These fortifications are part of the Westwall or Siegfried Line fortifications - the section west and south of Aachen is called the Scharnhorst Line and faces the Belgian border about 1 km to the south-west.
The US 3rd Armoured Division of VII Corps assaulted this section on 13 September 1944 at the start of the advance up the 'Stolberg Corridor', prior to the encirclement of Aachen.
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- Text: Matthew Loder
- Photos: Matthew Loder