The Northern German
Defence Line 1916-18 (Sicherungsstellung
of the Defence Line
defence line was placed from Hoptrup at the Lillebält to the island of Römö.
On the 50 kilometres over 900 rooms, batteries and
bunkers were constructed. The
defence was prepared in drills during 10 years and everything had only one
To stop an English attack
launched from Esbjerg at the west coast, promised by the English king to the
French foreign minister in 1904.
The defence line was directed north, and could be seen as a defence of
Kiel, Kaiser Wilhelm Kanal and finally the road to Berlin.
line is well prepared and is following all the military doctrines of the
all the artillery is hidden behind the hills in the area, the infantry is on
the front sides of the hills and the enemy is forced to
move forward in the areas where the
defence is strongest.
Line is placed on the narrowest place in Southern Jutland. There are a lot
of moors and lakes in the
area, making the advance
lakes were prepared for a major flooding of the area.