Atlantic Wall  

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"In 1958, Paul Virilio conducted a phenomenological enquiry into military space and the organization of territory, particularly concerning the Atlantic Wall—the 15,000 Nazi bunkers built during World War II along the coastline of France and designed to repel any Allied assault. In 1975 he co-organised the Bunker Archeology exhibition at the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris, a collection of texts and images relating to the Atlantic Wall. " --Sholem Stein

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Atlantic Wall (German: Atlantikwall) was an extensive system of 15,000 Nazi bunkers built by Nazi Germany between 1942 and 1945 along the western coast of Europe and Scandinavia as a defense against an anticipated Allied invasion of the mainland continent from Great Britain.

Today, the ruins of the wall exist in all of the nations where the wall was built, although many structures have fallen into the ocean or have been demolished over the years. While in the immediate years after the war there was little interest in preserving these structures, there have been recent movements to preserve the remaining structures in order to preserve the memory of what existed during the war.

The bunkers have been documented in Paul Virilio's photo book Bunker Archeology.

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