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2 x Vf2a shelters.
2 x Vf69 mortar Tobruk's.
1 x Vf/Skoda
1 x R676
1 x R612
1 x Vf/MG
4 x Vf.
4 x Vf58c Tobruk's.
1 x Ringstand Gr.W.
1 x 5cm Ringstand.
1 x 7.5cm F.K.
1 x FT17 3.7cm KwK 144(f).
1 x S35 4.7cm KwK 173(f).
2 x 4.7cm Pak K36(t).
1 x 5cm KwK L/60.
1 x 4.7cmPak 181(f).

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Memorial to the landing of the 2nd Armoured Division (French: 2e Division Blinder, 2e DB), commanded by General Philippe Leclerc landed around the 1st August 1944.

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General Leclerc.

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Possibly an M4A2 of the 2e Division Blinder.

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2e Division Blinder in Paris.

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The 2e Division Blinder.

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Possibly just arrived in France and waiting

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A monument to General Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division of the Free French Army who landed on this stretch of Utah beach on the 1st August 1945.

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Layout of the defences of StP10 and the barbed wire fence surrounding the inland side.

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Electrically operated flame throwers.

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R612 casemate.

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StP10 Hameau Mottet Bigot map.

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The Allied Bigot map showing the defences and the row of Element 'C' just off the beach..

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The Bigot stamp.

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Allied photo reconnaissance picture.

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The RAF & the USAAF had reconnaissance Squadrons that worked together to gather as much intelligence as they could before D-Day.

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USAAF reconnaissance Lightening.

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06 October 2013

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Two 4.7 Skoda fortress guns.

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The left bunker: an old fortress design not really a field positions type.
The right bunker: an R676 an updated version of the Skoda bunker. This one has an integral flanking wall. A better rear entrance and an escape hatch. Oh and much thicker concrete.

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Skoda bunker.

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R676.

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Skoda gun.

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Left - Vf Skoda 4.7cm Pak K36(t).
Right - R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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Left - Vf Skoda 4.7cm Pak K36(t).
Right - R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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Vf Skoda 4.7cm Pak K36(t). t

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A standard Vf Skoda casemate one of several around this part of France. A Fortress design but adopted here with two flanking walls and also they are quite low so the vision slit can view over them.

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Gun commander looking through the vision slit.

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4.7cm AP ammunition.

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Vf Skoda 4.7cm Pak K36(t).

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The gun was set into the embrasure and the slit on the left is the gun commanders viewing slot. Two unusual defensive flanking walls may have been added to protect the gun after it was built. They were not standard.

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Embrasure.

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Skoda gun in position.

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06 October 2013

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Vf Skoda 4.7cm Pak K36(t).

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Vf Skoda bunker.

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Crew of a Skoda gun room with the gun commander looking through the slit.

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Damage done by the bombardment.

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Vf Skoda 4.7cm Pak K36(t).

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Gun room.

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4.7cm Skoda gun.

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Vf Skoda 4.7cm Pak K36(t).

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The gun was bolted to the embrasure and could swing inward to open. The main 4.7cm gun can be used but also a co-axle MG.Vz37(t) could also be used for close defence.

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It almost could have been taken here.

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06 October 2013

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Vf Skoda 4.7cm Pak K36(t).

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The numbering above the guns embrasure indicates the angle of the gun 3300°. The German compass measurement is 0 to 6400 thousands (mills). [Bunkersite.com]

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German army compass.

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Vf Skoda 4.7cm Pak K36(t).

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The view down the beach.

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06 October 2013

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R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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Note the periscope armoured tub rising out of the bunker.

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Festungspak 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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R676 casemate.

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R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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Rear of the bunker.

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R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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An armoured piercing round. Looks a bit like a Sherman round? or a destroyer out to sea.

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Sherman.

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06 October 2013

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R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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The escape hatch and steel ladder up the side of the bunker. There would have been a brick wall built around the ladder as protection and the sand covering the whole of the side.

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The two different styles of covers.

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Concrete version.

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Details of the escape.

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06 October 2013

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R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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The escape tunnel.

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06 October 2013

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R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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The front view.

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The gun fitting and the steel shield that could be drawn up over the gun to protect it.

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Embrasure steel door can be drawn over the gun.

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In the firing position.

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Close up of the embrasure..

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06 October 2013

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R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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The gun room and rear entrance.

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R676 casemate plan.

