World War II (WWII) is the nadir of all human endeavours. The destruction that was brought upon a third of the world’s population wiped out millions of lives, decimated billions of them and in the end proved to us that if given the chance, we would rather perish than find peaceful solutions to issues that influence geo-politics.
The War that was the direct outcome of the insistence of one man to against an allied force has had many a fascinating tales that emerged only with its end. One of these is the Atlantic Wall.
The Atlantic Wall was an extensive system of coastal defence and fortifications built by Nazi Germany between 1942 and 1944 along the coast of continental Europe and Scandinavia as a defence against an anticipated Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe from Great Britain during World War II. When the Allies eventually invaded the Normandy beaches in 1944, most of the defences were stormed within hours. Today, ruins of the wall exist in all of the nations where the wall was built, although many structures have fallen into the ocean or have been demolished over the years.
Soon after, many parts of the wall perished with little to no interest by the people to renovate them because of the memories associated with it. However, The AtlantikWall Museum Noordwijk, in the Netherlands, preserves and is housed within a surviving section of the wall, consisting of bunkers, preserved rooms, long sections of corridor and many artefacts.
We have brought some pictures for you from before and after the renovation. Check them out!
The entrance to the complex. October 2004.
The entrance now
A decrepit staircase before
Part of the Museum now
An entrance now
A ramshackle room
The Museum now
Collection of military gear
An empty room
Forms one of the observation rooms
Title image: Panoramio