A Cold War Dictator Built 173,000 Concrete Bunkers – Now Light Has Been Cast On Their Dark History

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It was decided instead that the Albanian population should be militarized. From an early age, every Albanian citizen was aware that if an invasion occurred, it was up to them to man their nearest bunker and battle the enemy. There were regular drills to ready the population for invasion, in fact, and each community was expected to clean and maintain its bunkers.

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The bunkers were arranged in such a way that they radiated out from central command posts. The smaller bunkers held two people, but they had a direct line of sight to the larger bunkers, allowing them to receive orders. These bigger structures were always manned and could communicate via radio.

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