Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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Île de Noirmoutier is an island off the Vendee coast reached by a bridge (which is now free!)
(5c./le.M.A.A.684) [Marine Artillery]
Teil (part of) 6/Ma.Fl.A.708 Flak.
4 x R501 group bunker.
1 x R502 twin group bunker.
1 x R600 for a 5cm KwK.
1 x R667 for the Same 5cm KwK.
1 x M162a fire control post.
3 x 2cm Flak.
1 x Radar Fu.MO 2.
1 x 5cm KwK 38.
2 x 2cm Flak 28/30.
1 x 2cm Flak 29.
1 x 60cm Searchlight.

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Île de Noirmoutier bridge.

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Or the passage which can only be accessed at low tide.

Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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Sa106 L'Herbaudiere is situated on the furthest n/w point. You can park outside of the camping site and walk to the point, several bunkers and a fire control post.
A view of the point from a distance, the first bunker is an M162a fire control post for a light coastal battery. Next an SK bunker, possibly a generator for the Seetakt radar? Behind and into the trees are more bunkers.

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Plan.

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M162a fire control post for a light coastal battery.

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M162a elevation.

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1 - M162a with flak.
2 - R501 twin group bunker with an SK building for a Fu.MO 2 radar.
3 - R600 for 5cm KwK gun (removed).
4 - R667 for 5cm KwK gun (moved from above).
5 - R501 group bunker.
6 - R502 twin group bunker.
7 - R501 group bunker with flak.
8 - SK store room/ammunition?

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R600 for 5cm KwK gun

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R667 for 5cm KwK gun

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R502 twin group bunker.

Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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The view from the camp site with the toilet block on the right.

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
M162a fire control post.

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This was the FCP for Sa107 'Gneisenau' Batterie 5c/le.M.A.A.684 at Le Luzay with 4 x 15.5cm s.F.H.414(f).
M162a is on two levels. In the main body is the lower part with a gas lock leading into the computing room the leading into the observation room. To the left side (as we look at it) is the watch officers room, to the right is a fuel room for a small generator, wireless room and then the close combat defence room covering the back door. Above is the range finder room.

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M162a elevation.

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M162a plan.

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Sa107 'Gneisenau' Batterie 5c/le.M.A.A.684 at Le Luzay with 4 x 15.5cm s.F.H.414(f).

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15.5cm s.F.H.414(f).

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
M162a fire control post.

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The side view with the viewing slits now sealed up. On the roof is an AA mounting for a 2cm AA gun.

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2cm Flak 28 Oerlikon.

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M162a fire control post.

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M162a at Battery Kerbonn, Crozon, Brittany.

Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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M162a fire control post

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Aerial fitting and a defence Tobruk to its right.

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Bunker aerials.

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Tobruk defence.

Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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M162a fire control post 2cm AA Gun

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Anti aircraft defence it would have been a 2cm Oerlikon 28 gun

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2cm Oerlikon 28 gun.

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2cm Oerlikon 28 gun.

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M162a fire control post 

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The area bricked up should be open and a complete 360° observation with a concrete lid on four steel posts holding it up.

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View into the rangefinder space.

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A large rangefinder that would have been set into the floor..

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M162a fire control post

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British heavy fighters would fly do here on many occasions to attack U-Boats or ships coming and going from the harbours around this area. They would fly out from Cornwall on the southern tip of England, go right around Brittany and attack anything they found. Many submarines, ships were attacked and if there were no ships then targets of opportunity were used like gun batteries and other military sites.

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Beaufighter with D-Day stripes on its winks attacking with rockets. It also had 4 x 20mm cannon and 6 x .303 machine guns. Eight 60lb rockets/ torpedo.

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Two Beaufighters leaving a target as the third starts its attack run.

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The view out to sea with the Île du Pilier lighthouse in the distance. The light would have been used as a lookout as it could see 20miles (32km.)in good weather. The fort could have held a small detachment and the two gun positions may have had old French ordnance.

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Île du Pilier showing two French gun emplacements, a small fort and the Lighthouse.

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13cm gun.

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9.5cm canon de cote de 95 m93 used a lot in coastal defence.

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R501 group bunker.

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R501 group bunker. This one was later modified to have a radar installed on its roof.

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R501 group bunker.

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R501 group bunker radar.

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Note the camouflage on the R501 bunker and on top is a box to hold a Fu.MO 2 "Calais 36" coastwatcher radar, this radar could control the batterie of 15.5cm field guns inland on any target day or night.

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Fu.MO 2 "Calais".

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Fu.MO 2 "Calais" coastwatcher radar.

