Façades of The Hague #85

Antitank wall built by the German occupiers during the Second World War, Oude Waalsdorperweg.

The dunes around The Hague, as well as the city itself, has many relics and landmarks left by the Germans.

Bunker Widerstandsnest 302a
Bunker Widerstandsnest 302a

To the Germans The Hague was important politically, symbolically (as the traditional residence of the Dutch royal family, government and parliament) and militarily as part of the Atlantic Wall.

The antitank wall on these pictures functioned as a divide between a military training ground and Waalsdorper Vlakte (Waalsdorp Plain), where political prisoners were executed.

Today it runs from Oude Waalsdorperweg (Old Waalsdorp Road) to the northwest, with a bunker still known under its German name Widerstandsnest 302a in the middle.

The wall itself, as approached from Oude Waalsdorperweg, today indicates the line between a military shooting range and a small public park for people to walk their dogs (which seems to be the general destination for many public areas)..

The military still have a strong presence in the area.

Entrance sign 2017
New entrance sign 2019

Although the military serve the Dutch state, their presence, as revealed by fences, barbed wire and prohibition signs, creates an awkward atmosphere of power and secrecy in public space, as anywhere in the world.

Widerstandsnest 302a itself can only be seen from a distance from Oude Waalsdorperweg.

© Villa Next Door 2019

All pictures were taken in March 2017, except for pictures 8,9,36 and 38-41which were taken in March 2019 (these are the more sunny pictures)

 

Bertus Pieters

 

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