Tuesday, October 30, 2012
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
Life in the fishing and agrarian coastal and island communities of France's Brittany and Vendée provinces suffered upheaval following the German invasion of France in June 1940. The region had its own "mini-Dunkirk" in the confusion and turmoil of the British evacuation, and soon suffered incorporation into the mighty Atlantic Wall defense system. Pastoral beaches sprouted concrete blockhouses and harbor front cafés and warehouses were replaced by massive, bomb-proof U-Boot pens. Most of these installations remain. This presentation by Brian Hughes and French World War II re-enactor and historian Anthony Brochard offers a glimpse at life behind the Atlantic Wall and its lasting influence today. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.