StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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Barfleur.

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R677.

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R667.

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Vf58c Tobruk.

StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
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My plan of StP121, the yellow line is where the wall of Belgian gates was sighted. The red line, the anti-tank wall.
1 x R667 5cm casemate.
1 x R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate.
1 x Vf69 mortar Tobruk.
1 x Vf/MG
1 x 5cm Ringstand.
6 x Vf58c Tobruks.
2 x Wellblech
1 x R35 Pz.T 3.7cm KwK 144(f).
2 x 5cm KwK L/42.
1 x 8.8cm Pak 43/41.
1 x 4.7cm Pak K.36(t).
1 x 2cm Flak 30.
1 x Mortar 8cm or 5cm.

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R677 Casemate.

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R667 casemate.

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Vf69 mortar Tobruk.

StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
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This is the Barfleur area, with all the Wn & StP's along the coast. MF. 62 & 63. are the two large minefields that covered the gaps between defences.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Barfleur

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Barfleur is situated to the east of Cherbourg, it is a very interesting little fishing port with many bars, shops and restaurants.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
From WO 252/151 file

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Allied photo taken a year after D-Day.
Barfleur was an important little fishing town prior to 1940. In wartime it was not used by many fishing boats (maybe the odd one or two under guard would be allowed) but by coastal craft plying around the Atlantikwall's small ports. It was also a port that if captured could be used to supply an invading army, so it had to be defended. It was too small though for E-boats as the harbour dried out at low tide.

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Fishing today.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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07 October 2013

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Anti-tank wall

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This is a very extensive wall that runs from L to R across this picture.

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Plan.

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Plan of a concrete anti-tank wall.

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Wall with barbed wire on the top.

StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Anti-tank wall

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With the tide out you can see the extensive make up of this wall.
After the Dieppe Raid went very wrong, the Allies decided never to attack a port.
The German attitude to the Allies was that they would attack a port. So ports were strongly defended.

StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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07 October 2013

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Anti-tank wall

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Anti-tank wall

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07 October 2013

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Anti-tank wall

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You can see here extended steel rods coming out of the concrete wall to attach barbed wire to.

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Barbed wire.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Anti-tank wall

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This maybe where a small anti-tank gun could be used.

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2.5, 3 or 5cm Pak gun.

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5cm Pak.

StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R667 casemate

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This casemate would have held a 5cm KwK Pak 42. This gun covered the inner harbour.

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Plan.

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5cm KwK Pak 42.

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R667 casemate.

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R667 casemate

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This casemate would have held a 5cm KwK Pak 42. An earlier picture.

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5cm KwK Pak 42.

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R667 casemate.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Anti-tank barrier

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This is one end of an anti-tank barrier, whereby a row of Belgian Gates would be linked together and tied into this block and another on the harbour wall.

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Belgian Gate being placed.

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Belgian Gates linked together.

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The Belgian Gate is designed to link together. They have fittings on each side that link together and either a piece of rod, a bolt or even strips of barbed wire wound around.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 plus the wall of Belgian gates

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This shows the harbour wall end with the R677 camouflaged with a covering of turfs and grass. The Belgian Gates locked together.

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The Belgian Gate is designed to link together. They have fittings on each side that link together and either a piece of rod, a bolt or even strips of barbed wire wound around.

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One side of the Belgian gate that l;inks with the next one.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Wall of Belgian gates

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The block at the bottom of the picture is the harbour wall side of the Belgian Gate wall.

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Plan.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Wall of Belgian gates

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Here is the block on the harbour wall.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Harbour wall

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At the end of the harbour wall is an Nr1694 ringstand with a 5cm KwK L42 Pak.

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Nr1694 ringstand.

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Plan.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Harbour wall

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This is how it may have looked sat at the end of the harbour covering all angles.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Harbour wall Nr1694 ringstand

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Now a harbour light has been fitted inside the ringstand.

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Nr1694 ringstand.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Harbour wall

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As seen from the seaward side with the tide out.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Harbour wall

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Now looking at the part of Wn121 that runs along the beach front.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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The house in the middle was a 4.7cm Pak gun bunker built into it.

StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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This looks like a defended position.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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This is a picture of the house.

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SHM.

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A 4.7cm Skoda Pak inside.

