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Army of Concrete

In a landscape of bunkers – an army of concrete – explore the multitude of stories of life on the West Coast in World War II. In each bunker you will meet a new person who describes his or her version of the story. A thought-provoking experience!

The exhibition, Army of Concrete is no ordinary bunker exhibition. In Tirpitz, you encounter the story of World War II in West Jutland through the eyes of the people who experienced it. Dry facts about the course of the war or the construction of the guns are not the main feature.

War Good and Bad

From the accounts of the German officer in the Büffel radar station you will discover that the ‘Whipped-Cream Front’ on the west coast of Denmark was deadly serious. At the same time, though, the commander in chief also had time to fall in love with the beautiful, Danish girl whom you can also visit. At the age of 18, when the war was over, the young German soldier, Gerhard Saalfeld went home to Germany, but he returned to Denmark over many years before finding his virtually intact bunker once again. Meanwhile, the little girl who lived on a farm next to Tirpitz had to move when the large bunker was being built.

Learn about the construction of the bunker through the eyes of a child. Meet the little girl who lived on a farm next to Tirpitz and who had to move when the large bunker was being built.


Food for Thought

There is much food for thought as you move from bunker to bunker, listening to the story from different perspectives. The exhibition is guaranteed to give you and your family loads to talk about. All those concrete bunkers on the beach will take on a whole new meaning after a visit to Tirpitz. The exhibition is constructed as a landscape of bunkers, featuring detail upon detail about the countless concrete colossi.

Meet Gerhard Saalfeld, who had grown up with war toys and friendships in Hitler Jugend. At the age of 17 he was sent to the Western Front.

The exhibition has something for both geeks and children. Only one bunker is forbidden for children. If you want to find out why, you will have to come and see for yourself – if you are old enough…

Remember Your Digital Companion

Visitors themselves control their personal experience of all the exhibitions in Tirpitz with the assistance of a digital storyteller – an audio-based guide, in which the stories were recorded by professional actors. You cannot experience the exhibitions without this guide. It is included in the price of admission, and children from about two years of age can use it. It may be a good idea to bring your own headphones if you get easily disturbed or if your arm tends to ache. If you are hearing impaired or just prefer text, please inform the host when you buy your ticket.

The exhibition was created with support from Agustinusfonden.