Explore two original WWII Siegfried Line bunkers. Built to prevent
a French attack in 1939 it became useless after the occupation of
France in 1940. With the arrival of the US seventh Army in the Alsace in
late 1944 the Siegfried Line was reequipped and rearmed to stop
American and French Divisions from entering Germany. Fierce battles in
March 1945 finally allowed the 36th Texas Division to brake through it.
explains the histiory of the Siegfried Line and shows some interesting
original artefacts of the long gone bunkers and the soldiers that lived inside them.
The French Army tried to bust the bunkers with explosives after the war but didn't succeed.
A German WWI machine gun is the symbol for what was left when the Americans arrived in March 1945. The Germans "scraped the barrel" to reequipp the "Westwall" with guns and men. It was the young Hitleryouth and the so called Volkssturm a national militia with men not fit to serve in the regular Army for beeing disabled or too old.
Bunker 2 is fully equipped as it looked in WWII and houses an
original 105mm field artillery piece. Artillerybunker Nr. 2 is coverd under the little hill behind the steel turret on the left.
Original 105mm German howitzer
Where the soldiers lived
In the former ammunition storage room you will find an exhebition of communication equippment used by the German Army in WWI
Soldiers of the 36th Texas Division in front of the"German Wine Gate" ( Deutsches Weintor) March/April 1945. From here they attacked the Siegfried Line southeast of Bad Bergzabern. Back then our museum was the location of various artillery pieces that fired at the advancing American troops.
Use the Siegfried Line Museum at Bad Bergzabern to see "the other side of the fence", the famous Maginot Line. We recommend that you visit the Maginot Line Schoenenbourg Fort just about 30 min south of us. A day trip like this gives you a good idea about how these two defensive constructions used to be in 1939/1940.
If you are interested in a guided tour in english please contact the curator of the museum.
A forgotten Hero When planning your trip from our museum to the Maginot Line in France. You might consider to to drive a few extra miles to find the location where Charles L. Thomas fought. He fought for the liberation of France and a way for the allied troops to liberate Germany.