Humpday History Highlight

R636 Fire Control Post In France

A European photographer has just completed on a fascinating historical project.

These are the Second World War bunkers that still crouch on the landscape as echoes of the biggest conflict in history. Photographer Jonathan Andrew scoured the wartime territory of The Netherlands, France, Belgium and even Scotland to take these eerie images.

He has captured the stern beauty of structures once meant to withstand the fury of war.

Most of the structures photographed for Mr Andrew’s set are part of the Atlantic Wall fortifications, put up by the Nazis between 1942 and 1945 in anticipation of an Allied invasion of the continent from Britain.

Maybe there’s something wrong with my wiring, but I find it offensive that some of the bunkers are covered with graffiti. Despite their intent, these structures are living history. They should be preserved.

12 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. realwest

    Hi Wyatt. You said “Maybe there‚Äôs something wrong with my wiring, but I find it offensive that some of the bunkers are covered with graffiti. Despite their intent, these structures are living history. They should be preserved.”
    I just wanted to say that I agree with you. While the structures shown were built by/for the Nazi’s (I wonder if there are any parts of the Maginot Line that could be photographed),
    they ARE a part of history. Moreover they are structures that should be preserved to evidence the EVIL that mankind is capable of doing. And they are “Historical Testaments” to the sheer bravery that was part of the effort to destroy the functioning of these structures, as part of the historical narrative of Good overcoming Evil.

  2. loaded dice in vegas

    The barbarians have breached the walls and are wearing us down until we are exhausted.
    I fear it won’t be long.
    God Save US……..

  3. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Real – I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Billy – One would hope they’d feel shame when they get older, but . . .

    LDIV – The worst part is that these animals probably think they’re making a positive statement with the graffiti. Morons.

  4. Jon Brooks

    Thank God England didn’t fall or some of these pictures would have been of old German fortifications on English shores. Pretty cool photography approach.

    1. L Frame S&W

      Jon,
      If England had fallen, all of Europe would be speaking Russian. There is no way we could have supported an amphibious landing in Normandy from the United States.

  5. Dr. Evil

    Unacceptable. I’d say round up the perps and have them executed, but this France. The police would likely surrender/run at the first hint of violence.

  6. L Frame S&W

    Wyatt,
    As a photographer, I was intrigued by the technique used in these photos. When I first looked at the pictures, I thought the photographer had dragged lots of fixed lights out to each site. Using a slow shutter speed, and probably a slow ISO setting combined with a very small F-stop setting let him wander about firing his portable strobe.

  7. Chad

    Oddly enough, Wyatt, that was my reaction too. I noticed the graffiti right off the bat and it kinda offended me too.

  8. Bob G.

    Wyatt:
    I’m also with you (and others here) regarding dumbasses “tagging” such things as WW2 bunkers…disrespect for those that died in battle.

    Now, the Mkt/Fkd EL train is another story…that’s a modern monument to stupidity that way THEY look.
    Very good post AND comments.

    Stay safe out there.

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