Wn12 Ouistreham Château D’eau

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Batterie 4./A.R.1716.
Allied code name 'Daimler'.
4 x H669 Casemate for field guns (60°).
1 x H610 Battle HQ for a strengthened company.
2 x R621 Group shelter.
2 x R607 Ammunition bunker II.
3 x Vf58c Tobruk.
3 x Vf's shelters.
1 x Wellblech shelter.
4 x 15.5cm s.F.H.414(f) guns.
2 x 2cm Flak 30.


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The Château D’eau.

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15.5cm s.F.H.414(f) guns.

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Open emplacement.

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In 1942 a batterie of four 15.5cm s.F.H.414(f) captured French howitzers were stationed here. They would have been in field positions and covered in camouflage nets. Earth and wooden command bunker and living either in tents or barracks in village houses, farms & barns. At a later date a wooden barracks were built for the troops. Also later two R621 group shelters were built to protect crews against heavy bombing.

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Plan of the site with four open emplacements (in red) and four R669 casemates, three were built, the forth was under construction. There were two R621 group shelters for guns crew and two R607 ammunition bunkers. Also one quite large R610 Battle HQ for a strengthened company which would have been the batterie HQ.

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R669 casemate showing the foul gases extraction pipes.

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R669 Ozeville.

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Steel rear doors that should be placed but often were not.

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Red circles are the two R669 casemates and there is another in the woodland.
Yellow circles are the two Tobruks that can be seen across the fields.

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2 x 2cm Flak 30.

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03 November 2016

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This is the track towards the batterie.

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03 November 2016

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Wn12 Ouistreham Château D’eau Turm 1.

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Looking into the rear of Turm 1 R669 casemate. Note the banks of earth still around casemate.

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Wn16 de Colleville

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R669 casemate under construction (at Wn16 de Colleville) and one of the 10cm le.F.H.14/19(t) gun removed after its capture.
Note the earth placed around the bunker.

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R669 casemate.

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R669 rear door.

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Under construction.

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03 November 2016

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Wn12 Ouistreham Château D’eau Turm 2.

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Term 2 almost completely covered in earth.

Photo reconnaissance Spitfire.

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Allied air photo of the battery.

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Photo reconnaissance Spitfire.

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Allied air photo of the battery and a dummy batterie set up to confuse allied intelligence and possibly take some of the bombing.

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German Artillery Plan.

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This is a German artillery plan to call down a shoot on pre planned targets. If there had been a landing opposite Wn10 the code Engers would be sent and the guns would fire just out to sea to hit any landing-craft.

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Wn12 with Mine Field 96 covering all advances too it.

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Open gun emplacement set up for a 15.5cm s.F.H.414(f) guns. Note the four wooden chocks to hold the Field Howitzer in place on the top of its turntable.

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15.5cm s.F.H.414(f) guns.

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Turntable for an open emplacement.

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An R621 Group shelter showing after capture with British troops camping on the site. Note the two entrances into the bunker. The first is the access into the Tobruk and the second goes down into the bunker..

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R621 group shelter.

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R621 showing the entrance into the Tobruk.

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I believe this is here after capture. This looks like the entrance and close combat defence of the H610 Battle HQ for a strengthened company.

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R610.

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Funk (radio) room.

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R669 rear entrance after capture, the vent on the left side and looks as though the metal vent has not been fitted and also the rear door frame has also not been fitted.

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200mm vent.

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R669 rear doors.

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Internal ventilation

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09 March 2013

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Tobruk's two.

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Tobruk.

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09 March 2013

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The furthest Tobruk.

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09 March 2013

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The closer Tobruk, these would have had earth pushed up around them to help them with camouflage and makes it a bit stronger.

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Plan.

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Green are the principal German batteries fired on by Allied ships on D-Day and Wn12 was attacked by HMS Danae.

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HMS Danae

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HMS Danae seems to have missed??

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Chaos on Sword Beach

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East Yorks landing on Sword Beach

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Leaving the beach and heading inland.

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2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment

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The capture of Wn12 Ouistreham Château D’eau

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‘B’ Company, 2nd Batt East Yorkshire Regiment attacked Daimler. A reconnaissance of it was being made by the C.O. and Officers, when, in a sunken lane, a salvo of enemy fire burst amongst the group. Lt.-Col. Hutchinson was hit in the arm. With the aid of some tanks of the 13/18 Hussars and under cover of artillery fire from the 76 Field Regiment, A and C Companies put in an attack on Daimler, which was quickly taken with little loss. Seventy of the enemy surrendered. Many German weapons were captured. In their dugouts, the Germans had been liberally supplied with wines and champagne. These the troops gladly liberated.

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East Yorkshire Regiment

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13/18 Hussars loading onto Landing-craft.