National Geographic : 1948 May
© National Geographic Society XIII Kodachromes by Maynard Owen Williams Summer Sports in Sands Now Freed of Deadly Mines Show the Futility of Hitler's Atlantic Wall Heavy cement blockhouses near Ostend stand idle while children play along the 40-mile seacoast facing England. One Victory Bunker, itswalls still covered with German murals by homesick Nazi soldiers, is now a tearoom and night club. Here German boys had a beer or a shavetoescape the boredom ofwaiting. Present-day visitors gather in the thick-walled hide-out from death to watch the antics of a clown or dance to American music.