Bunker Tour

Duty of remembrance...
Concept which seems exceeded nowadays, even reactionary for some.
Even if I say cynically a war would be welcome to reset the counters to zero, it seems crucial not to forget that our countries were the scene of barbarity there is seventy years.
However, sites visited today are totally neglected and some have even been destroyed while they are direct witnesses to the butchery of WWII.
It's the same with German inscriptions still present in the Todt Battery : assholes were massacred these relics, although disgusting, but important. I still don't understand how can one assimilate graffitis as an art. For me, it's only vandalism.

Todt Organisation Thus, in this beautiful sunny day, we visited the remains of the Atlantic Wall on the Côte d'Opale, France.
Implemented by the Todt Organisation (named by its founder, Fritz Todt , high-Nazi dignitary died in 1942), the Atlantic Wall was intended impassable and prevent the Allies to thwart Hitler's plans for the European continent. We know the rest. Built by French companies complacent towards the Nazis and a workforce composed of volunteers, prisoners and infiltrated resistants, the defensive line will prove useless and will have lived only a few years.
Sites seen today was completed in 1942. Two years later, it was over for the Wall.
Our journey will run from Berck, through Dannes to finish at Cap Gris Nez in Audinghen.
Obviously, many other remains are found along the coast.

Note that the remains of Berck can be quite... dangerous. Not by the state of conservation of bunkers but because of the locals. This results in a DNA spread around the ruins and it's better not to mess around with a Uv lamp...

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Begin of tour in Berck's beach.

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Due to the retreat of dunes, the majority of bunkers have toppled and are now in the water at high tide.

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Besides naturist, others prefer more activities...

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In the distance, the small town of Berck.

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In several places, the sand and water are amazing colors.

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Next step, Dannes.

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No happy hour here. Shame...

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Inscription dating from the construction.

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Third and final step : Todt Battery.

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Located a little further inland, the installation is really impressive.

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Casemate No. 1, the most westerly.
Fitted originally a 380 mm gun to bomb the English coast.

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Original picture of the 380 mm gun.

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Inside the bunker.
What is absurd is this place is totally free to access. Not only is it open to vandals, but it's also a dangerous place.

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In the bowels of the concrete monster, among tourists...

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"He who is arrogant is the one to suffer, since you have to endure what you have caused."

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"The god who made grow iron did not want slaves."
From a German poem by Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769-1860) reflecting the German hatred against Napoleon and the anti-French sentiment.

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Feel contempt for those who massacred a stinking symbol doesn't mean condoning the same symbol.

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The gun swiveled through a housed rail in this corridor.

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Casemate No. 2, in a little less good state...

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Totally exploded, it's no longer a heap of concrete and twisted iron.

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It was accidentally destroyed just at the end of hostilities. Two French wanted to visit the place, cigarette in mouth. Problem : the stock of gunpowder (a few tons) was still there...

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Precarious balance...

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If swastikas daubed the first casemate pained me, here, on the contrary, disgust me.

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Beautiful concretion.

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Gradually, nature tries to regain its rights over the ruins.

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Other precarious balance.

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Chaos...
End of visit.

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March 2014

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