Wn129 Plage du Vicq

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This defence covers a slither of land pointing out into the Channel as both sides of the defence would have been flooded so just the beach front would need to be defended.

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Plan.

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Troops of the 709th Static Infantry Division. Probably a section stationed here.
2 x Vf58c Tobruk´s.
4 x Unterstands.
1 x Ringstand for a 5cm KwK.
1 x 5cm KwK L/42.
1 x Anti-tank wall.

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Vf58c Tobruk..

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Unterstand.

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5cm KwK L/42. No remains of this gun or its ringstand found.

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With the sea behind us, looking at the defended line.

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Geoportail 1958

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1958 photo does not show an Nr1694 ringstand for a 5cm KwK anywhere. Some Unterstands show up and two concrete structures. The Tobruks also do not show up..

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Nr1694 ringstand.

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Anti-Tank Wall

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I am sure this wall was a bit taller when it was built. There would have been a barbed wire entanglement all along the top.

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Barbed wire.

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Screw pickets.

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Tobruk Vf58c.

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Tobruk covering the left flank.

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Tobruk Vf58c plan.

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erbaut 40924B

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erbaut 40924B
Built 40924B possibly RAD or Todt workers.
Troops of the 709th Static Infantry Division were stationed here but this could be the construction battalions number that built the wall.

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Construction workers.

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RAD workers.

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Allied map of Cherbourg area 1943

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A map the Americans would have used to find their way around here.

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German defence map and showing the minefields.

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Minefields

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Rommel wanted millions of mines laid along the Atlantikwall. To make out that there were more minefields than there were, dummy fields were laid to look like real ones.

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Laying mines.

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Teller mine drawing.

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Anti-Tank Wall

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When the allies built anti-tank walls to learn how to destroy them, most were built way too strongly. Thinking that the Atlantikwall was much stronger than it was. When the tank wall at Omaha Beach was blown, it was found that there was no steel reinforcement in it and it just blown to pieces when rather a large amount of explosive was used.

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Tank wall with barbed wire on the top.

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Plan.

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Anti-Tank Wall

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Gun position for either an anti-tank gun or a machine gun.

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3.7cm A/T gun.

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Machine gun.

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3.7cm ammunition.

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Anti-Tank Wall

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3.7cm Pak 30.

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MG.34.

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Ammunition.

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Anti-Tank Wall

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The view of a gunner across the beach.

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Anti-Tank Wall

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Steel screw pickets were set into the concrete wall and then barbed wire rapped around them.

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How it may have looked.

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Wiring.

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Screw picket.

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Anti-Tank Wall

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View from the beach.

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Unterstands

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There are at least two in the field behind the wall and another in the garden of a house just down the road. There maybe another here.

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Unterstand.

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Unterstands

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Inside this thicket is an Unterstand.

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Entrance hidden in Bracken.

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Alarm!

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The entrance.

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Unterstands

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Another here, somewhere???

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Plan.

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Unterstands

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Plan.

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Tobruk

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Second Tobruk.

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Tobruk

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A closer look at the Tobruk.

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Unterstand

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When we were there when the house was being built. We saw an Unterstand in his lawn.

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Unterstand

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You can just see it under the lawn,

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Unterstand

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Eisenpfahel

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Eisenpfahel barbed wire post upside down, this is actually the base of the post. The idea of turning it upside down was so a directional lamp could be placed on the top. This way light could be shined in one direction and a patrol could find their way back. This is the second one found, one here at Wn129 and also Wn128.

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Eisenpfahel plan.

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Daimon Taschenlampe.

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Carbide lamp.

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