Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Waffen-SS Troops Stand at Attention in the Siegfried Line

"Unsere Garde": Waffen-SS troops from an unidentified artillery unit (note red piping on the shoulder boards) stand at attention in the Siegfried Line/Westwall. The original Siegfried Line (German: Siegfriedstellung) was a World War I line of defensive forts and tank defenses built by Germany in northern France during 1916–1917 as a section of the Hindenburg Line. In English the term "Siegfried Line" commonly refers to the "Westwall", the German term for a similar World War II-era defensive line built further east during the 1930s opposite the French Maginot Line. This line stretched more than 630 km (390 mi) and featured more than 18,000 bunkers, tunnels and tank traps. The network of defensive structures stretched from Kleve on the border with the Netherlands, along the western border of the old German Empire, to the town of Weil am Rhein on the border to Switzerland. It was planned beginning in 1936 and built between 1938 and 1940.The picture was taken by Hugo Jaeger, possibly when Hitler visiting the Western border fortification in May 1939

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