Saturday, April 1, 2017

A - Atlantic Wall Museum, Oostende, Belgium

Hitler's Atlantic Wall runs from Norway in the North all the way to the south of France. It was built by Adolph Hitler to keep the British, mostly, and eventually the Allies, from invading Western Europe. 

The wall did not serve its purpose, though it was not without deterrence.  On June 6, 1944, D-Day commenced.  The Allies landed and started the push to take back western Europe from the Germans, leading to the end of World War II.  The Allies lost 209,000 soldiers at Normandy.

Remnants of the wall in Oostende, Belgium (above)

Here are photos from my trip to see parts of the wall in Belgium at the Atlantic Wall Museum.

Where the Commandant lived or whomever he was.

These are examples of defences that were built to keep tanks and men from crossing the beaches on the Atlantic coast.
An entrance to the underground bunkers is seen in the lower right.
A German gun
An entrance to the bunkers
A bunker hallway
A mock-up of what one of the underground gun stations would have looked like.

Here is the link to a program on the Atlantic Wall.  Since the YouTube poster admits to not having the copyright, I am just posting a link and not the video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoiC_GpIvCk .  I watched this on PBS.  It is part of a series on Nazi mega weapons.

Have you visited this wall?  What are your thoughts?

Every year that I have participated in A to Z (five) I have had a bonus.  This year it is plants growing in my garden.
Bonus:  Daylily 'Arriba'

46 comments:

  1. Some fascinating history there! Even though I lived in Germany and travelled a lot, we never made it to Belgium. Pity! That's a lovely lily.
    Debbie @ THE DOGLADY'S DEN
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    1. I enjoyed Belgium very much. More to come.

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  2. I haven't heard of this wall, fascinating. This period of history fascinates me; I read a lot of fictional books based in WW2 and the Holocaust. Such a sad time in the world's history I do believe.

    Will follow along with your A/Z's as I can :)

    betty

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    1. I had not heard of it before planning the trip either. Glad I visited. The video I posted is fascinating.

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  3. I've never been to Europe, but visiting various sites connected to World War II and the Holocaust are on my bucket list. This is something I would be interested in - thank you for the virtual visit. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I too am very interested in both world wars, so I truly enjoy visiting this part of the world.

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  4. Yay! We're off to a great start, Denise. So looking forward to your posts.

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  5. Great post, Denise. I studied history in college, and I've always found WW II fascinating. I've never been to Europe, but this site is on my list if I ever get the chance to go.

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    1. There will be more historical places to come. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  6. Hi,

    Great pictorial visit -- I feel as though I've been there! I too enjoyed a visit to Belgium some years ago, but didn't see this.

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    1. Thank goodness for guide books. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I only a short trip across the water from this and I'm ashamed to say I've never visited it. Something else to add to the must-see list!

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    1. Well, I can name several places close to me I have yet to visit. Yet I've traveled half way round the world.

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  8. Interesting! That wall doesn't look like it would keep much out. I wish we lived in a world that didn't require walls.

    I am very much looking forward to your posts and I have a feeling you will be on my roll for a very long time!

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    1. It was quite formidable when it was built. All sorts of anti-tank anti-human devices.

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  9. I have spent many hours in Ostende (Oostende if you insist) it was a stomping ground for me as a late teen. However, I don't ever remember seeing the wall remnants, nor would I have been terribly interested at the time. Britain is littered with war memorabilia too of course, and those I saw a lot of living in the county of Kent.

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    1. You must have been having a really good time. Lol.

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    2. I was. Just watched that video, interesting. I am shocked that they even have the shells in the bunker in Norway. I would have thought they would have disposed of those. I have been inside pill boxes of course, they were littered around the British coasts and we kids used to play in them. We also have Martello Towers which I think were built during the Napoleonic Wars. May be wrong there. Of course Matt and I lived all through this, Matt more so than I. He remembers bombs and the Battle of Britain dogfights in the skies. I was more in the north (Manchester area) so I only remember the sirens.

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    3. So glad your family survived. It is really crazy to watch the videos and realize that someone would waste so much money building those things. The entire series on Nazi War Machines is incredible.

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  10. I don't think I will ever be able to visit this place. But yes, thanks for the lovely photographs. It's stunning! :)
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  11. I've read a lot of history stuff about WWII (fiction and non-fiction), but I've never heard of this. Looks like I have some research to do! Fascinating.

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    1. Same here. It was news to me when I first heard of it.

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  12. I love history plus I am married to a retired military man. WW2 is one of our favorites. My FIL served in the Pacific. One day I wish to go to Normandy - my husband's uncle parachuted in we'd like to trace his route into Berlin.

    Awesome and enjoyable first post Denise.

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    1. Normandy is still on my list. Two trips to France and I still haven't been there.

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  13. Wow, interesting post! I didn't see the wall when I visited Norway in 2008. I wonder where it begins.
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    1. I don't know where it starts in Norway. Much of it has been destroyed by war and weather.

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  14. Oh my! Studying history is always so intriguing to me. Thank you for sharing those pictures - I haven't seen the Atlantic Wall before. I would like to visit it (and pretty much every other historical site) one day, though!
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    1. I enjoy history too and love visiting these places.

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  15. I love the pictures of heading into the bunker and the bunker hallway. I had not heard of the Atlantic Wall. My Aunt and Uncle visited Normandy last year and really enjoyed the trip.WeekendsInMaine

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    1. Normandy is still on my list. Those defences killed a lot of men there.

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  16. I have never been there but I would find it a bit eerie and sad. It is a big part of history so I would want to see this one day. I love the flower!

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    1. It certainly shows you something about the mind of Hitler. If you have the time, the video is very interesting. I wish I had seen it before I went over.

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  17. My dad is a huge WWII history buff, I think he would love this museum. Thanks for introducing us to it!

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    1. It was eerie walking around and knowing the history there.

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  18. I have not visited the wall, but it looks daunting. That is a very big gun.
    Tasha
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    1. Amazing experience. I recommend it.

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  19. I'd never heard of the Atlantic Wall so found this really fascinating. Also love your flower of the day. Good luck for the rest of the month.

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    1. Amazing what we discover when travelling.

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  20. Denise, my knowledge of world War history could definitely do with improvement. Thank you for this post on the Atlantic Wall. Enjoyed going through these pictures, especially the bunkers. I wonder what they felt like cowering there, waiting for the bombs to hit.

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    1. Hitler built these bunker compounds all over. There are some huge ones to be found in Germany and Poland.

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  21. If I ever knew about the Atlantic Wall, I had certainly forgotten it. Thanks for sharing the history and photos!

    And... what a lovely Daylily! Beautiful color.

    Trudy @ Reel Focus

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    1. I don't remember ever hearing about it before planning the trip.

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  22. I don't think I have ever heard of this wall. The history of Hitler is so deep. I love the picture of your day lily!

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    1. I think some of the folks in our country need to brush up on the history of Nazi Germany.

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