During the Cold War, Hungary was one of the westernmost allies of the Soviet Union. As a member of the Warsaw Pact, Hungary had to station a significant number of Soviet troops and military equipment on its territory. Now we’ve gone inside one of their most classified bases, and taken pictures.
Hungarians got used to seeing the vehicles of the Red Army on the roads, their air force in the air, and Soviet soldiers and officers in the local market — this lasted from World War II to 1991, the year when the Soviet union ceased to exist.
The Soviet military personnel deployed in Hungary lived isolated from the civilian population, but Hungarians knew where and what kind of units were stationed here. A lot of local people worked for the Soviet troops as civil crews (cleaning staff, kitchen staff, etc). Only one top secret, highly classified unit remained totally unknown: there was a military base deep in the forests near Tótvázsony, in the middle of Western Hungary. The staff there was completely Soviet — even the janitors were brought from the Soviet Union. This mysterious place was called Little Moscow, and people only heard rumours about what was going on behind the heavily-guarded double barbed fences.
The secret was gradually revealed only years after the complete withdrawal of the Soviet troops. There were two underground bunkers, designated K-1 and K-2, where the Soviet army stored more than one hundred nuclear warheads which were capable of reaching Western European targets on the rockets of strategic missile troops stationed nearby.
The now-abandoned military base is officially under control of the Hungarian army, but poorly guarded, so basically anyone can stalk inside the pitch dark remains of these halls that once housed weapons of mass destruction. The following photos show you the site, very similar to a first person shooter game scenario, where mutants and aliens await you in every dark corner.
Pictures: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo
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