Ca12 Onival.

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1 x Peilstand/Vf.
1 x R600b.
2 x Schnabelstand.
1 x 7.5cm Pak 97/38.
1 x 5cm KwK 38.

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R600b fir the 5cm KwK 38.

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Schnabelstand.

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7.5cm Pak 97/38.

Ca12 Onival.

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1945

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The beach running up to Cayeux and the Somme estuary.

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Teller mine on a tree trunk.

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More beach defences.

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Rommel and his Asparagus.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand set into the side of the road just outside Onival.

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Schnabelstand could also be used as a machine gun pillbox.

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Ca12 Onival.

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15 April 1946

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This 1947 photo shows the two Schnabelstand (red squares) and linking trenches gradually being filled in. It looks as though there was a sort of command area set back up the slope (yellow square) where there look to be some bunkers with trenches connecting them. I cannot see where the other bunkers and guns were laid out.

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21 February 2014

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Some bits and pieces in the field behind the first Schnabelstand. It may be the foundations of a dismantled house?

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There looks as though there was a house there?

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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There was a trench system running along this bank as a defence and so troops could move from position to position.

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An elevation plan of a Schnabelstand.

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Observation.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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The front sticking out of the bank and a good view of the camouflage, the bunker would be cast with flat concrete face and a mix of asbestos mixed with concrete would be daubed on to create camouflage breaking up its clean lines.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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The trench and rear entrance tunnel to the bunker.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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Trench leading into the bunker.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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Looking into the main room.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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The viewing slit with the centre section has been broken away for some reason.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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The doorway into the control room.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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Looking back into the main room.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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The square holes in the walls are for wooden blocks to be set into them (we would now call the a sort of Raul Plug) and maybe a wall covering in wood nailed to them making it a warmer and more homely place.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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Steps up to the trench exit.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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View from above.

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21 February 2014

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Eisenpfahel.

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The German barbed wire post designed as a picket post to hold barbed wire, the square piece is a Swastika symbol.

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Eisenpfahel.

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21 February 2014

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The first Schnabelstand.

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Some additional details will go here

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21 February 2014

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The second Schnabelstand.

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View from behind.

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Troops camping.

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21 February 2014

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The second Schnabelstand.

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The entrance.

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21 February 2014

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The second Schnabelstand.

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The entrance.

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21 February 2014

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The second Schnabelstand.

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Main room.

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21 February 2014

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The second Schnabelstand.

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Viewing room. I have tried with Photoshop to add the tree photos together.

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Ca12 Onival.

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21 February 2014

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The second Schnabelstand.

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The door with several niches that may have been to hold battery or Acetylene lamps.

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Battery lamp.

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Acetylene lamp.

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21 February 2014

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Eisenpfahel.

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21 February 2014

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Onival on a Bright February.

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