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06 October 2013

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R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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Periscope tube fitting. This would allow the gun commander to be able to stay in safety and have a 360° view.

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Using a periscope.

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06 October 2013

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R676 4.7cm Pak K.36(f).

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View up the beach.

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06 October 2013

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5cm KwK 1694 ringstand.

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A very simple gun emplacement with ready ammunition niches around the walls.

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1694 Ringstand.

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5cm KwK L/60 gun.

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5cm KwK L/60 gun.

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06 October 2013

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5cm KwK 1694 ringstand.

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1694 Ringstand.

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5cm KwK 1694 ringstand.

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It would have been a hell of a view from here on D-Day.

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This gun at Wn05.

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06 October 2013

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FT 3.7cm SA Mle1918 (KwK144(f)) on a Tobruk.

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FT 3.7cm KwK(f) Tobruk.

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FT 3.7cm KwK(f) Tobruk.

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06 October 2013

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FT 3.7cm SA Mle1918 (KwK144(f)) on a Tobruk.

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Now concreted over.

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The base hexagonal ring would bolt onto the Tobruk and the the the turret lowered over it.

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FT 4.7cm KwK(f).

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06 October 2013

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U shape ringstand for a FT17 MG.311.

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These very easy to make had a tank turret fitted on the top and small ammunition shelves each side. Crewed by two to three men, gunner, ammunition handler and third either helping pass ammunition or spotting for the gun.

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FT17 MG.311 turret.

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FT17 MG.311 U shaped Tobruk.

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View into the gun room and the slots for shelving to place spare machine gun ammunition.

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A niche with shelving slots.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.

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Rear view.

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Plan of an R612 casemate.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K. LAG gun.

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Gun room. A heavy steel door frame around the entrance where there should have been two steel doors. These if fitted would have been removed by the scrap men.
L.A.G. Landings Abwehr Geschutz ( Landing Defence Gun).

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Casemate rear doors.

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75mmfk235b the type of gun that may have been here.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.

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Gun room. The half round slots in the floor were so the guns trail could slot into it and stop the gun moving backwards when fired.

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The gun room.

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Field Kannon.

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.

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The view the gunners would have had up the beach to the north.

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.

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The gun room towards the rear.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.

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The two large pipe fittings on the left side for a large extractor fan.

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Bunker extractor fan.

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Plan of the extraction in an R669 casemate.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.

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Two ammunition niches either side.

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How the niche may have been laid out.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.

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What looks like a 3inch shell may have come from a Tank Destroyer

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M10 Tank Destroyer.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.

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The view at the front. Note the small machine gun embrasure to the right of the bunker.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate small machine gun embrasure.

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Tagged onto the side of the casemate is a machine gun position.

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Machine gun firing through an embrasure like the one hear.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate small machine gun embrasure.

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483P2 of the type that may have been used here.

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Close combat.

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06 October 2013

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R612 casemate small machine gun embrasure.

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Beach defences.

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The Belgian Gates removed off the beach by US engineers.

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Manoeuvring Belgian Gates.

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Belgian Gates marked on the Bigot map as Element 'C'..

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06 October 2013

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Tobruk Bf58c.

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06 October 2013

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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An emplacement for a Gr.W.34 80mm mortar.

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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Defensive Tobruk..

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Mortar crew.

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06 October 2013

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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You can just see the second larger mortar pit and the Tobruk for close defence and spotting the mortars fire.

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk plan.

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Elevation of a mortar emplacement for an 80mm mortar Bf.69.

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A box of 80mm mortar bombs.

 

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06 October 2013

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Vf ammunition bunker.

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Vf ammunition bunker.

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Small arms ammunition.

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7.5cm Field Gun ammunition.

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Box of cordite powder bags.

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06 October 2013

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Compass platform.

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This is a very interesting item, its a compass platform where the soldiers stationed here could be shown the points of the compass. A very important training aid. A lot of the soldiers were non German speakers or their fist language was not German, so by taking them here and showing them the points, when told to fire east Exxon degrees, they would know in which direction to fire.

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Troops on a map reading exercise.

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06 October 2013

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Compass platform.

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The German compass as I said earlier is 0 to 6400 thousands (mills). [Bunkersite.com] and here it can be shown to the new soldiers to the Wn.

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Training by an officer.

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06 October 2013

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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This emplacement would and was sunk into the sand dunes, but for some reason the farmer cleared away the sand and has exposed several bunkers. He has done it rather badly and not in an Archaeological way and left rather a lot of damage and more than the combined forces of America could inflict on it.

