Fragment of the "Atlantic Wall" -- National WWII Museum, New Orleans LA
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N 29° 56.568 W 090° 04.238
15R E 782754 N 3316057
Quick Description: Part of the German's 3300 mile long "Atlantic Wall" invasion defense system stands outside the WWII Museum in downtown New Orleans
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 2/10/2015 12:54:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMNC25
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
This part of the German "Atlantic Wall" faced Utah Beach. You can see evidence of the damage caused to it by bullets that were fired into it as Allied troops came ashore on 6 Jun 1944.

A plaque near the remnant reads as follows:


On June 6, 1944, the two slabs of steel reinforced concrete before you constituted 20 feet and 16 tons of German fortified coastline that ran from the Franco – Spanish border in the south to Norway, 3,300 miles to the north. Hitler's “Atlantic Wall" was the term for the vast offensive network of bunkers that house German troops, artillery pieces, machine gun nests, and the 6 million mines, barbed wire entanglements, and landing craft obstacles that lay before it.

By D-Day, the Germans poured 17 million cubic yards of concrete, reinforced by 1.5 million tons of steel, enough concrete to build 170 Empire State buildings, and enough steel to build the Eiffel Tower 200 times over. Despite German efforts, the end of the day Saul all five Allied beachheads secured and nine Allied divisions ashore, advancing inland.

This section of the Atlantic wall was part of the antitank defense that spanned Utah Beach the pock marks are a result of thousands of American weapons fired upon the German held coast that day.

Gift of the Utah Beach D-Day Museum, with additional support provided by Mr. and Mrs. R Randolph Richmond, Jr."
Type: Remnant

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