Atlantic Wall (Atlantikwall)

The Atlantic Wall (German: Atlantikwall) 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 the United Kingdom during World War II. The manning and operation of the Atlantic Wall was administratively overseen by the German Army, with some support from Luftwaffe ground forces. The German Navy maintained a separate coastal defense network, organized into a number of sea defense zones.

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French APX-R Tank Turret which was mounted on a Tobruk of the Atlantic Wall (Museum of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux, France)

French APX-R Tank Turret which was mounted on a Tobruk of the Atlantic Wall (Museum of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux, France)

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Bilder und Videos der Atlantikwall

Fotos y Videos del Muro Atlántico

Photos et Vidéos du Mur de l’Atlantique

Foto’s en Video’s van de Atlantische Wal

Zdjęcia i Filmy na Wał Atlantycki

Alarmed by the raids on St Nazaire and Dieppe in 1942, Hitler ordered the construction of fortifications all along the Atlantic coast, from Spain to Norway, to protect against an expected Allied invasion. He envisioned 15.000 emplacements manned by 300.000 troops, but due to shortages, particularly of concrete and manpower, most of the strongpoints were never built.

Field marshal Rommel believed that the Normandy coast could be a possible landing point for the invasion, so he ordered the construction of extensive defensive works along that shore. In addition to concrete gun-emplacements at strategic points along the coast, he ordered wooden stakes, metal tripods, mines, and large anti-tank obstacles to be placed on the beach to delay the approach of landing craft and to impede the movement of tanks. Expecting the Allies to land at high tide so that the infantry would spend less time exposed on the beach, he ordered many of these obstacles to be placed at the high-tide mark. Tangles of barbed wire, booby traps, and the removal of ground cover made the approach hazardous for infantry. On Rommel’s order, the number of mines along the coast was tripled.

Foto e Video del Muro Atlantico

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Фотографии и видео Атлантический вал

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