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R501 group bunker radar.

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The offices on the side may have been communications between the radars and the main command post on the island.

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Radio room.

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HQ bunker.

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R501 group bunker radar.

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How the radar may have looked inside the emplacement.

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Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R501 group bunker radar.

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This is where the radar stood until August 1944 when it was removed.
Three gun embrasures were put into the concrete walls for local defence.

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How the radar may have looked inside the emplacement.

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Radio badge.

Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R501 group bunker radar.

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Three gun embrasures were put into the concrete walls for local defence.

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Two bunkers and one gun

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R600 & an R667

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R600.

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R667.

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5cm KwK 38.

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R600 emplacement for a 5cm KwK gun.

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The R600 is an early bunker for a 5cm KwK gun, it has an open ringstand with about five ready ammunition niches set into the outer wall and underneath two rooms, one a crew room and the other for ammunition. It also has a gas lock entrance.

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Crew room on the left and ammunition on the right.

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The plan view of the emplacement with ready ammunition niches around the wall and two entrances at the rear which lead do to the bunker below.

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R600 emplacement for a 5cm KwK gun.

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We had a very cold but sunny November.

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Night action.

Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R600 emplacement for a 5cm KwK gun.

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The guns hold fast in the centre of the ringstand.

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The base of a 5cm KwK showing its squared off base that fits into the socket on the hold fast.

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The mounting without the gun.

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The gun.

Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R600 emplacement for a 5cm KwK gun.

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The ammunition niches usually they are lined with wood and the ready rounds are placed there. As they get used up, fresh rounds come up from below.

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Bringing ammunition from below.

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Passing ammunition from a ready locker to the gun on a Flak site.

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Boxed and loose ammunition.

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R600 emplacement for a 5cm KwK gun.

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The bunkers escape. Also behind is an aerial fitting.

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They could have squared off or half round escapes.

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Crew room with the escape door open and you crawled out to the shaft and climbed the steel steps to the roof.

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Bunker radio and aerial fitting.

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R667 emplacement for a 5cm KwK gun.

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This is an R667 the replacement for the older R600. Due to allied bombing of fortifications, Hitler ordered all guns to be casemated. In other words covered over from above. This had two sides to it.
One: the gun only had a 60° of lateral movement.
Two: it was quite Safe from most forms of aerial and naval bombardment which was proved on D-Day when many of these R667's survived the initial onslaught and only succoured to direct tank fire.

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HMS Belfast firing on the Normandy beaches D-Day.

Sa106 'Clousewitz', K.V.A. Île de Noirmoutier

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R667 emplacement for a 5cm KwK gun.

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This is the rear entrance into the casemate, its staggered to give the rear door some cover. The gun was removed from the R600 and placed inside this casemate when completed.

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Looking do on an R667 with the guns embrasure on the left and the chicane entrance in the right.

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Plan showing the gun room and the rear entrance.

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Rear entrance into an R667.

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R667 emplacement for a 5cm KwK gun.

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This is the front and left side, there is a short wall on the right side to cover the embrasure from flanking fire out at sea and the two lips on the roof are for earth/Sand to be placed up there and grass to grow which gives a modicum of camouflage.

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An R667 with its flanking wall. The wall could be built on either side.

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Gun room of an R667.

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Artillery guns crew.

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
H501 Group Bunker

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Another R501 group bunker for 8men. Also an aerial fitting. A this is a Marine unit perhaps they used radios more than field telephones?

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Very crowded.

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H501 Group Bunker

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M.A.A. in action.

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H501 Group Bunker

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The bunkers half round escape.

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Escape.

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The escape shutters closing off the escape pasSage.

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410P9 escape door.

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Sa106 'Clousewitz'
R502 twin group bunker plus a 60cm searchlight.

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There is not a lot to see of of this bunker as its a bit smashed about. It had an emplacement on its roof for a 60cm searchlight to scan the sea all around the point to show up and enemy ships that may be attacking. I have no idea where the power for the searchlight came from, there may have been a generator somewhere to power it as I am sure there was no mains electricity on the island.

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R502 twin group bunker with a small store room and periscope.

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Periscope tube.

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Bunker periscope.


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60cm searchlight as it may have looked here..

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R501 group bunker

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Another R501 with a 2cm Flak 28/30

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2cm Oerlikon.

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Kriegsmarine Gunner Operating 2.0 cm Flak 29 Oerlikon.

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R501 group bunker

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R501 group bunker

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R501 group bunker

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Flak emplacement on the roof.

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Kitchen bunker

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Where all the food came from and the spuds peeled.

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