CERVIA - The three German World War II bunkers found in Cervia (Ravenna) during excavations and works for the new seafront in Milano Marittima have been restored and are ready to welcome visitors. At the start guided tours to discover the history and curiosities related to these war remnants.
During the Second World War the Adriatic coast was a long defensive posture of the German army and the whole territory of Cervia and Milano Marittima is dotted with bunkers, some perfectly preserved, others buried or incorporated in private buildings and hotels. Thanks to an important recovery work, from this month it will be possible to visit three of these military buildings with a guide, to learn also through finds how the life of the soldiers was inside these fortifications with walls up to three meters thick, in able to resist bombs.
The German bunkers and dragon teeth had the aim of defending the front, in particular from assaults by sea, the outposts consisted of barbed wires, minefields and barriers. The bunkers could be Tobruk type, occupied by one to two people, had a circular opening in the roof from which a machine gun or mortar could be used, or Regelbau type, larger than the first ones, had the function of refuge, they could contain up to six soldiers and were equipped with everything needed for daily life and rest. They mostly had a strategic function and were equipped with radio control to be able to send alarms and messages promptly. As a rule, to each Regelbau there was a Tobruk, with defense function, reachable through a corridor. Finally, each bunker had an emergency exit, passable only on all fours.
The visits will be possible on Mondays and Saturdays from 17 with departure from Largo Leoncavallo, with reservations at the Iat of Cervia and online on the website www.turismo.comuncervia.it.