Lithuania Issued Stamp on Kaunas Fortress

lithuania stampLithuania has issued a stamp dedicated to the Kaunas Fortress on 11th April 2015. The postage stamp created by the artist Mindaugas Gribauskas features a plan of the Kaunas Fortress dating back to 1903.At the end of XIX century, the Tsar’s Russia, following its strategic plans, decided to turn Kaunas into the first class fortress. In 1882, the city was surrounded by 9 forts and 12 batteries. Also, the roads and a military railway line were built, and military towns, workshops, laboratories, storehouses, and shelters constructed.

In 1912, the first aerodrome in Lithuania was build, and the construction works of the second circle of forts started. After the World War I, the fortress has lost its military function. Some forts have been turned into apartments, workshops, and a military prison. During the World War II, the forts VI, VII, and IX became the death camps.

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