The Grand Blockhouse is a renovated 5 level fortification build by organization Todt and part of the Atlantic Wall. It is located in Batz-sur-Mer, France, and part of the fortress around Saint-Nazaire (about 30 km) the last liberated part of France.
Breendonk was built as part of the fortification defence to protect the city of Antwerp and especially the port of Antwerp in addition of the 1859 stronghold. It was only “one” of the forts surrounding Antwerp. Each fort is lying on certain distance from the city. The total line of defence was extended over nearly 95 kilometers. Other forts included in this defensive line are Stabroek, Brasschaat, Kapellen, Lier, Walem….
From October 29 till November 3th I took a short organized trip to Poland. The organizer called this trip “Poland under the Nazis”. The trip included a stay in Auschwitz (Oświęcim) with visits to Krakow with Schindlers factory, Auschwitz 1 and 2 and Wroclaw before Breslau.