Though sometimes the 'Golden Years' seem more like tarnished brass, they are not the end of adventure. I invite you to follow me as I transcend from full-time government employee to full-time life observer. I'll cover life, government, travel, food, gardening, whatever crosses my path.
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.
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'