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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Life Working On Der Atlantik Wall

Continuing our tour of the German defenses along the North Atlantic coast of Europe, as depicted in the Nazi propaganda filmstrip, Der Atlantik Wall, we now see scenes of the life supposedly enjoyed by those working on the wall.  These men appear to be members of Organization Todt, who were construction workers, but who also served as a military unit.  In the first photo, an "Org. Todt" armband is clear on the central figure.  The fact that their uniforms are not actually uniform suggests that they were not regular military.  The second picture shows a scene of "barracks life," while the third may have been intended to demonstrate the good care workers received if they were injured on the job.  I cannot think of another likely purpose for that photograph considering the context.

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