Archive for the ‘Demolition/Disappearing’ Category

Visual decline

Unfortunately for our field of interest, I often have to write about demolition and decay. The process is unstoppable and we have to live with it. However, raising concerns can never be bad. Last week I made a visit to Stützpunktgruppe Voorne, in Holland. It was like seeing old friends. It was six years ago […]

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · 4 Comments
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Demolition in Lorient

The site of the former arsenal of Lorient will be transformed into a new neighborhood. Many bunkers will disappear. During the war several big S k bunkers were built for the personnel of the arsenal. The French navy re-used the bunkers after the war but left the place in 2000. Now old barracks, bunkers and […]

Posted on December 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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More of Landfront Hoek van Holland disappearing

Last week demolition works on another part of Landfront Hoek van Holland started. In Wn 33H, a 134, 621 and brick building will disappear for a new road. One positive thing: a remaining 134 will be moved several meters. Just after the war, a 612, two 621s and a 676 already disappeared. The new road […]

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Stp Pommern will disappear

The local government of Wissant on the 23th of March decided to demolish the bunkers on the southern beach of the town. It was the French state who feels the bunkers are a danger to the coastal protection and to visitors of the beach. Total costs of the demolition: €450.000. The ruins pose too much […]

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Batterie Vara endangered

One of the most important bunker sites in Norway, Batterie Vara (Møvik fort, Kroodden), is in danger. There are plans to build a new neighborhood on a part of the battery’s terrain. Besides the historical value of the site it is also a beautiful recreational place. Looking at the plans, two 38cm gun emplacements will be […]

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · 5 Comments
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Uncertain future for Bunker ‘Anton’

A Westwall Regelbau 1 for a machine gun in Merzig (Saarland) will probably be demolished or covered in the near future. From 2005-2007 it was a small Westwall museum. The bunker built in 1938 during the ‘Limes-Bauprogramm’ was completely renovated. Unfortunately a new road will cross the spot of the bunker and it had to […]

Posted on January 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · One Comment
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Hamburg Luftschutzturm destroyed

A Luftschutzturm (air raid shelter) near Rosshafen, Hamburg has been destroyed. The five-storied bunker which was finished off with a layer of bricks over the concrete “had” to be destroyed for a new container terminal. It’s not even clear when this terminal will be built, but the bunker is gone anyway. Another relic that disappeared.. Luckily […]

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 8:54 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Demolition of a Vf bunker in Le Touquet

Thanks to my correspondent in the Calais area Olejniczak Hervé Not a lot of happy news lately. This time it’s Le Touquet (Paris Plage), where a Vf bunker on the golf course has to make room for a new clubhouse. It’s uncertain if there will ever be a new clubhouse. Sylvain Gouz, of the ASFD […]

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 11:39 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Hunting gets priority in France

Thanks to my correspondent in the Calais area Olejniczak Hervé The well known naval Batterie Oldenburg near Calais is going to loose some of its bunkers to a new hunting terrain! Anywhere else this sounds crazy but apparently hunting is still big in France. Since the first week of december, bird hunting lakes and observation cabins […]

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 11:23 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Bunker partly destroyed in St Nazaire

Last november, a bunker for machine gun (type 634) was demolished in the French city and former Festung St Nazaire. After the war the Sechsschartenturm was scrapped but the bunker of Stützpunkt Nz 313 was left in place. Due to new housing developments the bunker had to be broken down. The works took 2 weeks and […]

Posted on December 3, 2009 at 10:59 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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