Demolition news from northern France

Some unfortunate news from Nord-Pas de Calais. In Dunkerque, a bunker was demolished to make place for new housing. At the Batterie Waldam with its famous concrete gun turret, the loose barrel of the flare gun which was still there seems to have been cut to pieces and disappeared. According to this post on the french […]

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · One Comment
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Propaganda Painter Ernst Vollbehr

Besides the Propagandakompanien which reported in word, photo, film and sound there was another medium used by the Reich to inform the homefront about the massive building activities around Europe: paintings. One of the most prominent painters of this genre was Ernst Vollbehr. Born in Kiel in 1876, Vollbehr studied art in Berlin, Dresden, Paris […]

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · One Comment
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Filming the Atlantikwall

Nice video by Robin de Goede.   RUIN VALUE from robindegoede on Vimeo. Tribute to Paul Virilio’s ‘ Bunker Archeology ‘ Music by: B. Lustmord & Robert Rich Film by Robin de Goede

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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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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Bunkersite.com update: Pas de Calais, Zeeland, Woensdrecht

Some French additions to the site: Stp Arnika, Leo, Martha, Max, Moritz and Nora in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region. Also the Woensdrecht airport in Holland and some small bunker in Stavenisse. Bunkersite.com updates

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Atlantikwall on Schouwen-Duiveland

A new book about the Atlantikwall on the Dutch former island of Schouwen-Duiveland has been published this week. The book, which is written in the Dutch language, tells the story of bunkers and troops on the island and contains maps of every Stützpunkt and Widerstandsnest. The 240 pages are illustrated with photos, of which some […]

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 10:35 am by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Bunkers by night, in Silkeborg

To celebrate liberation, the Silkeborg bunker museum organises Bunker by night on the 5th of June. Last year’s night was a big succes with over 3.500 visitors. Between 5 and 11 pm visitors can visit bunkers and enjoy a play by reenactors who portray German and English soldiers from 1945. The entrance fee is 50 […]

Posted on June 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Bunkers in 3D

Wim Hoppenbrouwers shows us some of his work on the Fortificatieforum: 3D bunker photography. See more examples on the forum.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Green light for Festung Guernsey’s 633

The guys of Festung Guernsey keep restoring bunkers on the Channel Island of Guernsey. After the Batterie Dollmann, Batterie Scharnhorst and Wn Königsmühlen they now have “conditional approval from the Planning Department” to open up the 633 of Stützpunkt Rotenstein (at Fort Hommet). Plans are to start digging in the new year, clean it up […]

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Restoring Batterie Scharnhost (Guernsey)

The volunteers of Festung Guernsey are doing a great job restoring one of the 15cm K18 emplacements of Batterie Scharnhorst. Work has begun on a second emplacement and interconnecting trenches and shelters. See the Axis forum for more information. Festung Guernsey’s website

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm by Arthur van Beveren · Permalink · Leave a comment
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