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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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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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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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Regelbau 638 opened after 60 years

The most complete army battery of the Südwall at La Tamarissière (Agde) has the only built 638 hospital bunker on this side of the front. The bunker was closed since the 1950s but has been reopened this weekend by a local group of enthusiasts. Pipettes, syringe boxes, various tubes and even remains of unused glass x-ray […]

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · One Comment
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Demolition in Croisic

Sad news from the demolition front again. A very rare L 406 on the Croisic peninsula will be demolished or at least altered. In 2010 new houses already closed in but now the bunker has to disappear (completely or under a new house). The faith of the Vf bunkers around this one is unknown. A […]

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Allen Gewalten zum Trotz sich erhalten

Two years ago I’ve posted about the Fl 250 anti-aircraft headquarters in Saint-Marc near Saint-Nazaire. Back then more than 400 letters from all over Europe ended up at the office of the Service Territorial d’Architecture et du Patrimoine. However, there was no reaction to any of these letters, although they were surprised by the big […]

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 8:36 am by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Restauration 622 Cap Ferret under way

Last year I wrote about a recentely excavated 622 personnel bunker next to the light house of Cap Ferret. The restauration is under way and it looks very good and professional. More pictures can be found via GRAMASA’s Picasa.  

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Back in time at Batterie Azeville

The museum bunkers of the army coastal battery Azeville in Normandy have their impressive camouflage paint back. Painted as ruines with trees the Germans hoped the battery wouldn’t be spotted by the Allies. Some of the original paint was still visible beneath overhanging parts but the rest had faded. Now professional painters have done the same […]

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Sign petition for the recognition of all D-Day beaches

Six tourist offices in Normandy have created a new ‘Secteur Mythique’ in Normandie. This includes all the beaches and inland landing zones, except for the British parachute landing sites and Sword Beach. Of course it’s all about money in Normandy. A lot of bunker complexes are turned into ‘museums’. With no knowledge whatsoever about the […]

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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It has begun.. Stp Pommern will be demolished

Today I got the unfortunate news that demolishing works have started on the bunkers of the beautiful and famous Stützpunkt 120 “Pommern” on the beach south of Wissant. 2,5 years ago the local government decided to demolish the bunkers. Now, all the bunkers on the beach including the iconic Regelbau 600 with stairs, 630 in […]

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · 9 Comments
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