Wn124 Phare de Gatteville

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Built between 1829 and 1834, the Gatteville lighthouse is the 2nd largest lighthouse in France with a height of 75 m. The construction of this "stone light" required 11,000 blocks of granite representing 7,400 tonnes. After having climbed a staircase of 365 steps lit by 52 windows, visitors can admire the magnificent panorama of the Val de Saire and la mer de la Manche.

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Wn124 covers the Northern side of StP152. 7./Heers Kusten Artillerie Regiment1261. This was a huge, six open emplacement (Geschützstellung) for 15.5cm K.420(f) guns and then four R679 casemates plus ammunition and crew bunkers. All round defence were four Wn's123, 124, 125 & 125a.

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15.5cm K.420(f).

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R679 casemate plan.

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FCP, Leitstand/SK.

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A reconnaissance photo of the Gatteville light.

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Geoportail 1972

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1 x Nr1694 ringstand.
1 x Vf58c Tobruk.
4 x Vf/MG stands.
1 x 5cm KwK 39 L/42.

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Nr1694 ringstand.

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Vf58c Tobruk.

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This is the map of the area showing the defences and mine fields, which were quite extensive.

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Teller mine

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The start of the walk, not knowing that I was going to climb to the top.

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Phare de Gatteville

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333!!!!

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Yes 333 steps and my knees have never been the same.

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From behind and to the east Wn123.

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To the West Wn's 125 & 125a and StP126 'Blankensee'.

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Behind is StP152. 7./Heers Kusten Artillerie Regiment 1261.

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Right behind and covering the Eastern rear area is this R612 with a 7.5cm F.K. at Wn125a Gatteville les Vastyines.

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R612 casemate.

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75mm F.K.235(b).

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Gun room of an R612.

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The pre 1829 Gatteville light still in place.

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5cm KwK 39 L/42 model.

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Looking down on the old lighthouse with a 5cm ringstand type Nr1694. To the left, front of the lighthouse were about two machine guns in a Vf bunker.

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The view from the beach.

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V58c Tobruk was here as well.

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The Nr1694 ringstand for a 5cm KwK 39 L/42. Also there is a French hold fast ring for a 9.5cm canon de cote de 95 M 93. We have found ringstands and even complete guns around the Normandy and Brittany coast and were place around the time of the Maginot extension line to help defend the French coast.

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Hold fast ringstand for a French 9.5cm gun.

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9.5cm canon de cote de 95 M 93.

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