Regelbau 656 discovered near Nieuwpoort

A long forgotten Regelbau 656 was discovered near the Albert I-monument in Nieuwpoort. The bunker is completely stripped but apart from that in a beautiful conditions.

Its number (Ost-W 019-252) is clearly visible and the St sign on the outside and instructional texts on the inside are still sharp. It was probably part of Wn Tilly I or II. A 656 is a quite rare Kriegsmarine Regelbau and to find one in this condition is very good news.

656 Nieuwpoort. (Photo: Jack Koorneef)

656 Nieuwpoort. (Photo: Jack Koorneef)

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Atlantikwall from the air

A very nice video by Marc Tessier using a drone.

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 9:37 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · 2 Comments
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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 negatives were found inside the bunker. The group will now clean the bunker and it will be part of a future museum.

You can find photos on the group’s Facebook page.

638 Agde in 2004. (Photo: Arthur van Beveren)

638 Agde in 2004. (Photo: Arthur van Beveren)

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · One Comment
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Performance against a bunker

The Norwegian artist Tori Wrånes is known for her daring performances on sometimes strange places. In 2010 she chose the beautiful Leitstand type 636 at Svolvær for a piano play.

During the Lofoten International Art Festival she played the piano attached to the wall of the bunker. Loose Cannon was the project title. More images and info via her website.

Loose Cannon by Tori Wrånes.

Loose Cannon by Tori Wrånes.

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a 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 link to this location on Bunkersite.com can be found here.

M 123 on Croisic peninsula attacked by a machine. (Photo: Patrick Fleuridas)

M 123 on Croisic peninsula attacked by a machine. (Photo: Patrick Fleuridas)

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 number of writings. Now, again, the bunker is in immediate danger! Send the same letter as last time to both:

Monsieur l’Architecte des Bâtiments de France  M. Dominique BERNARD
Service territorial de l’architecture et du patrimoine
DRAC Pays de Loire 1 rue Stanislas Baudry
F- 44035 Nantes cedex 1
FRANCE

And two more copies, just to let other officials on a higher level know.

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
3 rue de Valois
75001 Paris

and
M. Le Préfet des Pays de la Loire
Secrétariat Général pour les Affaires Régionales ( SGAR)
6 quai Ceineray
BP 33515
44035 NANTES Cedex 1

Information and letter come from the French Atlantikwall forum, the initiative was created by the brothers Luc et Marc Braeuer of the Grand Blockhaus museum at Batz-sur-Mer and Alain Durrieu, known for his books on ‘Bunkerart’.

Make the bunker’s slogan count even today: “Despite the violent forces against us….we must overcome”.

http://atlantikwall.superforum.fr/t14368-important-sauvetage-de-la-tour-de-flak-de-st-marc-sur-mer

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 en France. 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 dans 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. Son histoire est intimement liée avec le Raid héroïque mené par les Britanniques sur St-Nazaire en mars 1942.

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, tout comme au Danemark ou en Norvège. 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 vous prions d’agréer, Monsieur, l’expression de nos salutations respectueuses.

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

Restauration of the 622 of Ar 36 with naval beds, and stove. (Photo: GRAMASA)

Restauration of the 622 of Ar 36 with naval beds, and stove. (Photo: GRAMASA)

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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Danish demolitions under way

Work has started on the demolition of 100 bunker along the Danish coast.

For a sad video see http://nyhederne.tv2.dk/article.php/id-70959793:for-farlige-tyske-bunkere-spr%C3%A6nges-v%C3%A6k.html?fbs

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 12:49 am by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Denmark demolitions

122 bunkers along the Danish coast will be demolished in the coming months. This is because the concrete and steel remains pose a danger to the public.

According to TH on Axis History Forum the following bunkers will be demolished:

He also mentions: “I’m not entirely sure about the L 411 and 621, because those two are still in decent condition. Only the locations of the bunkers have been published, not the types – I worked those out on my own. Nevertheless, the list should be fairly accurate.”

Next year the beaches will look different again, and new remains will show up. Is this the start of a bigger demolition campaign? More dangerous remains in the see remain untouched this year. Unfortunately it will happen so make your trip to the western coast around Thyborøn now, before bunkers have disappeared.

 

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Petition for the Hochbunker Försterstrasse in Aachen

From the internet:

[quote]Hard to believe: The Nazis last stand in Aachen, the former “Hochbunker” (air raid shelter) between the Rütscherstr and Försterstr in Aachen is to be demolished, to be exchanged for more boring urban apartments with basement garage. It was here, on October 21st, 1944 that the last Wehrmacht commander in the first liberated German city surrendered to the Allies. Justification of the Bezirksregierung Köln: „Because of the extensive alterations the explanatory power has been lost.“ (3)

I do not agree with that. Its thick concrete walls still show the devastating results of shelling, which was needed to expel the Nazi dictatorship. Every pedestrian, old or young, will notice this damaged concrete block and will ask the awkward question: “What happened here?” One possible answer is: “This is the place where dictatorship and repression ended and where freedom and democracy in West-Germany began.”

Aachen was the first large German city captured by the Allies. Its commander Oberst Wilck surrendered, against Hitler’s order to fight until the very last man, as the Nazis wanted it to be. Instead, he and his surviving soldiers gave up. This was a tremendous symbolic moment for the whole world. (3, 8)

Ok, bunkers are not beautiful. It needs fantasy and imagination to make something out of it, to enable visitors to experience their history but also to regain the usability of this urban spot. But please not by just demolishing them completely and build some ordinary multi storey apartments instead! It is just Aachen showing that a better way of combining history and urban living is possible: The Hochbunker in the Lütticherstr is currently altered for a supermarket (5), the Hochbunker in the Kongreßstr holds apartments since 1992 (6, 9). These huge concrete boxes are monuments, especially the Hochbunker in the Försterstr, which should not vanish from our collective awareness: These Hochbunker are not only a remembrance of Nazi dictatorship, of repression and war atrocities, on days and nights with people seeking protection from air raids and bombing. Especially the Hochbunker in the Försterstr is one of the first places of the Hour Zero, from which a free democratic Germany emerged!

Please sign this petition to demand:

– withdrawal of the demolishing permit.
– addition of this Hochbunker to the Monuments Register.
– development of a concept, to ensure a combination of monumental value and urban usability.

Petition link: Der Hochbunker Försterstr in Aachen soll nicht für Stadtwohnungen weichen

Press sources:
1) http://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/lokales/aachen/bunker-abriss-100-anwohner-wehren-sich-1.567386
2) http://www.aachener-zeitung.de/lokales/aachen/bunker-200-nachbarn-unterschreiben-gegen-abriss-1.570897
3) http://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/lokales/aachen/auch-denkmalschuetzer-gegen-den-bunker-abriss-1.569237
4) http://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/lokales/aachen/bunker-ruetscher-strasse-anwohner-wollen-schutzengel-behalten-1.594420
5) http://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/lokales/aachen/luetticher-strasse-bunker-wird-ein-schickes-heim-1.360473
6) http://www.aachener-zeitung.de/lokales/aachen/bombengeschaeft-mit-aachens-alten-bunkern-1.339141
7) http://www.zeit.de/2004/44/A-Aachen
8) http://www.aachener-geschichtsverein.de/Online-Beitraege/die-schlacht-um-aachen
9
) The alternative way: http://www.architektur-bildarchiv.de/detail.php?picture_id=19294

Please sign this petition :

Vorname = first name Nachname = surname E-mail = email address Postleitzahl = postal code Warum unterschreiben Sie? = Why do you sign? (optional) Unterschreiben = sign[/quote]

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · 2 Comments
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