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B-Werk Besseringen

In the years leading up the Second World War, a gigantic, around 630 km-long defence line was built from the Netherlands to just before Basle in Switzerland – known as the West Wall, or Siegfried Line.

22,000 bunkers and fortifications were planned, of which around 14,800 were actually built – including 32 so-called B-Werke. The B-Werke were among the biggest and strongest bunker complexes along the Siegfried Line and were only built at strategically important points. The B-Werk in Besseringen, built in 1938/39, is the only intact structure with all armoured cupolas left.

The B-Werk Besseringen was so constructed that a force of 85 – 90 soldiers could keep up the battle unaided for up to 4 weeks. The edifice reaches three storeys deep into the ground; on the surface only the sentry and the gunrooms can be seen. Inside, 44 rooms housed the crew, provisions, weapons and ammunition. A presentation underlines the memorial character of the B-Werk, impressively documenting persecution and resistance, as well as civilian losses.

The armoured cupolas:

  • 2 six-gunport turrets 20 P 7 for 2 MG 34 on gun-mounting 34
  • Armoured cupola for automatic M19 mortar with automatic ammunition hoist
  • Armoured flamethrower cupola for automatic flamethrower FN
  • Observation cloche 90 P 9 for issuing target and firing instructions

Last entry is at 5:15 pm!

free entry
Monday closed
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday closed
Friday closed
Saturday closed
Sunday 14:00 - 18:00 April-September/ Letzter Einlass ist um 17:15 Uhr
01.10.2018 to 31.03.2019
01.10.2019 to 31.03.2020

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