Model of the artillery revolving and extendable tower at the unveiling of the exhibition at the artillery fortress Bouda u Těchotín, June 16, 2023, Orlickoustecko.
Těchonín (Orlickousteck) – From today, a model of an artillery retractable turret can be seen in the K-S 22 Horymír building at the Bouda fortress in the woods near Těchonín in Orlickousteck. This weapon system was considered the most important part of the artillery fortress in the Czechoslovak fortifications built before the Second World War, but it was never installed at Bouda. The Pardubice Region, which is the owner of the fortress, had a 1:10 scale model made, weighing 1.2 tons, said in a press release the spokesman of the governor's office, Dominik Barták.
There were not too many surviving plans for the creation of the exhibit. In the end, everything was done thanks to the efforts of historians and enthusiasts. “I am convinced that it will become another attraction for visitors to the fortress, showing them how this weapon was supposed to work,” said Governor Martin Netolicky (3PK/ČSSD).
According to the author of the model, Ondřej Schejbal, the beginnings of the preparations were not easy. “When starting the work, I was based on a single assembly drawing from 1937, several pages of typescript and drawings for armor elements. These only had orientation dimensions and marked centers of gravity, as they were to serve as documents for the intended transport to the artillery fortress. Later, a German a copy of the commissioning and acceptance conditions, which is actually a manual that describes the individual functions and operation of the tower's equipment,” said Schejbal.
At the turn of 2020 and 2021, it was possible to obtain a large amount of archival documents from Slovakia, thanks to which Schejbal had about 650 original drawings for the tower at his disposal. However, it turned out that the development of the tower continued after the Munich conference and some of the original components did not match the original version. Therefore, work on the final form was delayed.
The resulting model was completed in the spring of this year and moved from Vysoké Mýt to the K-S 22 Horymír building in May. It is complemented by five 17-centimeter-tall soldier figures, which will give visitors an idea of the cramped conditions in the equipped building. Almost 4,000 drawings were created for production needs. Drives are provided by electric motors through gears and gears. The control electronics are controlled by radio, although its control panel is firmly attached to the model.