Sunday, 25 January 2015

My Sunday Photo: The Tank Wall

The Netherlands is littered with reminders that this small, liberal nation was once an occupied one. One such place is in the Panbos in Katwijk where the Atlantic Wall stands proud and strong. It is part of a defensive structure that was built by the Germans to stop advancing Allied Forces. What is also impressive is the formation of the tank wall that was built as part of the Atlantic wall defences.

It is like standing looking at lots of giant size pieces of a Toblerone bar - constructed to stop Allied tanks from coming into the Netherlands from the beaches. It's a sobering sight as you meander through the woods.


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12 comments:

  1. Sobering indeed.

    It's so easy to get caught up in the business that is our lives and forget what was the reality for our grandparents.

    Great shot!

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  2. We have some of these in Studland - didn't realise what they were for until I read the signs

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  3. Very interesting to see these. Read about the atlantic wall when visiting Normandy, this completes the mental puzzle.

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  4. A very sobering photo but somewhere great to visit and acknowledge what happened all those years ago.

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  5. Gosh Amanda what an amazing place - many thanks for sharing this photo of this sobering site.

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  6. They look amazing and I can feel a certain mood from the photo as well. #MySundayPhoto

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  7. What an incredible sight, I'd never heard of these before

    Thank you for linking up

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  8. this is amazing. i had never heard of this before. what a great shot; very interesting historical background.

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  9. Such an interesting shot--it does make one stop and think. I ran across a 'pill box' last year that was a defensive effort here in New Zealand.

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  10. Wow that's fascinating. A little bit chilling too. Great photo. Thanks for linking up to #CheckOutThatView and I'm really sorry it's taken me so long to commentand share. I've been really poorly. There's a new one up, if you'd like to join in again. xx

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