Przemysl – Molotov Line


In mid-September 1939, the Soviets attacked Poland and occupied the territory assigned to them in the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact with Germany. This moved the Soviet borders that came to border with German-occupied Poland. The former border with Poland had been defended by the Stalin Line. But in connection with the occupation of Poland, the Stalin line lost its practical importance. Therefore, the Soviet Union began to build a new line of defense along the new german/soviet border. The new line of defence was called the Molotov line after the Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov. It stretched about 1300 kilometres from the Baltic Sea in the north down to the Carpathians in the south. When Germany attacked the Soviet Union in June 1941, it was not completed and not sufficiently manned and was therefore quickly forced by the germans.

Current status: Partly preserved/demolished (2009).

Address: Marszalka Józefa Pilsudskiego 4, 37-700 Przemysl,

Get there: Walk from centrala Przemysl.

My comment:

Unlike all the museums found along the Maginot line in France, the West Wall in Germany and the Ostwall in Poland (then Germany), there does not seem to be similar museums along the Molotov Line.

Follow up in books: Hook, Adam & Short, Neil: The Stalin and Molotov Lines: Soviet Western Defences 1928-41 (Fortress) (2008).