Patareikomandöri Aleksandr Stebeli saatus.

Legendaarse patareikomandöri kapten Aleksandr Stebeli saatust varjutab saladuseloor.

Ametliku versiooni järgi sattus ta sakslaste kätte vangi ja hukati Valga vangilaagris. Seda olla tehtud eriti julmal moel: Stebel valatud miinuskraadide juures veega üle ja ta külmus surnuks. Teise versiooni järgi algatasid lihtsõduriteks maskeerunud Sõrves vangi langenud poliittöötajad vangilaagris kakluse, mille käigus Stebel surma sai. Mõnekümne aasta eest olid elus veel sõja aegsed karjapoisid, kelle sõnul tapsid poliittöötajad poisikeste seas populaarse Stebeli enne Mõntust põgenemist, sest viimane ei tahtnud oma mehi hüljata. Tema surnukeha maetud Karuste küla kiviaeda. Kõige vähemtõenäoline tundub kuuldus, et Stebel läks vangistuses sakslastega koostööle, elas sõja üle ja suri loomulikku surma.

Storyteller: Tõnu Veldre
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Tõnu Veldre vestlused kohalike elanikega 1998-2000

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The Coastal Battery No 315 command post (Stebel)

This battery command centre is situated in a now deserted part of the village of Sääre.

The coastal defence battery was named after its commander, Captain Aleksandr Stebel. Construction began in May 1940 and the battery was completed shortly before the outbreak of World War II. The battery deterred German marines in Lõu Bay and provided covering fire for the Red Army’s Lõpe-Kaimri defensive line. The artillery was destroyed during the Red Army retreat in October 1941, after which the lower levels of the barbettes were flooded. The complex comprised two artillery barbettes mounting two 180-mm guns, a command centre, a fire control tower in the shape of a windmill, a generator and a heating plant.

Unfortunately, these intriguingly engineered battery positions are situated on private property and are difficult to locate. As such, anyone interested will have to make do with viewing the command centre from the outside, as its lower level is submerged. The centre was drained in 2010, but had filled up with water again just a few months later.