On the 2nd and 3th of September a conference will take place in Amersfoort and Middelburg, the Netherlands.
European experts will gather together on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2010 to exchange knowledge and ideas regarding this monumental defence line. Historians, policy makers, (landscape)architects, museum directors, planners, sociologists and bunker fans will enter in a fruitful debate. This multi-disciplinary seminar will end the object-oriented fixation with the Atlantikwall, focusing instead on integrating its military, spatial, historical and socio-economic aspects.
Prof. dr. Marieke Kuipers (NL) will speak about the shift from an ‘object’ related approach of bunkers towards present-day regionally grounded heritage by using the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (New Dutch Water Defence Line) as a case-study.
Prof. dr. Inge Marszolek (GER) will discuss the notions of myth-making, perpetrators and victims, space and landscape and the German view of their ‘colonial heritage’ – the Atlantikwall.
Rose Tzalmona (CAN/NL) will address the transformation from ‘collective amnesia’ towards ‘collective remembrance’ exemplified in artistic and architectonic interventions along the western-European coastline.
Rudi Rolf (NL) will present a historical overview of the Atlantikwall and offer his assessment of its present condition. Lenco van der Weel (NL) will discuss various approaches and methods pertaining to bunker restoration projects. Janne Wilberg (NOR) will explain how the remnants of the Atlantikwall in Norway stand in relation to Norwegian heritage policies.
For more information on the conference and to subscribe for either one or two days visit the website http://atlantikwallplatform.eu
In: Holland, News · Tagged with: atlanticwall, behoud, conference, preservation, redefining the atlantikwall, symposium
In July 2010 we visited the area Lamballe for one day. Here is our update. It covers St Pabu, St Val André (120a), the HQ in Pléneuf, the battery in la Couture and the radarsite in la Bouillie.
In: Bunkersite update · Tagged with: brittany, france, Lamballe, update
Sometimes you can still find nice details inside a rusty armoured turret. Although the two Sechsschartentürme of Pen-Bron (Bretagne, France) are not in the best shape, they are quite complete and show some of these details.
Written on the ceiling in pencil are firing directions for both machine guns. Each Scharte has a number, in this case also written with a pencil. Sperrfeuer is German for a barrage,where a large number of guns (at best a combination of MG/Pak/mortar) fire continuously. Its purpose of course, is to pin down an attacking enemy.
In: Photography · Tagged with: 20p7, bretagne, brittany, france, frankreich, pen bron, saint-nazaire
MG-Schartenstand FHQ Margival
The regimental headquarters of Burgh-Haamstede in Holland lies in a protected area. This summer, you can get tours along the bunkers.
There are guided tours by Natuurmonumenten, a society for preservation of nature, on August 8, 15 and 22 starting at 10am. It’s a great oppurtunity to visit this big HQ, because during the rest of the year it’s off limits.
Get your tickets by contacting the tourist info center in Haamstede at 0031 900-2020233.
In: Holland, News · Tagged with: burgh, guide, haamstede, holland, natuurmonumenten, nederland, netherlands, niederlande, open, slotbos, tour, visit, zeeland
A regular armoured door, type 434P01.
One of four 669s of the inland battery at Pleumeur-Gautier. Absolutely beautiful.
In: Photography · Tagged with: atlantikwall, batterie, battery, divisions, inland, paimpol, pleumeur-gautier, po, pontrieux
The Vf command bunker or Notbefehlsstelle on the boulevard of Vlissingen in Holland will finally be demolished. Finally because we knew for years it wouldn’t last.
The bunker was built early in the war, for the naval commander in the region. Later in the war a big Fl 241 replaced the the Vf bunker. Years ago, the hotel Brittanica, together with the Notbefehlsstelle, were about te be demolished. But, it took about 10 years before this would really happen. Monday next week, demolishing works will start. So if you’re interestered. Take a look in the coming weeks.
In: Holland, News
With help from the local government, Ben Muller republished an updated version of the book about Stützpunkt Groede.
A 669 will probably be renovated to its original state.
The book can be ordered via the author himself via his website.
In: Books & Magazines, Holland, News · Tagged with: 134, 501, 502, 669, aok, ben, groede, hertenkamp, kva, muller, podium, stützpunkt, zeeuws-vlaanderen
On Axis History Forum, Valtoro reminds us about the working 38cm gun of Batterie Vara in Kristiansand.
Just a small reminder for those of you that can make it to Kristiansand and MKB 6/502 “Vara” next sunday (1st august)
The local gun museum will operate the 38 cm gun on two occasions at 13:30 and 15:30. Visitors can also purchase hot food
from a gulaschkanone!
Article in Norwegian about the event: (the english text is not updated)