...) (It) weighs about 300 kilos. One of its beams is always pointing up and can block a heavy-armoured vehicle from passing," we read in the Facebook post.
The obstacle was buried at the bank of Orzysza River. The museum director asked the American soldiers from the NATO battalion battle group stationed near Orzysz to pull it out. They used heavy equipment - an army-owned pulley truck.
Sappers checked the area
"As unexploded bombs are often found at the river, the area was first checked by sappers," Szymankiewicz said.
The "hedgehog" was put on display in front of the museum. "It was placed right next to a historic T-34 tank, which last year had "starred" in Kazik's music video 'Nie mam na nic czasu, bo oglądam seriale' (I can't find time for anything because I'm watching TV series)" - the museum director said with a smile.
At least three more "hedgehogs" still in the ground
The museum hopes for continuation of the fruitful cooperation with the soldiers.
"Many secrets may be hidden in the ground. We know about at least three more "hedgehogs" buried at the river. Those would be really hard to pull out, as we don't know if they are in one piece, and so the soldiers could have troubles with attaching latches.
- Ziemia może skrywać wiele tajemnic. Wiemy, że na nabrzeżu zakopane są jeszcze co najmniej trzy "jeże". Te akurat trudno byłoby wyciągnąć, bo nie wiadomo czy zachowały się w całości, więc żołnierze mogliby mieć problem z zamontowaniem zaczepów - przyznaje dyrektor.
Źródło: TVN24 News in English, tvn24.pl
Źródło zdjęcia głównego: "Muzeum Wojska, Wojskowości i Ziemi Orzyskiej w Orzyszu