Atlantic Wall, V-bases, Pas de Calais
NOTE: this is really a redundant old page, which has been left in place only because various other pages on this website still link to it. But content-wise it has been superseded by separate individual chapters. These linked from below.
All along the coast from Dunkirk to the west and onwards south to the border with Spain
, the northern and Western coast of France
is still littered with remnants from the German occupation and WWII
, in particular those enormous fortifications and bunkers that the Nazis
left behind here.
Collectively these fortifications are known as the Atlantic Wall
– a (too) literal translation of the German "Atlantikwall".
But there was also the unique site of the planned V3 "supergun", which never became operational either, namely at Mimoyecques
[btw. the photo given here, however, was not taken in France, but at the place where the V1 and especially the V2 were developed and tested, namely Peenemünde
in north-eastern Germany