Remnants of War

Even though this doesn’t exactly look like a holiday post, these are pictures I took during my holidays in Noderney. Norderney is one of the German islands in the North Sea, just across the border to Holland.

Right behind one of the dunes at the beach I found some bunker structures dating back to the Second World War.

During the First World War the island was used as a fortress and large amounts of construction material were transported there. Beginning from 1935 the island was developed into a Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine base as part of the Atlantic Wall. More then 60 gun and anti aircraft emplacements and so called Regelbaus (a standardized bunker built by the Germans along the Atlantic Wall) were built in the dunes.

After the end of the Second World War most of the bunkers have been blown up, but some of them resisted and are still strewn across the dunes.

It’s eerie to stumble upon such a remnant of war amidst holiday joy, but they are important reminders of history, and that’s why they should be preserved, even if those memories are painful ones.

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Also make sure to check out Marc Wilson’s project The Last Stand, he documented many of those remaining bunkers across several countries in beautifully done large format photographs.

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