An inverse Dannevirke
In 1916-18, the German military built a barrier across the Jutland peninsula called Defence Position North. They aimed to forestall a British invasion from the north. The barrier worked in connection with the Zeppelin base in Tønder. Prisoners of war built up to 900…
Blowing up lines of defence
Defence Position North was not the first line of defence across Jutland. Near the emplacement position at Andholm, the German line of defence meets the almost 1,800 year old counterpart Vendersvold. Seventy kilometres south of this stands the majestic Dannevirke. The massive German construction never saw any action. The battles in World War I took place in other locations and gradually the construction was abandoned. The Danish military used 22 tons of explosives to blow up most of the construction after South Jutland was reunified with Denmark in 1920. The Danes feared that enemies could benefit from the north-facing line of defence if there was an attack from the south. In 1994, 25 preserved constructions were opened to the public in a joint project between municipalities, site owners and South Jutland County.
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Defence Position North was not the first line of defence across Jutland. Near the emplacement…