Four fully-furnished bunkers built by the Nazis during the Second World War were uncovered on a Danish beach at Houvig after a violent storm and large waves moved the sand, revealing cement entrances. The find is being heralded as a rare untouched glimpse into the life of German soldiers during the war.
During WWII the Nazis dug around 7,000 bunkers into the sand along Denmark’s west coast to fend off allied attacks, AFP reports. After the war, nearly all of them were cleaned out to salvage the metal and other useful items. The discovery in May of four intact Nazi bunkers that had been hidden in the sand for 63 years is considered “unique in Europe,” according to Danish bunker expert Bent Anthonisen.
“What’s so fantastic is that we found them completely furnished with beds, chairs, tables, communication systems and the personal effects of the soldiers who lived inside,” says Jens Andersen, the curator of the Hanstholm museum that specialises in Nazi fortifications.
Like all great tales, the bunkers were discovered by two 9 year-old boys beachcombing along the coast. The head of the Ringkoebing-Skjern museum, Kim Clausen, said that while the find “was not from the bronze age, what has been found is incredibly authentic and tells us a lot about how they lived in these bunkers”. Everything found at the site has been taken to the Oelgod museum, 30kms from the beach, to be properly examined.