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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Der Atlantik Wall Continues

Carrying on our journey through the landscape "documented" by the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall, the military images have now completely taken over from the initial scenery.  In the photo below, a sign warns that entry is forbidden into a minefield.  The fact that the sign appears to be in Dutch and German is further evidence that the locations shown in the film are in Holland. 
The shot below is one of the most simple yet ominous in the entire filmstrip.  While photos of artillery positions are indeed menacing (and there are such images later in the film), nothing suggests the gore of infantry fighting like barbed wire. 

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