A guided tour in Battery Aachen – part 1

Walking around at the Atlantikwall site of Raversyde, our virtual reconstructions link the past to the present. Let’s have a quick tour around this German coastal defense unit in 1915 and 1917.

At the entrance, two British sea mines, used as planters, were welcoming the visitor.

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Former entrance of Battery Aachen at_Raversyde

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Former entrance of Battery Aachen in the winter of 1916 or 1917

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Virtual reconstruction of the entrance in summer 1917

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Virtual reconstruction of the entrance in summer 1915

There was a path, connecting the two observation bunkers, that passed in front of the cannon platforms, but also gave access to the stairs of the former royal villa that gave way to the first line defence positions on the beach.

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Current situation at battery Aachen with mainly WW II remains

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The connecting pathway on the seaside in 1918

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Virtual reconstruction of the connecting pathway in 1917

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Virtual reconstruction of the connecting pathway in 1915

The soldiers were living in barracks that were integrated in the dunes, the planted layer of soil on the roof was acting as camouflage and protection against bombardments.  The barracks were reinforced after the British bombardment in October 1915.

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Construction of the barracks in early 1915

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Reinforced barracks in 1917

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Virtual reconstruction of the barracks in 1915

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Virtual reconstruction of the reinforced barracks in 1917

Battery Aachen contained four cannon platforms, that were also reinforced after the 1915 bombardments.  The cannons were put out of order by an inside explosion when the German troops withdrew at the end of the war.

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Cannon platform today

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Cannons platforms in 1918, the roof of the cannons is blown away by the explosion

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Virtual reconstruction of the cannon platforms in 1917

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Virtual reconstruction of the cannon platforms in 1915

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