StP84 Maisy - Batterie 'Brasilia', La Martinére

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Two batteries set side by side (which is unusual) StP84 & StP83. StP83 has five open emplacements for 15.5cm guns where as StP83 had open field emplacements for two 10cm Field Kannon and three 7.62cm Field Kannon. These were replaced in the spring of 1944 to four 10cm Field Howitzers of Czech design. When the four F.H. arrived, casemates were being built in Bauform and three had been built and one about 50% completed. This would mean that the guns could have only covered the estuary. It turned out although the casemates were built to protect guns due to Allied heavy bombing.

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7.5cm F.K.16.

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7.6cm F.K.

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10cm the.F.H.14/19.

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A plan of both batteries, showing how simple StP84 is compared to StP83

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Batterie 8./A.R.1716.
3 x R669 casemates.
5 x Vf58c Tobruk´s.
1 x Kabelbrünen.
1 x R622.
2 x 7.5cm F.K16 n.Art.
4 x 10cm le.F.H.14/19(t).

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3 R669 casemate for a lande und sturmgeschütz. Assault gun. Usually a 7.5cm F.K. type.

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R622 twin group bunker.

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Kabelbrünen.

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The road today an easy track, just follow the Maisy batterie Museum signs and drive straight past and its 700m down the lane. If you have time you can visit the museum.

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German plan of the area

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Red -     StP83
Yellow - Stp84
The German Army map of the area showing the two batterie sites and all the other defences. Also notably all the Mf. Mine fields laid out in the area, more than on Omaha beach by the looks of it.

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23 November 2008

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Kabelbrünen

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Set on the side of the road.

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Kabelschaltstelle.

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Kabelbrünen

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Kabelbrünen

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I have always wondered what this was but now I think its the Kabelbrünen, it would have connected the batterie to the main telephone grid for the area and also its fire control post on the coast.

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This is a 1947 air-photo of the Kabelbrünen and I think the thin white line (I have enhanced it) of the cable trench. The trenches were not laid in a straight line but zigzagged to allow for stretch in the wire if a shell or bomb exploded near by.

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A piece of armoured cable.

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Guard shelter

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This concrete guard shelter was here in 2006 but removed by the farmer with the trees and hedges to cultivate more land. (more land more subsidies).

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23 November 2008

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Guard shelter

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Inside.

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G-2 Estimates of Enemy Artillery & Ranges

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Senior US army officers.

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G-2 Estimates of Enemy Artillery & Ranges

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G-2 Map

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Allied intelligence map of the area.
Yellow - StP 83.
White  - StP 84.

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Field position.

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G-2 Estimates of Enemy Artillery & Ranges

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G-2 Map

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The range of the guns that were here.
Yellow - StP 83.
White  - StP 84.

7.5cm F.K16 n.Art..

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Ammunition box.

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23 March 2015

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The road into the batterie now with the hedge and trees removed.

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23 November 2008

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Railway

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A piece of railway line probably used in the construction of the batterie.

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The railway line used to tip spoil from excavations.

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Bunker construction.

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Turm3

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The first R612 casemate from behind.

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R612 casemate.

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Gun room.

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23 November 2008

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Niches

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A row of small ammunition Niches about ten set in a semi circle.

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Layout of the ammunition niches.

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23 November 2008

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Ammunition niches

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Looking into the ammunition niche.

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How it may have looked.

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Ammunition niches

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The semi circle of ammunition niches.

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19 March 2006

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Screw picket

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Screw pickets were used to hold up barbed wire.

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Screw picket

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Barbed wire.

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23 March 2015

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Tobruk

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Tobruk Bf58c one of five that were around here.

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Plan.


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Tobruk Bf58c plan.

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Tobruk Bf58c plan.

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Tobruk

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Tobruk Bf58c the second here.

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Plan.

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Tobruk

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Tobruk Bf58c the second here.

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Tobruk as an AA position.

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Tobruk

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Tobruk Bf58c the second here.

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Tobruk

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Tobruk Bf58c the third here.

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Plan.

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Tobruk

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Tobruk Bf58c the third here.

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Tobruk.

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Tobruk

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Tobruk Bf58c the third here.

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There was also a twin MG.42 used in the anti-aircraft role.

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StP84 Maisy - Batterie 'Brasilia', La Martinére

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19 March 2006

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3 x R669 casemates

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The track to Turm1.

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Plan.

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R669 casemate 60° arc of fire..

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Gun room.

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Turms 1 to 3.

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The view down to the sea.

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Vf6a Observation Post

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Vf6a is a complicated odd bunker for a fire control post. A passage into the main room and an observation space.
A cable would have been laid from here to the batterie via the Kabelbrünnen.

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Vf6a observation post bomb proof.

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Wn87.

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The view out to sea.

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Looking into the observation room.

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The rear entrance.

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Turm1 gun room.

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Turm1 gun room.

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Turm1.

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Plan.

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Turm2.

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Plan.

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Turm2 Bauform concrete blocks.

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Bauform concrete blocks and steel reinforcement.

