5 May 2019

Kystfort

Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway
Category: Historic Landscapes   Tags: Atlantikwall / WWII
Historic Landscapes - Kystfort - Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway
An observation post built into the rocks. It was part of Marine-Küsten-Batterie Haugesund, one of the many Atlantic Wall batteries along the coast of Norway.
16 March 2019

Feste Bleibtreu

Le Pain de Sucre, Vosges, France
Category: Historic Landscapes   Tags: WWI
Historic Landscapes - Feste Bleibtreu - Le Pain de Sucre, Vosges, France

During World War I, the German army used the peaks in the Vosges Mountains as observation posts. Le Pain de Sucre is a rock formation at 671 meters near the village of Celles-Sur-Plaine. It dominates the Vallée de La Plaine and faces Col de la Chapelotte. The Germans strengthened its position with fortifications and called it “Feste Bleibtreu”, named after one of its commanding officers.

On 1 August 1916, French troops tried to conquer the peak. The distance to the top is only one kilometre, but the steep slopes proved very difficult terrain. The German defenders soon noticed the French progressing through the barbwire and they bombed them with grenades. Under heavy fire, the French commander ordered to retreat.

15 March 2019

Kronprinz Abri

Forêt de Parroy, Emberménil, France
Category: Historic Landscapes   Tags: WWI
Historic Landscapes - Kronprinz Abri - Forêt de Parroy, Emberménil, France
11 March 2019

Schratzmännele

Schratzmännele, Vosges, France
Category: Historic Landscapes   Tags: WWI
Historic Landscapes - Schratzmännele - Schratzmännele, Vosges, France
28 February 2019

Flugplatz Bergen

Bergen, The Netherlands
Category: Historic Landscapes   Tags: WWII
Historic Landscapes - Flugplatz Bergen - Bergen, The Netherlands