Following on from the St. Nazaire Trip in 2014, both Neil Walker and Cristin Bouchet felt Concrete withdrawal symptoms, so another trip was in order. However, this time offering a hand of friendship to our Dutch colleagues of Stichting Bunkerbehoud.
A shared love of all things concrete and optics resulted in Neil and Cristin travelling to Walcheren in Southern Holland. There, Neil delivered a talk to Bunkerbehoud at their AGM entitled “Jersey en Nederland Bezet” (Jersey and Holland Occupied) and then enjoyed the generous hospitality of their hosts!
However, it didn’t stop there a few days of bunker hunting followed with Arthur Van Beveren and Peter Heijkoop where different perspectives from different ends of the Atlantik Wall were shared. The extensive Landfront defences of Walcheren were explored as were the Coastal installations, along with a deeper appreciation given for the “Battle of Walcheren” in late 1944.
Both Neil and Cristin are extremely grateful to both Arthur and Peter for giving up so much time and unlocking many new understandings to the Atlantik Wall. Other grateful thanks are wished to: Lenco Van Der Weel, Cor Heijkoop, Bob Van Der Weel, John Daane, Henk Adriaanse, Henk Meijer, Hans Sakkers and the Bevrijdingsmuseum, Zeeland.
A large supply of “Stroopwafel” was consumed and brought back from this trip!
Neil Walker, “Type 143 Kleiner Artillerie-Beobachter, Vlissingen, Holland”