Posted: , Last update: February 13 2017, in Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints. No Comments

These towers were developed specifically as air raid shelters by German Architect Leo Winkel.



Posted: , Last update: January 31 2017, in Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints, Third Reich Sites & Architecture. No Comments

Hidden in the foliage at the dead end of the curved “Am Großen Wannsee” lane lies a complex which was formerly known as the Reichs Air Raid Defense School or in German “Reichsluftschutzschule”, together with the massive “Hochbunker” Heckeshorn.



Posted: , Last update: January 24 2017, in Tanks & Vehicles. No Comments

With the rise to power of the Nazi Party in 1933, the German Reichsbahn (or State Railway) became a powerful instrument in carrying out the party’s agenda. As a government run company, it set an example by expelling all social democrats, communists, trade unionists and Jews from employment and the “Heil Hitler” salute became mandatory for all Reichsbahn officials.



Posted: , Last update: January 4 2017, in Cemeteries. No Comments

The Battle of the Bulge claimed many lives on both sides. In this last stage of the war during the winter of 1945, brave men gave their lives for the final victory, while others sacrificed theirs in a last attempt to stop them. Both motives ensured a fierce fight.



Posted: , Last update: November 2 2016, in Memorials & Monuments, Museums & Collections. 1 Comment

On the 20th of January 1942, Reinhard Heydrich addressed a group of 15 men of whom prominent members of the NSDAP and important government officials in the infamous Wannsee Conference Room, with the aim to secure their support and conclude a final solution of the ‘Jewish question’.



Posted: , Last update: September 19 2016, in Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints. 3 comments

To restructure the German Army Command, Hitler founded the OKH and OKW organisations. Both commands were stationed in two neighbouring facilities Maybach I and Maybach II in the forested area between Zossen and Wünsdorf, Brandenburg, just some 20 kilometers South of Berlin.



Posted: , Last update: June 28 2016, in Cemeteries. No Comments

Right across the road from the Memorial of “The Fifty”, lies a military cemetery of Russian origin. It’s neglected headstones and tombs form a sharp contrast to the well kept memorial of The Fifty.



Posted: , Last update: March 3 2016, in Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints. No Comments

Fort Mahler a.k.a Fort du Larmont Inférieure was built between 1843 and 1851 to cover the flank of “Château de Joux” or “Fort de Joux” in case of an attack.



Posted: , Last update: February 15 2016, in Weapons Industry & Facilities. 1 Comment

This Bailey bridge lies in between the former positions of Widerstandsnest 31H and Widerstandsnest 32H along the former Anti-Tank trench of Fortress Hook of Holland.



Posted: , Last update: February 11 2016, in Atlantic Wall, Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints. No Comments

On the West side of the Staelduinse Forest lies Artillery Stand “Kormoran”. This was an open firing position just outside the inner anti-tank ring of Fortress Hook of Holland situated just behind the tree line in the Forest.



Posted: , Last update: February 8 2016, in Atlantic Wall, Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints. 2 comments

As part of the Fortress Hook of Holland, Widerstandsnest (or W.N.) 35 H lay hidden in the relative safety of the Staelduinse Forest, a small distance to the North East from Stp. XIX, the Fortress Command Headquarters that was also situated here.



Posted: , Last update: February 2 2016, in Atlantic Wall, Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints. 3 comments

Situated at a safe distance from the coast in the Staelduinse Forest area at ‘s-Gravenzande, Stp. XIX was the Fortress Hook of Holland Command Headquarters.



Posted: , Last update: January 19 2016, in Memorials & Monuments. No Comments

This is a Memorial Square which is used for commemorations ceremonies of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.



Posted: , Last update: January 19 2016, in Memorials & Monuments. No Comments

This is a Memorial Garden to commemorate the soldiers of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), who have fallen by the cause of an accident or during acts of war while performing their duties in the air.



Posted: , Last update: January 14 2016, in Museums & Collections. No Comments

The NMM or National Military Museum is one of the largest museums of the Dutch armed forces. Both inside and outside the museum is a large collection on display dating from early past to present day.






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