Two big airraid shelters in Wilhelmshaven will be demolished to make a place for a giant factory hall. Works will probably start as soon as April.

The two Kriegsmarine Truppenmannschaftsbunker 750 built in 1943 stand along the Hannoverschen Straße. Similar bunkers can be found in all German harbours, but they’re getting rare. So drive to Wilhelmshaven and get your pictures before it’s too late!

More info on these sort of bunkers via www.truppenmannschaftsbunker.de.


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In Hoek van Holland a 47 year old man was recently arrested for digging out and redecorating underground bunkers.

The man started in 2009 by digging out a bunker in the centre of Hoek van Holland in the so called ‘Roomseduin’. A park which is now quit popular among dog owners, but in the war held two strongholds for the ‘Marine’ (Wn. 25 M) and ‘Heer’ (Wn. 22 H) with at least 13 Küverbunkers. The first squatted bunker was discovered by kids in 2009 who warned the police, because they were threatened by the man. The kids noticed that the bunker was being decorated with new windows, walls, trenches and even air fresheners… When the man noticed people were on to him he decided to use a new bunker, less then 20 meters away.  There he started all over again, digging new trenches, marking his terrain with barbwire and even laying dangerous booby-traps with sharp long nails for unwanted visitors.

The new bunker, very well hidden under sand and bushes was a Küvertype 450b. The entrance was given a new trench constructed from stolen fences from the nearby soccer club. And for supporting beams wooden poles were used. Inside everything was cleaned perfectly, while one room used to be filled with sand about 1.80m high. All this sand was moved outside and camouflaged with bushes. The windows were given new frames and electricity and sewer pipes were stored ready for use. The entrance was given a new fence, including a lock.

A third bunker was also found, about another 20 meters away. But he only just began digging here, and now stolen material was found.

The police was never able to get the guy until last week after some stake-outs at night. He was caught visiting ‘his’ bunker, but has been released for a lack of evidence and a confession. The main question remains what the ‘crook’ was actually planning with his activities. As also in 2005 a strange camouflaged ‘hut’ was discovered in the dunes, including a self made covered trench and escape motorcycle with prepared route trough the bushes.

These photos are from the first discovery in 2009 and right after the arrest in 2012. The first picture also shows the situation of the first bunker before it was dug-out.
The paintings you see are in the third bunker, which like all the other bunkers, were reused after the war for housing and the boy scouts.

Some time ago I’ve posted the video by Steve Powell of the Festungspak plate at Wn Schonbucht Mitte on Guernsey. This time I made my own video in Batterie Ørlandet, better known as Austrått Fort in Norway.

A group of Czech volunteers restored the gun and accessories to mint condition.

The guys of the 622 personnel bunker near the Moerdijk bridges have made a ventilator driven by motor working again. Here’s a little movie of them.

During construction works on the sea wall in Scheveningen, a part of an anti-tank gun casemate type 625 has been found. It’s been partially demolished just after the war.

It still shows some of its impressive camouflage painting. A part will be further demolished while the rest will be covered under the new dike. More photos here.

Remaining camouflage pattern on the bunker. (Photo: Stichting Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen)

Remaining camouflage pattern on the bunker. (Photo: Stichting Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen)

The actual bunker during the war. (Photo: Bundesarchiv, Koblenz)

The actual bunker during the war. (Photo: Bundesarchiv, Koblenz)

In June we posted about two ‘Kleinstglocken’ 24P8 found in the south of France. One of them was obtained by the Association de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Historique Militaire in Le Wantzenau, near Strasbourg.

And what they did was fantastic. They’ve meticulously renovated this turret to a mint condition and put it on display outside their museum, on a small room which allows visitors to see the inside.

A fabrication number was found on the inside which showed it was made by Gruson, as late as in 1941!

The whole renovation project was photographed and can be seen on the association website.

Fantastic video by Olivier Benoit using a Canon 5d MkII and a drone (small remote controlled plane) of the Karola fire control tower on Île de Ré.

More of his work on http://noibix.com/blog/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camouflaged Dreischartenturm 407P9 in Denmark, probably Hanstholm. (Photo: Collection Frihedsmuseet)

Dreischartenturm 407P9 in Denmark, probably Hanstholm. (Photo: Collection Frihedsmuseet)

The city of Saint-Nazaire is known for its ignorance towards World War 2 heritage, destroying many unique bunkers and truncate the U-Boot bunker. But all of this would be peanuts compared to the plans to destroy the Marineflak headquarters at Saint-Marc.

