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There were six emplacements here and I cannot find a battery that had six guns although there were many four gun batteries around here? It may have been: -
Batterie 9./A.R.344.
4 x Geschützstellung. [Although six were found].
19 x Wellblech.
4 x 1 x 10.5cm le.F.H324(f).
4 x 12.2cm s.F.H.396.

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This is what a 10.5cm leF.H.324(f) gun.
le - Leichte - Light.
F.H. - Field Howitzer.
(f) - French.

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12.2cm s.F.H.396.

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The sort of emplacement that may have been here.

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Rue du Jardin.

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The battery covered the full length of the new road.
Rue du Jardin-------- N to S.
Rue Marcel Royer - E to W.

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Geoportail 1946

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The battery position.

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A fantastic air photo from 1946 showing the six Geschützstellung (open emplacements) and the 19 Wellblech shelters. I cannot find 19 here but there probably four or five left.

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Field position plan.

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Plan of how it have looked. A half round steel corrugated sheets and cemented over. This is a cutaway drawing. Usually they had a door at one or both ends.

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Geoportail 1946

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Turm 3

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This is just one of the six and it has what looks like four Wellblech shelters that could be used as ammunition, crew, command and many other uses.

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An Allied plan of an wheeled artillery turntable.

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Wellblech's

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Wellblech's now buried under mounds of sand and grassed over.

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Some information here

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from SMH

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Turm 4 Wellblech.

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This is a Wellblech type bunker that would have been attached to the ringstand of a gun emplacement..

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Plan.

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This is some steel sheet that was used in the makeup of a Wellblech.

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from SHM

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Turm 4 Wellblech

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In this picture from SHM the ringstand shows up with two doors overlooking the guns position.

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Position of the Wellblech.

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12.2cm s.F.H.396.

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This is what a 10.5cm leF.H.324(f) gun.
le - Leichte - Light.
F.H. - Field Howitzer.
(f) - French.

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Turm 4 Wellblech

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The two bricked up doors that would have overlooked the ringstand of Geschützstellung.

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Plan of how it have looked. A half round steel corrugated sheets and cemented over. This is a cutaway drawing. Usually they had a door at one or both ends.

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Wellblech.

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All these bunkers were built above ground. I could see no sign of the Geschützstellung.

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Field Kannon ammunition.

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from SHM

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A standard Wellblech.

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These could have been a crew bunkers.

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These could have been a crew bunkers.

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Camouflaged Wellblech.

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This one has some creeper growing over it.

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Geoportail

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Turm 1

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Turm 1 showing its Geschützstellung and four Wellblech's. Three remain.

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Camouflaged Wellblech.

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Wellblech.

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Wellblech.

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The end of the road.

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Rue du Jardin ------- N to S.
Rue Marcel Royer - E to W.

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Plan.

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