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This is the record of my visit on 28 April 2005, I have been informed that the R612 on the cliff may have fallen down since. My last visit to Wimereux was April 2018, but I did not venture up on the cliffs as we were only staying in the town. A lot had already fallen of in 2005.

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R612 on the cliff.

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Second R612 on the beach.

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Vf/Peilstand (Vf Schnabelstand) on the beach.

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Wimereux is just a few kilometre's north of Boulogne, Pas de Calais. A very pretty holiday seaside town.
StP211 Ibis covers the eastern part of the town and along the cliff top.
In the background of this picture you can see a railway viaduct and before Wimereux was captured, it was blown up. The small pictures below show the damage and the repairs.

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The blown railway viaduct.

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Being repaired post-war.

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Workmen up on the rails.

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Kriegsmarine Station M.A.A. 240.
1 x Vf/Peilstand (Vf Schnabelstand)
2 x R612 casemate.
2 x R622 twin group shelter.
2 x Wellblech shelter.
1 x Feldm ?
3 x Flakstellung (open emplacements)
1 x 7.5cm F.K.235(b) Field Kannon.
3 x 2cm Flak 28 Oerlikon.
1 x Würzburg Riese Fu.MO214.

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Würzburg Riese Fu.MO214.

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Vf/Peilstand (Vf Schnabelstand).

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2cm Flak 28.

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A plan of where we walked, it covers some of both StP207 and StP211. Stp211 is the side of Wimereux from the river north and StP207 further along the cliffs around the Pointe Aux Oles.

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StP211 covering the side of Wimereux from the river north with a small defence Feldlerche (possibly combined later with StP207).
StP207 further along the cliffs around the Pointe Aux Oles. Also behind the E Batterie 713 of Wn208 Grabelweihe

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Parts of the antitank wall just below the bridge.

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Anti-tank wall with railway lines set into the top and barbed wire entanglement to stop anybody climbing over it.

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Cross section of a German anti-tank wall.

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Just after capture showing the anti-submarine netting across the river. Not to stop submarines but tanks.
Notice the Belgian Gate pulled away from the entrance through the tank wall.

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Manually moving a Belgian gate.

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Belgian gate fittings to lock them either together or in a gap like this.

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A Belgian gate moved by horse power.

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Parts of the antitank wall just below the bridge

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An anti-tank wall ran all along the front of Wimereux and quite a lot can still be found.

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How the front looked in 1944.

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Part of the anti-tank cut through and tidied up with local stone. It would have been cast concrete with steel reinforcement inside.

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Cross section of a German anti-tank wall.

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This picture was taken after its capture.

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Another just after capture with a lot of detritus on the beach and StP211 Ibis on the far cliff..

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Rommel inspecting the AWall.

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This is the start of the cliff path.

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This is a 1946 air photo of StP211 and all I can really see are the numerous trench systems. Most of these were not fighting trenches but communication trenches, getting from A to B safely.

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Communication trench.

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DANGER:
Up on the cliff edge is this bunker. It looks like a none standard type of observation??
As a Kriegsmarine Station for M.A.A. 240 and having a Würzburg Riese Fu.MO214 radar may have been fire direction for StP212 Kornweihe MKB Friedrich August. Friedrich August was a three gun batterie of 30.5cm guns that could reach England and also could shoot at shipping in the channel. They would also give fire details to the other batteries of M.A.A. 240 to the south and any Flak in the region.

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Würzburg Riese Fu.MO214 radar.

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Inside the rear cabin of a Würzburg Riese Fu.MO214 radar.

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Inside a command post.

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R612 casemate for an assault gun. Captured 7.5cm F.K.235(b) guns from the Belgian army were used here. The casemates may not have all been finished as my information only says one gun was supplies??

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7.5cm F.K.235(b).

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Gun site and range dial for a 7.5cm gun.

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7.5cm F.K.235(b).

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Our visit in 2005 this R612 was still in place.

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R612 casemate for an assault gun 7.5cm F.K.235(b).

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7.5cm F.K.235(b).

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R612 casemate plan.

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R612 casemate embrasure looking out.

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R612 casemate for an assault gun 7.5cm F.K.235(b).

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Inside a casemate.

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Plan of the R612 casemates with the Vf Schnabelstand in the middle.

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R612 casemate for an assault gun 7.5cm F.K.235(b).

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Vf Schnabelstand has unfortunately fallen in 2005 and on its side. This was where M.A.A. 240 would have used as a spotting station to watch for the enemy and the fall of shot and adjust the guns fire.

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Vf Schnabelstand now on the beach.

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Leo Wimereux 02 July 2018

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Inside a Wellblech HWB, sent by Leo from Wimereux showing the inside half full of water, I am not sure where on Ibis it is located yet.

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This is a plan of the Vf Schnabelstand drawn by MKB Bunkertour (Facebook page).

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Looking back on StP211 Ibis.

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R622 twin group shelter.

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2cm Flak 28 Oerlikon.

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DEFE 2-2092 Report on German coastal defences in the Ostende-Dieppe area

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Beach defences at Wimereux.

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