Hitler’s “Great” Atlantic Wall
On the topic of propaganda and Hitler’s war efforts during class, I was reminded of a documentary that I watched this past week. It was a documentary about the Atlantic Wall that Hitler built on the west coast of Europe to stop the Allied forces from making a landing and gaining a foothold in Europe. One thing that really stuck out to me was how the Nazis portrayed the construction of this wall to the German people. The Nazis made it seem that this wall was amazing. It was strong, tall, and able to withstand anything the Allies could throw at it. The documentary tells the story of one German soldier. He had heard about the wall from the newspapers in Germany and thought it to be something incredible. When he enlisted and was sent off to the front, he ended up in Normandy. He marveled at the beauty of Normandy, but when he saw the wall for himself, he thought it not to be what the news had made it out to be. None-the-less, he still served in the army even through the invasion of Normandy, which came as a large surprise to him and his unit.
I found this documentary to be very informational. It even talked about how the Nazis used prisoners of war to build the parts of the wall as a form of slave labor. This, of course, was never talked about in the media in Germany. Another thing that wasn’t talked about was the fact that the Nazis were beginning to run out of money, and, because Hitler started the war with Russia, the Nazis had to also focus a lot of the war funds on the Eastern Front.
In the end, the wall wasn’t very successful. As soon as June 5th, 1944 rolled around, the point of the wall no longer existed. The Allied forces have broken through the toughest part of Hitler’s defenses, and it was only a matter of time before the Nazi’s war would be lost to the Allies.
Link to the documentary here.
Linked video: Youtube user: oded bernstein Title: Nazi Mega Weapons S01E01 Atlantic Wall URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoiC_GpIvCk
Photo: Title: Construction Workers – The Atlantic Wall URL: http://www.warhistory1944.co.uk/atlantic_wall.html Accessed: 10/17/2015