This anti-tank system of concrete blocks and sharp natural stones is another example of the WW2 comprehensive defences stretching along the Rogaland coast. The area is protected. Although this photo is not beautiful, it is historically very important.
These teeth seems so friendly under your spell Amelia Y*+like, Peter
Is this really going to be onr of your favourites dear Peter? It is hardly a pretty photo, but thank you so much anyway. These defences stretch the whole way along the coast behind the dune slacks. It is quite something to see, but difficult to make them look attractive :)
In the summer they are almost hidden by the vegetation - a great area for wild flowers etc.
Warm wishes, Amelia
Hi there Amelia - There are similar sorts of defensive structures on the east Anglian coast ... massive tank traps and recently, a host of old iron work that formed shore defences at Southwold were dug up when jagged bits of old iron were found poking out of the sand.
They may be 70 years old but they still speak....
Such things can't be called attractive... you are right about that but they hold a lesson for all that are prepared to listen...
A good photograph to post, Amelia...
history is not always beautiful but should teach us
Interesting place Amelia, thank you for sharing. Ciao, Vittorio
Amelia, molto bella questa foto. like Sile
Hitler has suffered tooth decay, Amelia. Your photo is superb. -Art
Good morning Jac & Willy, not pretty are they? But they would have been effective had the allies invaded Norway in this region.
i sometimes wonder if the invading forces built all these fortifications because they liked the Norwegian coast so much. ;)
interesting historical view. It may not be beautiful, but I think it is worth preserving this kind of monuments to remind us of the madness of the world. Hopefully we can prevent history from repeating itself...
We have similar teeth near our eastern border, where fortifications were built against Russian attack during last war.
Best wishes, Timo
Very interesting reminder from WW2 Amelia, and it has very pertinent named.
Photo is very good, I Like it! Warm hugs.M.
Hi Steve, sorry about this late reply - the weather here in Norway has been too good to be indoors :)
It seems as if the East Anglian coast is very similar to this one in Rogaland. There is also a lot of rusty barbed wire too. The expected invasion by the allies never happened, well not as such, the did land further north, but had to retreat because of the cold weather. The whole coast is surrounded by bunkers, gun emplacements etc. When I first arrived I was excited to see the first one, then the second, then the third and so on ....
You can check the WW2 memories if you feel like it.
Warm wishes for a Happy Easter, Amelia
Europe seems to have learned the lessons from the past Hubs, but World news makes for very depressing reading wouldn't your say? So sad.
Have a good Easter, Amelia
Thank you Vittorio, It is indeed a very interesting stretch of coastline here, and was very well defended during WW2.
Thank you dear Sile, maybe not so very beautiful, but the area has a very interesting history.
Have a good Easter, with plenty of opportunities for photography, Amelia
Good morning dear Art, in fact his teeth are in remarkably good condition and should outlast all of us by many decades if not centuries ;)
Thank you for that link Timo. I didn't realise that the Finnish-Russian border was so long at 1,340 km. WW2 was a terrible epoch, but lessons have been learned, and hopefully we will never see such a time in Europe again.
They were bad times dear Karl, hopefully never to be repeated. The remains of the occupation are everywhere around this coast. I find it both interesting and sobering.
Warm greetings from Norway, Amelia
Good morning dear Maggie, thank you for your kind words.
This area, Brusand, still has these anti-tank obstacles They were erected by prisoners of war and other forced labour, in order to stop an allied invasion of Norway. The Germans found it likely that an allied assault would happen on the beaches of Jæren, because of its close proximity to United Kingdom. The 'teeth' are made of stone and concrete and run for several kilometers with up to 4 rows of obstacles. The Norwegian prisoners sabotaged several 'teeth' by mixing more sand into the concrete in order to make them weaker, but they seem to remain very solid even now.
Lessons have been learned.
Have a good Easter my friend :)
Warm hugs to Poland, Amelia
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