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December 6, 2023

Abandoned WWII Bunkers on the Danish North Sea Coast

During World War II, the Danish coasts were included in the Atlantic Wall. The Atlantic Wall was planned and partially built by the German occupiers in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, the British Channel Islands and the German Reich in the period from 1942 to 1944 during World War II. The Atlantic Wall was supposed to prevent an invasion by the Western Allies. 6,000 of the 7,000 bunkers that the Wehrmacht built on the coast after the occupation of Denmark in 1940 still exist.

Radio measurement location Bovbjerg

The most striking remnant in Bovbjerg of the German occupation is the hexagonal foundation of a marine radar (radar device FuMO 214 “Würzburg Riese”), which stood here from 1944 until the end of the war. An air detection radar had been in operation since 1942, and was later replaced by a larger one in Thyborøn. Furthermore, there was “BOHNE”, the radio measurement and observation position FuMB 21, two small group shelters (R 668) and some concrete foundations for radar systems. For close defense, there were smaller outpost positions and trenches that were connected by trenches. Some trenches can still be seen in the area on the way to the Church of Trans. There was a FuMo 5 “Boulogne” radar on the small hill in front of the lighthouse. But enough of the technical data and the past. The base of the radar was painted blue years ago and looks picturesque right on the cliff. Nestled in front of beach carnations and white clover, in front of the blue sky and the North Sea. Children climb the small rope ladder. A few more decades and the base of the radar crashes into the sea.

The turtle bunker

This bunker is part of the former Thyboron fortress on the Danish North Sea coast. On top of the bunker, a roof made of tiles was installed for camouflage. The building should look like the surrounding farmhouses from the air. For certain reasons, this bunker reminds me of a huge turtle lying on the beach.

The bunkers in Thyborøn

Denmark was occupied by the Germans for a total of five years during World War II (April 9, 1940 - May 5, 1945). To prevent an Allied invasion, the German Wehrmacht built the Atlantic Wall during the occupation of Denmark. A section of the Atlantic Wall, the "Thyborøn Fortress" originally comprised 66 large and 40 small bunkers along the coast. Danish workers, under the supervision of the Germans, built the bunkers in 1943 and 1944 with the aim of protecting the entrance to the Limfjord from the intrusion of enemy ships. Today the bunkers gradually sink into the sea or into the sand. However, some still exist and are scattered close together on the beach - as indestructible memorials.

The Bunker on the beach

This bunker was right in front of the Danish dunes on the North Sea.

(This original article was published on Nature Castles Landscapes)


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