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Concrete Structures - Protected German Soldiers

Concrete Structures - Protected German Soldiers Famous Historical Events Visual Arts World War II Disasters

After the Allies captured German "pillboxes," artists were able to produce drawings of them

This artist's rendering, part of the U.S. Navy's art gallery, depicts how one of those pillboxes appeared during the Normandy battles.  Curators of the Navy’s art gallery describe it as follows:

Captured German Gun Emplacement in a Normandy Field, by Alexander P. Russo. 

Farm fields held many of these man-made terrain features - structures of cement, stone and steel that belched death and destruction against advancing troops.  Some fitted snugly into contours of a hill slope in order better to escape air detection.  Others stood boldly in fields, seemingly defiant, with only a casual horizontal cover of foliage.  Some were taken while in process of construction. All had one purpose and one common design, which was to hurl out a message of death.


Media Credits

Painting, Gouache on Board; by Alexander P. Russo; 1945. Online via Naval History and Heritage Command.

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