A machinegun position, the barrel of an MG 34 poking out. The men from a machinegun company in the 217. Infanterie-Division have taken up positions, possibly outside Leningrad, summer of 1941. Part of a trench system, the MG position is situated in a spot where it will be able to provide an interlocking field of fire together with other machineguns. As MG positions are prime targets for enemy fire, the success of any attack resting on the knocking out of enemy machineguns, it was imperative to have cover and camouflage.
The 217. Infanterie-Division was formed in August 1939 in Allenstein in East Prussia (now Olsztyn in Poland). The division took part in the invasion of Poland, where it was mainly used as a reserve unit. It participated in the fighting in Belgium and France, before going back to East Prussia in July, 1940, where it spent almost a year securing the border. In June 1941 it was part of Army Group North, invading the USSR and capturing Tallinn in Estonia. It saw action on the Leningrad front, but was rushed to Ukraine in October 1943 in order to stem the Red Army advance. The Infanterie-Regiment 311 was disbanded together with the rest of the division in November 1943 after suffering heavy losses.
This is what I could tell about trenches. The next posts on fieldworks will be about bunkers.