During World War II, the Germans created an extraordinarily extensive defence structure: the Atlantic Wall. Between 1942 and 1944, twelve thousand heavy bunkers and many tens of thousands of light bunkers were built from Norway to Spain. The defence line was over 6,000 km long. The German military command wanted the Atlantic Wall to prevent the formation of a second front.
On D-day, 6 June 1944, there was a successful allied landing on the Normandy coast. After the advance of the allied forces in France, the Atlantic Wall lost its function. But during the liberation of the coastal zone, there was often a lot of intense fighting over the bunkers.
The Wadden Region
In the Wadden region, the Atlantic Wall consisted of many radar installations and bunkers for air defence. These were used against the allied bombers that were on their way to German cities. After the war, a relatively large portion of the Atlantic Wall was saved in this area. After some time, the bunkers just merged into the landscape. Today, volunteer organisations, nature conservancy societies and municipalities are working on making this heritage visible and accessible again.
The Tigerstellung is one of those sites. You are currently at the commando bunker that was the heart of this position. The Tigerstellung is one of the few bunker positions in the Netherlands that are still completely intact. The total complex consists of 102 constructions and was enclosed by a triple barbed wire barrier. Some 200 soldiers lived and worked there.