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4.7cm Skoda Pak plan.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Concrete barrier

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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22 November 2008

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Gun emplacement

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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There is quite a lot of remains along this side.

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Mines.

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Barbed wire.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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22 November 2008

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Beach defence

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A hook set into the rocks to hole barbed wire entanglement.

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Angle iron picket post.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Tobruk

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A strengthened wall around this Vf58c Tobruk.

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Vf58c Tobruk.

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Plan.

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Tobruk

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The top flush with the ground.

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Vf58v Tobruk.

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22 November 2008

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Vf/MG

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Vf Machine gun post.

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Plan.

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Vf/MG

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Vf Machine gun post.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Vf/MG

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Vf Machine gun post. Also note the steel posts set into the concrete to hold barbed wire.

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MG.08.

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MG.34.

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Vf/MG

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Machine gun embrasure that has had the embrasure bricked up, I am assuming that just a rifle could shoot through it.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Vf/MG

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A machine gun on its tripod could fit on the concrete table.

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MG.08.

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MG.34.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Tobruk

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Another Tobruk.

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Plan.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Search light emplacement

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At night the defences were blind, so searchlights were integrated into the defences. From small to 60cm to 150cm searchlights could be used.

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Plan.

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Small search light.

StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Search light emplacement

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At night the defences were blind, so searchlights were integrated into the defences. From small to 60cm to 150cm searchlights could be used.

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60cm searchlight in its emplacement.

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60cm searchlight in its emplacement.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Tobruk

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Vf58c Tobruk.

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Plan.

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22 November 2008

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Tobruk

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Vf58c Tobruk.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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One part of a set for making a tetrahedron beach anti-tank defence.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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R677 anti-tank gun casemate with an 8.8cm Pak covering the beach.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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Flanking wall and embrasure.

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R677 casemate.

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22 November 2008

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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The field of fire of this casemate.

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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Most R677 do not have added Tobruk defences. This is quite a rare version. The Tobruk allowed for AA defence, local defence and also observation. The soldier in the Tobruk, could use binoculars to tell the gunners where targets are and also adjustment of their fire.

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AA.

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Defence.

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Observation.

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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Added Tobruk.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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Inside the attached Tobruk. There would have been a voice communication tube connecting the Tobruk to the gun room to and the machine gunner would help lay the gun on its targets.

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Sprachrohr another would be in the gun room and they could talk to each other.

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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The rear entrance where the gun could be pushed in. Two ammunition niches on each side to hold ready ammunition.

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8.8cm At gun in an R677.

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8.8cm Pak 43.

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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When the gun fired, fumes & smoke from the gun would fill the gun room.

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Extraction from the gun room.

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A fan exactly like this fitted to the bunker.

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200mm breather vent on the rear wall.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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Gun room embrasure.
The 8.8cm anti-tank gun was, one of the best AT guns of all time. But by mid war, advances in tanks and mobile warfare made them almost redundant. They were very big and heavy. They needed a large tractor to tow them in and out of positions. When in position in modern warfare, they probably only manage two rounds to fire before the enemy had spotted, where they were and either brought a gun/tank/aircraft to bear on them. The crew could not extract the guns quickly enough and the gun was often blown up. The small hand held rocket launcher became the cheapest and easiest way of killing tanks. So a lot of 8.8cm guns were moved into the Atlantikwall to be placed in fixed casemates and that gave them their strongest defence. On D-day they proved a phenomenal weapon. Omaha Beach was a great example with two guns, one at each end inside casemates just like this one.

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Tank on fire on Gold Beach.

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25 September 2005

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
R677 casemate

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
FA Munitions

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Ammunition bunker.

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FA Munitions.

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2cm ammunition.

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
2cm Flak emplacement

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An emplacement for a small 2cm Flak 30. Not only giving good AA coverage, but could be a very effective ground defence gun.

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Plan.

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2cm Flak 30.

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Flak.

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2cm Flak emplacement

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Looking into the position.

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Plan..

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Tobruk

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Covering the rear.

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Plan.

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FA ammunition

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Two ammunition niches

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Bigot

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StP121 Barfleur le Cracko
Vf69 mortar Tobruk

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Usually an 8cm mortar were in these bunkers. others a smaller 5cm mortar could be used. An ammunition room, a gun room where the mortar sits and a Tobruk defence and observation.

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Vf69 Mortar Tobruk.

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8cm mortar crew.

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