Bunkers in France

The bunkers at Paderborn - Horses, cows and even little lambs wander the farmland of what was once an active Luftwaffe base . - And it's locations such as this where we have to draw the line about curiosity and privacy. The photos taken at this locale were all taken at a distance as to not spook the animals and annoy the nice farmer. - Click on photo to enlarge

Bunkers in France – Introduction

In 2013 and in 2016 I made two journeys to France to visit and photograph the remains of the massive Third Reich construction project commonly known as the Atlantikwall. You will notice the spelling of Atlantic ends in a “K” which is the German way of spelling it.

The 2013 visit concentrated solely on the Normandy region with a primary focus on Omaha Beach and the surrounding coastal batteries both Kreigsmarine and Heer (Navy & Army). The 2016 visit was more expansive concentrating on several key areas which included the Pas de Calais, Oye Plage, Gravelines, Marck, Dunkerque, Grand-Fort-Philippe and a number of other areas which will be touched upon as you make your way through this section. I also took the long but beautiful drive from Audinghen to Arromanches in Normandy. My second visit to the Normandy region touched again on Omaha Beach but focused on the British and Canadian Beaches as well. A number of open air bunker museums were visited as well as the varying bunkers that dot the surrounding region.

It's important to note that not all bunkers are accessible, in fact a great many reside on private property or farmland. Some of the bunkers I have visited I could only take photographs outside of the boundary line or fenced off areas. The farms often have a large number of dairy cows roaming around the sites. Please be greatly respectful of this, the last thing you want to do is piss off a cow and his farmer! If your French is good enough and you see a farmer in his field as I often did ask him kindly if you can take photographs of the German Bunkers on his land, most are very kind and will let you do just that.

I will also note in the "Bunkers in France" section which bunkers are on private land and are accessible and which ones are not or as they say in German "strictly verboten"!

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