Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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South of Dieppe there are some very high cliffs, but at several places the cliffs received and there are short lengths of open beach where a landing could take place. Wn Marg05 is just one of them. Immediately defended after the French defeat and then the defence was gradually increasing through the summer of 1944 when several bunkers and a casemate were built.

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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11 Aug 2007

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1 x R600b open emplacement.
1 x Stollen - bunker.
1 x R612 casemate.
1 x Geschützstellung - open emplacement.
1 x Vf67 Tobruk.
1 x R655 six man bunker with an ammunition room.
2 x Vf/MG.
1 x 5cm KwK.
1 x 7.5cm F.K.234(b).
1 x Pz.T FT17.

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5cm KwK. in an R600b emplacement.

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Vf67 Tobruk.

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A nice view down the valley to the sea.

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WO 252/149 Northern France Check Reconnaissance - Beaches

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer
WO 252/149

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A reconnaissance was carried out to take some of the worst photos of France ever. Well a small unit was sent to photograph the full length of the Channel coast. This is all we have of Saint-Aubin. It shows the cliffs looking west.

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WO 252/149 Northern France Check Reconnaissance Beaches.

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WO 252/149 Northern France Check Reconnaissance Beaches.

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An Officer and his vehicle, there are even fewer photos of the men that carried this reconnaissance out.

Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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SHM plan

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer
SHM Plan

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  1 - Abri passif = Shelter.
  2 - Tourelle de char = Tank turret.
  3 - Casemate pt Mitrailleuse - Small pillbox.
  4 - Abri Personnel avec d'observation = Personal shelter with observation.
  5 - Abri = Shelter. 
  
6 - 7 encuve = 7 Vats (open emplacements Flak).
  
7 - 3 encuve = 5 Vats (smaller? open emplacements Flak).
 
 8 - Abri entrerre = Shelter entry.
  
9 - 12 encuve = 12 Vats (smaller? open emplacements Flak).
10 - 12 encuve = 12 Vats (smaller? open emplacements Flak).
11 - PD de tir = Fire control observation.
12 - casemate Mitrailleuse, a 2 directions = Casemate for two machine guns in two directions.
13 - Abrisavec Tobruk = R621 with Tobruk bunker.
14 - Abrisavec encuve 50 = R655 + Tobruk.
15 - Casemate piece de campagne = Casemate for 7.5cm F.K.234(b).
16 - encuve 105 = Geschützstellung for 7.5cm F.K.234(b).
17 - encuve d'abri souterrain = Underground shelter.

Items in Italics are relevant to the plan.

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FT tank turret.

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Ft in a Tobruk.

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Geoportail 1947

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Taking information from several sources and they have contradicting ideas of what was here.
Hay Ho, thats bunker hunting.

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.234(b).

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R655 six man bunker with an ammunition room.

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R622 twin group bunker.

Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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11 Aug 2007

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The view looking west.

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How the beach would have looked.

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Hedgehogs.

Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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SHM

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A better view of the beach and the casemate just on the brow of the hill, well placed to cover the beach..

Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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03 March 2012

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer
R612

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Plan.

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R612 casemate for a 7.5cm F.K.234(b).

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7.5cm F.K.234(b).

Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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03 March 2012

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer
R612

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There was originally a Geschützstellung or open emplacement for the 7.5cm F.K.234(b) a captured Belgian artillery piece. Then when the casemating of artillery close to beaches came in, an R612 was built to house the gun.

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R612 inside.

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Wooden front doors (if fitted)

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Inside with a field gun.

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What the Geschützstellung may have looked like. This one is for a 7.5cm gun at Wn62. Omaha Beach..

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03 March 2012

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer
R642

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An ex horse drawn LGA (anti landing gun) of 7.5cm. It could fire armoured piercing or high explosive with shrapnel. Although this gun was possibly pre WW1. It was still lethal to landing craft and tanks at effective range.

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The different types of ammunition.

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The east cliff.

Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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11 Aug 2007

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Vf/MG

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On the east side there seems only to be one machine gun pill box.

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11 Aug 2007

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Vf/MG

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A locally built pill box defence of the east cliff firing in just two directions, out to sea and west along the beach.

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Plan.

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03 March 2012

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Vf/MG

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This embrasure fired down the beach.

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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03 March 2012

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Vf/MG

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This embrasure fired down the beach.

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03 March 2012

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Vf/MG

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The rear of the bunker.

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03 March 2012

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Vf/MG

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Rear entrance.

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11 Aug 2007

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Vf/MG

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1941 the date of construction and 4 may mean the fourth bunker in the complex?

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1941

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Vf/MG

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11 Aug 2007

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Vf/MG

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Inside showing the embrasure firing out to sea.

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11 Aug 2007

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Luftwaffe Flakschule Ramouville

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The cliffs are getting very dangerous now.

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Luftwaffe Flackshule Ramouville.

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AA positions.

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Wn Marg05, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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11 Aug 2007

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03 March 2012

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