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Monuments de Chagrin

Over the years, numerous photographers were fascinated by the bunkers of the Atlantikwall. The big inspiration, I think, for all these photographers was the French cultural theorist, urbanist, and aesthetic philosopher Paul Virilio. His 1975 book Bunker Archéologie is a classic, and also the first to examine the concrete World War 2 structures in detail. […]

Posted on September 28, 2020 at 10:04 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Demolition of Saint-Nazaire bunker on its way

In Saint-Nazaire the bunker of the Marine Flak Abteilung 820 still resists the demolition hammer. It will be destroyed in the end, but it’s stronger than expected. It is huge too. 1500 m2, with walls 2 meters thick. The demolition started in june 2016 and should finish before 1 September, when then school next to […]

Posted on August 25, 2016 at 12:15 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · One Comment
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Danish TV2 Nord produces TV-series about the Atlantikwall

Twenty interviews with people from Germany, USA, UK, Australia and Denmark. Nine 30 minute episodes. Danish TV2 Nord put huge effort in their series “Bunkerne”.

Posted on April 8, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Star Wars in the Atlantikwall

One of the casemates type 667 at Widerstandsnest 227 was converted to a Star Wars vehicle. A nice form of graffiti spraying. They made a nice video of the creating process.

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Westwall moving in colour

This private film shows the Westwall in colour, starting with a rare 40P8 Sechsschartenturm during the construction of a bunker, large earth excavations, a shot of another bunker for Sechsschartenturm and officers around a table.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 12:43 am by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Gun bunkers demolished at Locqueltas

Sad news from Lorient, France, this week. At least two gun bunkers type M 170 of battery Locqueltas, near Larmor Plage, are being demolished. A casino will be built on the spot. Photos via http://atlantikwall.superforum.fr/t15717-c-est-la-fin-de-locqueltas

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 8:41 am by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Batterie Longues-sur-Mer and Pointe-du-Hoc on 1944 video

PhotosNormandie shows high resolution photos of the US Signal Corps and more from 1944 on Flickr. They also have a Youtube channel with raw film material from the same period. There’re a lot of well known images and film images but to see all the raw material is amazing, plus it’s very interesting study material. […]

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Recovery of M19 parts on Guernsey

The guys of Festung Guernsey continue to work on different projects on the Channel Island of Guernsey. One of the exciting ones is the recovery of remains of the automatic mortar M19 at Stützpunkt Großfels. In the future, the M19 bunker there will be turned into a museum.  

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 11:47 am by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Regelbau, the photo series

Until the end of March and during July, August and September I’m presenting my photo series ‘Regelbau’ in Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. It’s a study on the German standardized bunker from World War Two and its current state both as an historical object and a part of present nature. A fascination for modernist materials such […]

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Ruin Lust in Tate Britain

Ruin Lust, an exhibition at Tate Britain from 4 March 2014, offers a guide to the mournful, thrilling, comic and perverse uses of ruins in art from the seventeenth century to the present day. The exhibition is the widest-ranging on the subject to date and includes over 100 works by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, […]

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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