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Bf69 mortar emplacement.

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80mm mortar.

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06 October 2013

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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Entrance.

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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Ammunition room.

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80mm mortar bombs in their carrying box.

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06 October 2013

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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Machine gun Tobruk which doubles as the fire control and observation. From this Tobruk you cannot see the targets to the eastward (sea). So the machine gunner would take messages from a forward observation soldier by a field telephone. But this may brake so he may have to make hand signals to the machine gunner and there may have been special hand signals.

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06 October 2013

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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Mortar pit.

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06 October 2013

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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Mortar pit ammunition niche. Below the niche is the direction 'S' south.

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Mun.8cm Gr.W34

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80mm mortar ammunition.

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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South to West. 31 to 16.

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German compass.

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06 October 2013

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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The plate for the base of the mortar.

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Omaha beach Wn74.

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06 October 2013

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Bf.69 Mortar Tobruk.

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Observation/defence Tobruk.

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06 October 2013

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Vf2a.

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Not sure if the damage was during the war or the farmers heavy handed archaeology.

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Vf2a.

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Chimney outlet.

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Plan of the chimney arrangement.

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Vf2a plan.

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Vf2a.

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Way in.

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How it may look inside.

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Vf shelter with two rooms.

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Named as the kitchen.

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Plan of the kitchen bunker.

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Field kitchen.

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Food preparation.

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Vf shelter with two rooms.

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Passage entrance.

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Army rations.

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06 October 2013

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Vf shelter with two rooms.

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Date of manufacture 1943.

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The eagle on the other side now chiselled off.

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06 September 2013

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Vf shelter with two rooms.

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Inside.

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Detail of paintwork

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Vf shelter with two rooms.

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Escape in the far wall.

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Steaming food.

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Vf shelter with two rooms.

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Vf shelter with two rooms.

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Way out.

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Garage.

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Garage.

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It looks like the garage has been made out of an old building. The left wall made of brick and the rest concrete. It may have been a garage for 3.4cm anti/tank gun before the casemates were built.

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3.7cm anti tank gun.

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Garage.

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Garage.

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Group of Tobruk's.

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Plan.

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06 September 2013

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5cm Mortar Tobruk Ic116.

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Type Ic116

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Allied intelligence plan.

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5cm Mortar Tobruk Ic116.

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Plan of how these 5cm mortar Tobruk's work. A post set into the centre hole in the floor, pegged tight and the mortar sits on a table on the top.

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5cm mortar.

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5cm ammunition box and several bombs.

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Infantry using a 5cm mortar in the field.

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06 September 2013

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5cm Mortar Tobruk Ic116.

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Entrance into the crew room.

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Plan of a Tobruk.

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Plan of an Ic116 Tobruk.

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06 September 2013

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Tobruk Bf58c.

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Bf58c

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Tobruk Bf58c.

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Tobruk cutaway.

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Lc116 Tobruk for a 5cm le.Gr.W.203(f).

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The plate was to sit the 5cm mortar on.

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5cm le.Gr.W.203(f).

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A box of mortar bombs.

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Lc116 Tobruk for a 5cm le.Gr.W.203(f)

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This is how it looks now after the thieves had been around.

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Bf69 Tobruk.

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Out on the wire defending the rear defence.

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Anti-personnel mine.

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US attack north along the beach..

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The left overs of the landing staging that floated on the tides.

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LCT could come it to the end and unload and smaller LCT's and infantry craft could land along the sides.

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LST unloading a Sherman of the French

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2e.

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Where Division Leclerc landed.

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Gooseberry Harbour here.

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Allied plan.

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Gooseberry Harbour leftovers.

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Gooseberry Harbour.

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US infantry landing.

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2e loading on LST's in England.

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Concrete Beatles.

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Diagram of a concrete 'Beetle'.

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Model of a Beetle.

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Floating roadway using 'Beetle' floats. (Arromanches-les-Bains museum).

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1944

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The roadway off the beach.

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The Gooseberry.

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1947

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This is a picture that we rarely see or understand. On the beach is the landing stage built to the south of StP10. The roadway inland and north & south. Then an odd parking area inland. This is where vehicles coming off landing ships/craft and driving into the fields to either remove all their water proofing and later to unload ammunition, food, spares, kit, etc. It would be then collected and taken inland to where it was needed.

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Convoy

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DUKW's landing supplies.

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DUKW.

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