The Northern German Defence Line 1916-18 (
Sicherungsstellung Nord)
Short Description of the Defence Line



 The 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 purpose.
 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.
 The line is well prepared and is following all the military doctrines of the time.

 Practically 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. 


 The Line is placed on the narrowest place in Southern Jutland. There are a lot of moors and lakes in the area, making the advance
 difficult. The lakes were prepared for a major flooding of the area.