Near the end of WW2, between 30 and 50 anti-fascist partisans were trapped in fields here defending themselves against Bulgarian bomber planes. They held out for several hours, surrounded with no hope of escape or survival. One of them was a doctor who had treated wounded fellow partisans at secret infirmaries. He was captured alive here and tortured for several days, at which point he revealed the address of one of the infirmaries, leading to the machine-gunning there of fourteen-year-old Mitko Palauzov along with others. Despite rewriting of history following the Soviet occupation of Bulgaria immediately after WW2, Palauzov was not in fact a resistance fighter, but was – at the direction of his active partisan father – in hiding with his mother who was a nurse at the infirmary. Erroneous Soviet-era statues still stand in Bulgaria of soft-faced Palauzov carrying a gun, although in truth he never fought. Palauzov’s father was subsequently murdered by poisoning by the ruling Soviets after he expressed his outrage that his son’s memory had been manipulated for political ends. Shot and edited in 4K ultra high definition by Gunner.
In the estimation of Bulgaria-based historian and writer Jonathan Taylor, Lenin was “Marx with a machine gun” and “a right short-arse”. In 1987, left-leaning teachers stowed this large painted plaster bust of him in the basement of their school near Sofia, evidently unsure as to how far the pendulum that was toppling the Soviet empire was going to swing. After the subsequent abandonment of the school, Lenin sat forgotten for almost three decades next to a bust of Gyorche Petrov Nikolov, a left-wing Bulgarian revolutionary and one of the leaders of the Macedonian-Adrianople movement who was assassinated in a politically-motivated killing in June, 1921. Shot and edited in 4K ultra high definition by Gunner.
Dusk was the perfect time to visit the monument to the Soviet army at Buzludzha. The torches, held aloft decades after the post-WW2 establishment, and subsequent dissolution, of Soviet rule in Bulgaria, were still glowing, warm to the touch in the summer sunset. Shot and edited in 4K ultra high definition by Gunner.
Abandoned since 1986 this derelict prison camp located in a remote area of the North Island in New Zealand barely resembles a prison. The prison is heavily decayed with surprisingly little vandalism and the prisons strange colour schemes were meant to help calm prisoners. Our road trip taking us to this prison began with a sunny 18 degrees, five hours later we were in snow, this place had a very somber feeling to it.
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Abandoned in a patch of farmland in New Zealand lies this abandoned plane, the plane was originally a military plane which transported RNZAF squadrons until 1978. The plane was then sold on to an Airmotive company who had planned but found no further use with the plane, thus the fuselage was broken up and transported to the farmland where it still lays to this day, a sad end for such a fantastic and unique looking plane.