The bunker, a huge and very rare Fl 250, consists of a big bunker with a 18 meter tower overlooking both the sea and inland. It’s in a very good state of preservation. Offices were built on top of the bunker with a fantastic patio in the middle surrounded by wooden beams with a very important quotation by Goethe:

“Allen Gewalten zum Trotz sich erhalten”

In English it’s “Despite the violent forces against us….we must overcome”. It became a slogan of the German resistance to Nazism. This building is truly not just another bunker but historical heritage.

Please send a letter, yes a real old fashioned letter, to the Service Territorial d’Architecture et du Patrimoine, ans ask them to protect this unique bunker. It would be an opportunity for the city of Saint-Nazaire to finally accept that World War 2 is also part of the city’s history, a big part even! You can write your own letter or use the example below.

Monsieur l’Architecte des Bâtiments de France M. Alain Tournaire
Service Territorial d’Architecture et du Patrimoine
1, rue Stanislas Baudry – BP 63518
44035 NANTES Cedex 1

Objet : inscription ou classement d’un élément architectural remarquable à St-Marc-sur-Mer (commune de Saint-Nazaire)

Monsieur,

Par ce courrier, nous souhaitons attirer votre attention sur la nécessaire sauvegarde d’un des plus remarquables vestiges du Mur de l’Atlantique situé à St-Marc-sur-Mer, 5 route Ste-Eugène. Cadastré EK 387, cet ouvrage appartient à la Commune de St-Nazaire.

Il s’agit d’un ensemble comprenant un Blockhaus type Fl 250 avec une Tour d’observation haute de 18 m reposant sur un large bunker enterré dans un état exceptionnel de conservation. Cet ancien poste de commandement de la DCA de la marine (Défense Contre Avions) a été construit en exemplaire unique sur tout le Mur de l’Atlantique. Sur le bunker enterré est construit un ancien mess de marine tout aussi remarquable, avec un patio, des colonnes en briques rouges et des poutres gravées. Il s’agit là d’un des tous derniers bâtiments de cette époque encore en place aujourd’hui. Cette construction dan s son ensemble, qui a fait l’objet de nombreux référencements dans plus de 10 livres historiques, est visitée tous les ans par des centaines de passionnés, notamment des Hollandais, des Belges, des Britanniques et des Américains. Il est absolument indispensable, pour notre mémoire collective, d’inscrire ou de classer cet élément architectural remarquable.

A titre d’exemple, le Blockhaus d’Eperlecques dans le Nord-Pas-de-Calais a été classé monument historique. En Normandie (Calvados et Manche), tous les vestiges du Mur de l’Atlantique ont été intégralement classés ; ils font l’objet de soin, comme le Poste de Commandement de la Pointe du Hoc pour lequel les autorités américaines ont engagé plus de 4 millions de dollars de travaux pour consolider la falaise sur laquelle il repose. Dans les îles anglo-normandes, ce patrimoine est fortement mis en valeur par les autorités. En Charente-Maritime, sur l’île de Ré, la Batterie Karola comprenant une haute tour d’observation bétonnée a été classé Monument Historique en 2004. Il est grand temps d’agir en Loire-Atlantique où, malgré une étude financée par la DRAC menée par M. Eric Lemerle en 1999, qui recense l’intégralité des vestiges du Mur de l’Atlantique dans le département, rien n’a été fait depuis. Alors qu’il était justement prévu, suite à cette étude, de classer une dizaine de sites les plus remarquables.

Nous nous prions d’agréer, Monsieur, l’expression de nos salutations respectueuses.

"Allen Gewalten zum Trotz sich erhalten”. (Photo: Arthur van Beveren)

"Allen Gewalten zum Trotz sich erhalten”. (Photo: Arthur van Beveren)

 

This bunker for communications in Schagen, Holland, was unfortunately demolished after the war. Luckily there’s this picture of what appears to be a thirties style house. What an effort to camouflage this bunker!

618, Oude Slotstraat, Schagen, Holland. (Photo: Beeldbank WO2)

618, Oude Slotstraat, Schagen, Holland. (Photo: Beeldbank WO2)A regular 618 without the camouflage. (Photo: bunkersite.com

 

A regular 618 without the camouflage. (Photo: bunkersite.com)

A regular 618 without the camouflage. (Photo: bunkersite.com)