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Outlying Attractions of Gdansk

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the former Lenin Shipyard
Another part of Gdansk worth seeing is situated further from the centre. It is the Gdansk Shipyard – the relic of the Soviet era. Until the 1980s it was known as the Lenin Shipyard. Though it is of no artistic merit, the Gdansk Port is of great historical importance as it is here that the Solidarity protest movement of the early 1980s was born.

This waterside promontory is situated 12 km north of the Gdansk centre. It is of great historical resonance to the Poles, thus, it is worth a sightseeing trip. It is here that the first shots of World War II were fired at 4.45 a.m. on September 1st, 1939 by the Nazi Schleswig-Holstein battleship. Apart from the battleship, the naval infantry, the dive bombers and heavy field artillery were engaged in a battle against a poorly equipped Polish garrison consisting of 205 soldiers. Over 2,500 Germans fought against the Westerplatte troops. They hoped for an easy victory and did not expect a seven-day battle with huge losses on the side of the Germans. The ruined barracks, the remnants of the trenches and other defensive structures can still be seen there. The original shells from the Schleswig-Holstein bombardment can be found in front of the Guard-House No.1 which serves as a museum nowadays. The Westerplatte monument commemorates the Polish soldiers who after a heroic battle in the defense of the country lost their lives.

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