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Drone footage of concrete bunkers from the Second World War!

Drone photography of sci-fi looking concrete bunkers at Løkken in Denmark – leftovers from the Second World War.

You can find remains of old concrete bunkers at many places around the coast of northern Denmark. I recently visited a few of them on a frozen beach on the west coast at Løkken near Furreby. If you want to know why they are on the beach and is soon disappearing in the water, read on.

It was a chilly and very windy day when I packed my DJI Mavic Pro and went for a ride. In fact, this was the second stop after the visit to Rubjerg Knude lighthouse. You can almost see the lighthouse in the distance in a few of the photos below.

I took many pictures from the ground with my ordinary DSLR camera, but this article showcases the shots and video clips made with my DJI Mavic Pro drone. It is, in all aspects, the perfect travel companion when shooting pictures from the air in good quality.

As I mentioned in the post with the lighthouse, I’m still amazed by how the sensors, motors, and gyro could handle the heavy wind. It’s such an awesome drone! Can’t wait to get the DJI Mavic Pro 2!

But now… history lesson:

History

I’ll quickly tell you the story of the grey concrete structures and why they were built. Nazi Germany marched into Denmark and Norway 9th of April 1940 in an operation called Unternehmen Weserübung. The long coastline of Denmark was occupied and needed to be defended, but with the use of as few troops as possible.

The construction of the Atlantic Wall was issued. It was an extensive system of coastal defense and fortifications, systematically constructed from the Spanish and French border to North Cape in Norway. These bunkers are therefore part of the Atlantic Wall. In Denmark alone, there were between 8000 – 7000 bunkers.

To simplify the construction process, they came up with a number of standardized bunker designs called Regelbau. It was many different bunkers for many different purposes. They were easy to build and eventually easier to use when troops had to move around and were familiar with the military installations.

It is interesting to note that the Danish state paid for the bunker construction with Danish labor and contractors. In 1944 more than 74000 persons worked on the project. Today it is calculated to be too expensive to demolish the remaining concrete structures and most of them are part of Denmark’s cultural heritage program.

The coastal battery at Løkken at Furreby, seen in the video and pictures below, was once built on land, on top of the dunes. Today, most of the bunkers are situated on the beach or in the water. This is the result of many years of erosion of the dunes by the ever-pushing waters of the North Sea.

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Example of DJI Active Track

The DJI Mavic Pro drone has a cool follow-me mode called Active Track. This is how I made the drone to follow me in the video below. It is simply executed by choosing the function in the DJI Go app on the phone or tablet connected to the remote and tap the target. In this case me. This will of course work with the new DJI Smart Controller as well. Learn more about the cool feature here.

Pictures

Here are the pictures I took with the drone. Some of them are, as you can see, tweaked a bit in Photoshop to get the desired look. Hope you like them.

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Some of the bunkers at Løkken seen from above. Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse can barely be seen on the hill at the end of the beach.

Some of the bunkers at Løkken seen from above. Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse can barely be seen on the hill at the end of the beach.

 

Recently fallen concrete bunker.

Recently fallen concrete bunker.

Selfie in front of one of the bunkers you can walk inside on the beach.

Selfie in front of one of the bunkers you can walk inside on the beach.

Another bunker soon to lay on the sandy beach.

Another bunker soon to lay on the sandy beach.

Cool top-down shot from the remains of a bunker laying just in the waterfront.

Cool top-down shot from the remains of a bunker laying just in the waterfront.

Awesome sci-fi looking bunkers.

Awesome sci-fi looking bunkers.

This could be another planet.

This could be another planet.

Straight down drone shot of the beach, me and a bunker.

Straight down drone shot of the beach, me and a bunker.

The beach at Løkken, Furreby, Denmark.

The beach at Løkken, Furreby, Denmark.

Scattered remains of concrete bunkers from the Second World War.

Scattered remains of concrete bunkers from the Second World War.

Commando bunker.

Commando bunker.

Historic picture from WW2? No, it's 2019.

Historic picture from WW2? No, it’s 2019.

Løkken Beachbar from above.

Løkken Beachbar from above.

Concrete structures soon burried in the sand.

Concrete structures soon buried in the sand.

Bunker with Donald Trump hair style.

Bunker with Donald Trump hairstyle.

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