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Bauform concrete blocks cemented together and steel reinforcement would be placed between the walls and then filled with concrete.

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Steel reinforcement bars.

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23 November 2008

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Turm2 . Rear projecting wall.

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R669 plan.

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Turm2. Rear entrance where a large door was supposed to close this space off.

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494P2 type doors could have been used.

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Turm2. Gun room and two ammunition spaces each side.

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Turm2. Ammunition niche.

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Turm2. Ammunition niche where a large fan was to be fitted to suck out the foul gases when the gun is fired.

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An extraction fan in place.

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Grill at the rear to allow the gases to vacate the bunker.

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Bunkers ventilation pipes.

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Turm2. Attacked by the 5th Ranger Battalion. 'A' company came in from east above the two batteries, continued west and then turned south into the front of StP84. A lot of fire from small calibre was directed into the rear of the batterie from Maisy village area and support came that direction with 81mm mortars, 4.3 mortars, two 75mm cannons on half-tracks and artillery support. 'A' company had to cross several minefields and flooded fields to reach the batterie. The battle lasted about five hours and about 90 prisoners taken.

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Plan & Attack.

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The direction of attack by 'A' Company. The red areas are the marked mine fields but I believe there were a lot more to the north of the batteries.

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The German map of minefields.

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Turm2. Drainage??? well its under the rear door and I have never seen the need for a drain there. So I don't know. The concrete block is the original cover for the hole. It could be the case pit, where you throw the used cases after firing.
Its easy just to chuck the cases down on the ground after firing, but a pile of cases laying around get under your feet. So some bunkers have a pit or small room dug underneath them where usually you throw the cases down in a specially made tube. Then you open a man hole cover and remove the cases to re use them. I wonder if here the cases could be chucked down and removed later??

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Castel Vendon 6/MAA260, Cherbourg. The tube to drop down the shell case.

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Plan of a case store in larger bunkers, under the gun room.

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68P9 man hole cover.

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23 March 2015

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Turm2 gun embrasure with a diagonal gutter across the top of the opening.

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I have found a picture (very rare) of a set of doors on the front.

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Also a set of wooden doors being visited by Rommel.

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Turm3.

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Plan.

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Turm3

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Turm3. The six square holes were for a steel door frame to be set in and doors then fitted. Front doors have to be open when the gun is fired (obviously) but the rear doors too should be open to take out the blast inside the gun room.

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23 November 2008

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Mo86c Batterie Versendoket 2/A.R.266.

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This is inside the gun room of four R669 casemates in Brittany telling the gunners what to do.

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23 November 2008

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Turm3. Peppered north and east side.

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Turm3 south wall nice and clean.

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Plan.

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15 November 2017

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Turm3

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Plan.

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Turm3 quite battered from the direction of the village of Maisy. The round hole is the vent for gases from the gun room.

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The extraction pipes inside the walls of the casemate.

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Rost 200mm.

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23 November 2008

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Turm3 gun room.

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23 November 2008

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The view out of the embrasure, the steel sheets were used a lot in WW1 & WW2 first by the French in WW1 and the Germans in WW2 as reinforcement for roofs, etc.

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Tol Metro corrugated iron bunker.

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DEFE 2/375

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Maisy II                    Unoccupied field battery             Interservice Target N: 9/J/6

Ref: GSGS 4250/6E6/528916
Geographical Coordinates: 49° 22' 26" N. 01° 04' 02" W.
Height above sea level: 20 meters.
Position for 4-gun field troop, onoccupied, probably only temporary. The original
emplacements have been demolished, and the guns are in the open at 53194
(MAISY IIa).        Interservice Target N: 9/J/6.           (details taken from the picture DEFE 2/375).

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Allied photo taken from a small Grasshopper observation aeroplane

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The construction site with the three casemates nicely covered in earth and what look like small bushes planted in clumps. The water/observation tower and the narrow gauge diesel engine and railway lines.

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Piper L-4 Grasshopper.

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Diesel railway engine.

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The tower made of wood was built for a water tower for the construction and could also be used as a make shift fire control post.

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Allied photo taken from a small Grasshopper observation aeroplane

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Turm3 and Turm4 under construction.

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The wooden scaffolding in place, these bunkers were built in Bauform concrete block.

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Bauform bricks and reinforcement steel bars.

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Bauform bricks.

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Pouring concrete.

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Turm4 under construction and Turm3 showing bullet damage.

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showing bullet damage.

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Old large concrete mixer.

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Field gum.

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23 November 2008

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1 x R622 bunker

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There was one R622 twin group bunker. Two entrances lead into two doors to each room. Can hold about 12 men per room with their own heating/cooker, an air pump to suck in and filter outside air and safe from bombing/shelling.

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R622 twin group bunker.

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Beds folded back and a table and chairs brought out.

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WT80K stove.

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After action photo

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10cm le.F.H.14/19(t) found after the battle, with one very damaged.

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Horse artillery.

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10cm ammunition.

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Cordite powder bags.

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