(Barbwire) -- A lot of people are history aficionados when it comes to World War II. It’s an amazing, and of course, awful story. Fifty million dead. The mass killing of Jews, Poles, and the unbelievable slaughter on the Eastern Front. Cities were carpet bombed, populations displaced.
In the summer of 1941 the Nazis held most of Europe. The first part of the war was over and Adolf Hitler had won it. Germany and its allies controlled territory stretching from the Atlantic to the North Sea, around the Mediterranean Sea and down into North Africa
Hitler and his generals began the work of entrenching, including the building of the Atlantic Wall to stop any allied invasion. Here are a few facts from the opening of one documentary about it: Forty million tons of concrete were poured. Fifteen thousand bunkers were built stretching 3,000 miles. Mine fields were laid, and artillery positions were constructed. According to one scholar, it was the most gigantic fortification built in world history.
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