StP Berck Fourche H.K.B.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B

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Batterie 6./H.K.A.R. 1245.
3 x 689 casemates.
1 x SK/Machinen.
1 x Zisterne.
3 x 17cm K18L/50 guns.

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17cm K18.

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17cm K18.

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We tried to find the bunkers but the weather was rather wet and getting dark, so far its a battery position we have not visited.

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Three R689 casemates covering the Berck beach area.

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R689 elevation.

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R689 plan.

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The way in across the sand dunes.

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Three R689 casemates.

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The sand dunes.

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An early morning walk into the sun.

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R689 casemate Turm 1

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A large bunker looming out of the trees..

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Construction.

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Fitting of the guns.

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R689 casemate Turm 1

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A very large rear wall.

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R689 casemate Turm 1

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A surprisingly small rear entrance.

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R689 plan.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B
R689 casemate Turm 1

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A long central passage way.
I doubt that doors were ever fitted as I believe these were built quite late in 1944.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B
R689 casemate Turm 1 ammunition

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Surprisingly small ammunition rooms considering the large calibre of the guns.

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Ammunition.

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17cm K18L/50 gun.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B
R689 casemate Turm 1 gun room

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Looking back through the large almost tunnel.

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R689 elevation.

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R689 plan.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B
R689 casemate Turm 1 gun room

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When the gun fires and the case is ejected from the breach, it is removed and placed down either this man hole for storage until the battle is over. Then they will be removed and re used.

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17cm shell casing.

R689 plan.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B
R689 casemate Turm 1 gun room

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Note the steel girders set into the rear wall, presumably to make up a shelf to rest ready ammunition on.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B
R689 casemate Turm 1 gun room

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A heavy steel ring would have been fitted into the concrete base, then the gun lowered onto it and bolted down.

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R689 elevation.

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17cm K18.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B
R689 casemate Turm 1

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Embrasure.
The five squares in the concrete on both sides of the embrasure, is where large wooden blocks would be cut and placed and then two steel armoured plate would have been bolted on with five large bolts. All this to add protection to the bunker.

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R689 elevation.

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Rommel visiting bunkers.


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Steel plate being placed in a bunker..

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B
R689 casemate Turm 1

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A very large casemate with a very heavy concrete roof and lid to cover the important gun..

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R689 elevation.

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R689 plan.

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DEFE2/2092 Report No 2 on German coastal defences in the Ostende-Dieppe area.

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DEFE2/2092 Report No 2 on German coastal defences in the Ostende-Dieppe area.

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Bunker under construction.

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Narrow gauge cement or rubble trucks.

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Pouring cement.

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DEFE2/2092 Report No 2 on German coastal defences in the Ostende-Dieppe area.

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Red square, site of batterie

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Outline map showing places visited & referred to in this report.

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One of the Groups of British Army Officers, who were ordered to search out German defences along the coast.

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DEFE2/2092 Report No 2 on German coastal defences in the Ostende-Dieppe area.

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This picture was taken by British investigators in November 1944.
The narrow gauge railway was used in the building of the casemates.

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Bunker under construction.

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Narrow gauge cement or rubble trucks.

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Pouring cement.

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DEFE2/2092 Report No 2 on German coastal defences in the Ostende-Dieppe area.

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Front view showing the camouflage net but no gun in place and its possible that the guns were not yet installed.

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Two ammunition niches behind the gun room.

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DEFE2/2092 Report No 2 on German coastal defences in the Ostende-Dieppe area.

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Closer look at the embrasure.

Thank you Pete for DEFE2/2092 Report No 2 .

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17cm K18 gun.

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17cm KANONE 18

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A 17cm K 18 in action. A Krupp's designed gun, it could fire a 68kg (150lb) shell to a maximum range of 28,000 meters (30,520yd) and had a dual recoil mechanism.
The German 17 cm Kannon 18 heavy howitzers (17 cm K 18 for short), built by Krupp and Hannoversche Maschinenbau, were heavy corps-level guns. In the field, they delivered great damage, but they also had a great disadvantage of requiring a long period of time to tear down for transport, thus during the latter part of the war many of the K 18 crews sabotaged their own guns in the face of advancing Allied and Soviet forces to prevent capture; many examples were indeed captured.(Source: Wikipedia) The gun would have been towed by a half-track prime mover.

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17cm KANONE 18.

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SdKfz prime mover/gun tractor with a 15cm gun.

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SdKfz prime mover/gun tractor with a 15cm gun.

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