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A batterie of two 24cm S.K.L/50 guns originally from a Russian battleship "Rurik" which was in the harbour of Libau, Latvia, and was captured when the port was taken. The guns were removed and modified from 25.4cm to 23.80cm to be able to use standard German ammunition. Then sent to the island of Borkum of the German coast as a coastal batterie. In 1940 they were moved to Calais. 1942 casemates were built around them.

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24cm Shells.

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Russian battleship "Rurik".

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Borkum, Germany.

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1949

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Batterie 2./M.A.A.244
200 naval personnel.
1 x R606 bunker for a 60cm searchlight.
2 x R612 casemate for an assault gun (LAG).
1 x R629 anti-tank gun bunker.
5 x SK bunkers.
1 x SK/Machinenbunker.
1 x Leitstand/SK + Hospital.
2 x Vf/Schartenstand.
2 x 5cm KwK ringstands.
2 x Vf58c Tobruks.
5 x MG Stand.
1 x Wellblech.
2 x 24cm S.K.L/50 guns.
2 x 4cm Flak 28.
1 x 7.5cm F.K.231.
2 x 5cm KwK guns.
2 x 7.62cm F.K.39(r).
1 x 7.5cm F.K.235(b).
4 x 7.5cm Flak M33(f).

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R606 bunker for a 60cm searchlight.

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R612 casemate for an assault gun (LAG).

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R629 anti-tank gun bunker.

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The two large gun bunkers have now had the ground completely re modelled since the holiday camp (Vacance) and the Jungle has been removed.

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Vf58c Tobruks.

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M.K.B. Oldenburg 24cm S.K.L/50 guns.

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7.62cm F.K.39(r).

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Page -1- Interesting details about the heavy batteries in the Calais area. Remember these documents are SECRET!

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7.5cm F.K.235(b).

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7.5cm Flak M33(f).

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4cm Flak 28.

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Page -2-

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Photo reconnaissance Spitfire that would have flown over here almost daily to acquire and build up an idea of what was happening on the ground.

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Dover gun Winnie IWM/H/7918.

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Convoy being shelled from France.

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Batterie Oldenburg’s arc of fire.

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German map of the period

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This is the German map showing all the defences along the coast with Oldenburg as StP18.
The black line is the demarcation line between - in the east AOK15 (15th Army) to the west AOK7 (7th Army).

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Plan of the batterie by Allied Intelligence 1944 with the two casemates either side.

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Evidence in camera

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Allied aerial photo of the batterie showing the two casemates arrowed.

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Today you have to walk along the board walk to the first casemate.

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Powder bags being brought up to the gun.

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Two brass cases.

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Casemate ground floor plan.

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Installing the gun.

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How the turret may have looked before the casemates were built.

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Batterie Linderman firing, how this gun may have looked.

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The open emplacement at Batterie Linderman, how this would have looked..

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Shell magazine.

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Powder bags.

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The door with a very nice porch over it allows access to the magazine. This door can be seen on the picture below but without the porch. It must have been found that a modification was needed..

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Plan.

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Towering cranes to lower the guns into place.

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The rear in 1941 when it was under construction.

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Plan of Basement level.
Quarters for seamen and officers, also at the rear a machine bunker.

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Machinery room.

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Elevation of a machinery room.

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Elevation of the gun room through A--A and out to the machinery room.

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Up on the roof looking down on the embrasure and the concrete extensions to carry heavy steel nets (to explode any shell that might penetrate the embrasure) and also camouflage nets.

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Embrasure.

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The chain mail used around the guns embrasure.

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Elevation plan of the casemate..

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Erik Ritterbach 27 March 2001

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Erik Ritterbach gave me these photos many years ago and has allowed me to use them which I thank him very much. We could not get to the front of the casemates on this visit..

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Up on the roof looking down on the embrasure and the concrete extensions to carry heavy steel nest (to explode any shell that might penetrate the embrasure) and camouflage nets.

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A close up of the chain mail.

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Case and powder bag magazine to gun room.

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Magazine storage of cordite powder bags.

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Erik Ritterbach 27 March 2001

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Erik's photo of the casemate and the overhanging nose.

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Inside the casemates gun room where the gun and shield was mounted..

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Batt. Linderman's turret.

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Inside the casemates gun room.

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Tobruk defence on the roof.

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Turm 1 and the fire control post/Hospital.

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Details2

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Fire Control Post (Leitstand) and the ground floor is a Hospital.
Between us and the FCP is a machinery bunker.

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Generator in bunker.

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Plan of an engine house.

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Fire Control Post (Leitstand) and the ground floor is a Hospital.

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A plotting room.

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Fire Control Post (Leitstand) and the ground floor is a Hospital.

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Fire Control Post (Leitstand) and the ground floor is a Hospital.

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The bunker with a side entrance is a Naval design bunker for guns crew.

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Crew bunker.

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Naval design bunker for guns crew.

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Crew bunker.

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One of the Crew bunker passage at Oldenburg.

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Crew bunker.

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My picture of a Crew bunker at Grosser Kurfürst Batterie.

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Crew bunker.

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Plan of an engine house.

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On the roof is a small odd shaped fire control post ?

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On the roof is a small odd shaped fire control post ?

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On the roof is a small odd shaped fire control post ?

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This looks like it was taken just after capture.
The Canadians attacked from the rear and the crew surrendered very quickly.

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Gun casemate.

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Turreted gun in position with a few camouflage nets stacked around.

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Death of a sailor inside the casemate.

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Batteries in the area.

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Batteries in the area.

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Crew bunker and a ringstand for a 5cm KwK gun on its roof built in local brick.

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R621 crew room.

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Crew bunker and a ringstand for a 5cm KwK gun on its roof built in local brick.

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R629 anti tank gun garage.

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R629 anti-tank gun bunker.

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2.5cm Pak gun.

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Pak gun by its garage.

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Out in front an Unterstand /R621?

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Plan of an R621 group bunker.

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RAF Recon photo.

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Bombing of Calais and Oldenburg areas on many occasions.

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Handley Page Halifax.

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Several barrack looking buildings continuing to the east side.

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Unterstand/Naval barracks bunker?

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Pos. this type?

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Note our own police protection.
The batterie position was captured on 1 October 1944, by the Canadian 3rd Infantry Brigade.

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Canadians in Normandy.

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Writing on the bunkers wall.

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Writing on the bunkers wall.
Translated 'Piecing pipe wiper' ?

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On the fence by the road.

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On the fence by the road.

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Heavy and light batteries in the Pas de Calais.

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There is a story here, just before we turned to go up the road to the batterie, we found this bunker. A young lady 'of the night' was hanging around the back of the bunker with her car. I was reluctant to take her in the picture, but in my haste this car entered the frame. Oh dear what we come across bunker hunting.

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Bunkers very heavy door.

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The bunker.

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Calais