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4./Ma.Fl.A.820
1 x R625 Casemate for a 7.5cm Pak 40.
2 x MG/Schartenstand
1 x R634 6 embrasured turret bunker.
5 x Flakstellung.
Vf/Schartenstand Lag.
2 x Vf58c Tobruks.
1 x 7.5cm Pak40.
1 x 2cm Flak 28.
4 x 4cm Flak 28 Bofors.

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R625 casemate for a 7.5cm Pak 40 gun.

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R634 plan.

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Flak.

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Sainte-Nazaire port area with the Bassin de St-Nazaire and the larger Bassin de Penhoët with Forme Joubert which was attacked in 1943 by British Commando´s with the little ex American destroyer HMS Cambeltown in Operation Chariot.
When the port was captured by the Germans in 1940 it was taken over by their navy as a U-boat base and strongly fortified. After Operation Chariot the defences were increased dramatically. Also a very strong anti-aircraft defence was [laced around the town. Today Nz104 defences have as far as I know have been completely wiped away. We did not get to this side of the port due to roadworks.

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HMS Cambeltown, Operation Chariot before she blew up.

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An early plan of St-Nazaire.

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Kapitän Günther Prien.

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This is the area of Nz104 showing the Nouvelle Entreee du Port.
By 1952 the bunkers look as though they have all gone and regeneration of the area has started.

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1910 postcard.

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Ecluse.

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The view from the top of the U-boat pen at the ecluse (lock) allowing shipping entry into Bassin de St-Nazaire. This is where U-boats would enter after long Atlantik trips to sink allied shipping.

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U-boat entering the lock.

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U-271.

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Ecluse.

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Parade.

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The view across the Ecluse to Nz104.

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20P7 turret.

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20P7 turret.

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The west bank of the ecluse showing a large Tobruk and an R634 turreted bunker.

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R634 with the turret in place.

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20P7 six embrasured turret with a periscope through the centre..

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20P7 six embrasured turret below with a door entrance and a false floor and ladders to the turret.

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R634 plan with large crew room, gas lock, close combat room, ammunition and turret.

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The Tobruk looks like a bf67neu.

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The southern end of Nz104 now looks completely re built.

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R625 gun room.

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7.5cm Pak 40 A/T gun.

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The new housing now on the western side as all this area was cleared after Operation Chariot.

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R630 plan. Gun room at the front with a steel plate, crew room behind, gas lock and rear close combat defence.

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R625 including a Flak position for a 2cm Flak.

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2cm Flak 28.

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4cm Flak 28 Bofors.

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RAF bombing of St-Nazaire.

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RAF Halifax.

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Lancaster.

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Stirling.

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