by Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 18 April 2014

During the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ in WWII, the Neva Bridgehead (or Nevsky Pyatachok) was a vital and strategic site for both the Germans and Russians. For the German army, it served as a staging area for their impending advance on Leningrad. For the Russians, it was a crucial place to reopen land communications with the besieged city. Eventually, 160,000 German troops and 260,000 Red Army soldiers died in the conflict.

Today, remnants of the bloody battles that took place still remain, albeit intertwined with trees. Helmets, grenades (some probably still active), artillery shells, shovels, rifles, and other decaying army equipment all seem to disappear into tree trunks. According to science, a tree’s flexibility adapts itself to wrap around objects that affect its upward growth, which explains the weird fusion between nature and war equipment. Goes to show that given time, nature can heal itself, even from man-made disasters.

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