20 Pictures That Proved To The German People That The Atlantic Wall Could Not Be Breached

 
 
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The massive batterie Lindeman, now buried under tons Channel Tunnel soil

The Atlantic wall, meant to be an impregnable line of beach obstacles, bunkers, and minefields, was breached in Normandy in most places within a couple of hours. The Allies did not attack where the “wall” was strongest but even so, the speed with which they pushed through it came as a surprise to the Allies.

These are Propaganda pictures of the Atlantik Wall around the Pas de Calais where the Germans had expected the invasion to take place. This area was fortified with a continues line of bunkers and gun positions, as these pictures will show.

Hitler believed it could not be breached, he was wrong.

Pas de Calais, Atlantikwall, Minen am StrandMines on the Beach in the Pas de Calais

Pas de Calais, Atlantikwall, Panzersperren

Czech hedgehogs on the beach in the Pas de Calais

Pas de Calais, Atlantikwall, BetonhindernisseDragons teeth being manufactured (?) near Calais

Atlantikwall, betonierte StellungHeavy gun in a bunker near Calais

Atlantikwall, Geschützbunker, InspektionGeneral der Flieger Friedrich Christiansen (right) inspects the Atlantik wall shortly before the Allied invasion in Normandy

Atlantikwall, Geschützbunker, Inspektion General der Flieger Friedrich Christiansen (left) inspects the Atlantik wall shortly before the Allied invasion in Normandy

Atlantikwall, Wachtposten am StrandGerman stands guard behind a “Spanish rider” barbed wire barrier

Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-297-1716-34,_Atlantikwall,_Aufstellen_von_HindernissenInstalling beach obstacles

Atlantikwall, Inspektion Erwin Rommel mit OffizierenField Marshal Erwin Rommel with officers on inspection of wooden barriers on the beach before the Atlantic Wall, April 1944.

Atlantikwall, Geschütz15,5cm gun 418(f) in a gun bunker (Regelbau 694)

 

Nordfrankreich, Atlantikwall, BunkerbauA bunker under construction

Nordfrankreich, Atlantikwall, BunkerbauA bunker under construction

Unüberwindlicher Wall am Atlantik In nimmerruhender Arbeit schufen die Männer der O.T. jenen gewaltigen Wall an Europas Westküste, an dem jeder feindliche Angriffsversuch zerschellen wird. Einer der unzähligen Bunker, die dicht an dicht die ganze lange Küste umsäumen.
A bunker under construction

 

..... Millionen Kubikmeter Beton hat die OT für die Schaffung der stärksten Befestigungsanlage der Welt verwenden müssen, um die äußerlich teilweise fast bizarren Formen der Verteidigungsanlage gegen jede feindliche Invasion zu bauen. Ein Leitbunker am Kanal. Aufn.: OT-Kriegsberichter AdamA German soldier stands guard in front of an observation bunker

Frankreich, AtlantikwallGermans with a heavy machine gun in a “tobruk” look out over the channel

Nordfrankreich/Belgien, AtlantikwallAnti-tank obstacles made of steel as part of the Atlantic Wall

Schwerste deutsche Küstenbatterie in Bereitschaft. Aufnahme: OT-Kriegsberichter MaierBatterie Todt

Frankreich, Atlantikwall, GeschützGerman artillery in an unfinished open gunposition

Nordfrankreich, Atlantikwall, GeschützbunkerInstalling a heavy gun in a bunker

All images courtesy of Wikipedia / Bundesarchiv