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Our road trip started on 16th October, and we headed from Calais straight to Belgium and to the Atlantic Wall open air museum. The Atlantic wall is a really long set of defences and fortifications along the coast that were built between 1942 and 1944 by Nazi Germany, when they were anticipating and preparing for an invasion by the allies. ย As 1944 approached Field Marshall Rommel was charged to improve the wall’s defences. Believing the existing coastal fortifications to be entirely inadequate, he immediately began strengthening them. Under his direction, hundreds of reinforced concrete pillboxes were built on the beaches, or sometimes slightly inland, to house machine guns, antitank guns, and light and heavy artillery. Land mines and antitank obstacles were planted on the beaches, and underwater obstacles and naval mines were placed in waters just offshore. The intent was to destroy the Allied landing craft before they could unload on the beaches. ย Which they did a lot of on D-Day, but not enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was amazing to see how much is still left standing, and we walked through tunnels and along the coast to see it all. Phil was chuffed to see the guns in their places.

PAK 40 anti-tank gun inside a restored bunker


walking through the tunnels

as you walk through you come across bunkers where the soldiers were stationed

captains quarters

you could believe he’d be back in a minute!

They had a doctor and emergency room

and their comfy ‘homes’

communications dept

and weapon stores

Many constructions in the open-air museum are still in their original condition and have been refurbished with authentic objects and furniture. ย Light and heavy artillery and searchlights can be seen in their original locations and the every day life of the soldiers is evoked in true-to-life dioramas. It was quite cheap to get in, 8 euro’s, and even cheaper for us as the chap behind the counter thought we were ‘seniors’ i.e. over 65!! ๐Ÿ™„ so only charged us 6 each. Obviously we are not wearing well ๐Ÿ˜€ .

More of my pictures of it are on my website HERE

The museums website is HERE

and theres an interesting bit on it at the Traces of War website HERE


After our long afternoon, we headed off to Bruges, and that I’ll save for the next post, so stay tooned!

33 comments on “Road Trip ~ October 2017~ Day 1~The Atlantic Wall

  1. Timothy Price says:

    I’d say looking senior is worth saving 2 Euros. I never take offense to people thinking I’m older than I am, but I know some people do. Great set of photos and nice write-up. Bunkers that are made to withstand bombing are going to last a long awhile.


    1. Cheers Tim ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Since I was last there (a long time ago) they seem to have restored a lot more, and made a proper museum of it too.
    Fascinating stuff, FR, and great shots, obviously.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. beetleypete says:

      Of course, I would officially count for that pensioner discount. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Love the photos, especially the combination of black and white and colour. Never heard of the Atlantic Wall!…a few friends of mine used to go to the cinema every Monday and after YEARS they found out the boy had been giving them senior discount all along!Mostly they were delighted with the discount but one pal was outraged and paid full price from then on…and tore the boy a new orifice too ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. aw, what a twat! I didn’t mind at all, being cheap like, but I reckon it was Phil he looked at hahahah.

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  4. Sue says:

    One place that I never got to…seen quite a lot of WW2 and WW1 places in northern France, but not this….

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    1. well worth a visit Sue.

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      1. Sue says:

        Oh, it’s not going to happen now…

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  5. Eddy Winko says:

    Quite a place, reminds me a lot of the fortifications in Jersey, them there Jerrys knew how to build a bunker.
    Great pics as ever, some nice extras in your gallery, I had to think about the searchlight ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Cheers Eddy ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. April Munday says:

    When I rejoined English Heritage earlier in the year I was offered senior rate. It’s the white hair, I know. I like to think my face doesn’t look that old, but I’m probably fooling myself.

    That looks like a really interesting place. I like museums that show how people lived and I like them even more when you’re looking around half-expecting the occupant to return.

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    1. Thanks April, they’ve done really well with it.

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  7. Jay says:

    These are looking great so far. I especially love the tunnel shot.

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  8. I’ve been told seeing these is incredibly moving, along with the cemeteries. Somewhere I would definitely like to visit.

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    1. The cemeteries break your heart, cheers Sarah.

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  9. I have seen bits of the Atlantic Wall but had no idea there was such an interesting, well-organised, museum there. If only I can get out of Britain for a little while… Fabulous shots – and there are advantages to being senior; I mean, there must be, surely? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It’s so worth a visit if you are interested in WW2 history, they give you a hand held guide to explain what everything is, and it’s really well done. Am sure there are advantages, I’m looking forward to a bus pass!


  10. lolabees says:

    So interesting to see these parts of history. It reminds me of the Churchill bunkers in London. Super cool stuff! Your senior comment gave me a little chuckle…

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    1. 4 euro’s off! getting old is obviously cost effective! ๐Ÿ™‚ cheers Laura.

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  11. Wow these are awesome Fraggle! I love the places you visit with all the history and beautiful scenery!!! So talented!๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ˜


      1. ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿค— You rock!๐Ÿ˜

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  12. steviegill says:

    Nice shots, looks like an interesting place to visit.

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    1. It was Steve, history to touch.


  13. AK says:

    That’s an interesting post. Cheers.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. As are they all ๐Ÿ˜‚


  14. Thank you for sharing.
    Your photos are so good, I felt there.
    Warmest regards, Ed

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