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I found these photos in our archive from WO 252/149 Northern France Check Reconnaissance - Beaches , they show not pillboxes, casemates and bunkers, but the way the river was made to flood and cause an obstacle to an attacking force. And also it shows other means of beach defences as in barbed wire, "Element C" the Allied name for Belgian Gate, and many other forms of defence.

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Belgian gate.

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Mine laying.

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Steel Hedgehogs.

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Our visit in August 2007, we stayed in a lovely old hotel on the front. This picture was from our bedroom window.

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WO 252-149 Northern France Check Reconnaissance - Beaches

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Flooding of some of the river valleys on the French coast is almost certainly caused deliberately in order
to make these valleys obstacles to lateral movement along the coast. The Vertical and oblique photo -
graphs above show inundation of the SAANE Valley at QUIBERVILLE, West of Dieppe. What is
possibly a control house (arrow) can be seen at the river mouth and the extent of the flooding is probably
controlled by sluices. An anti-tank wall has been constructed leading from the cliff.

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WO 252-149 Northern France Check Reconnaissance - Beaches

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Flooding.

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WO 232/29

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From Wo 232/29 but also taken from a report MI. 10b/759 which is a Military Intelligence file.

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The anti-tank ditch.

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Hedgehogs WO232/29.

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Anti-tank ditch WO232/29.

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The shingle had been washed up onto the roadway and the local defence platoon had not cleared it, it also then became an obstacle for tanks.

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WO 252-149 Northern France Check Reconnaissance - Beaches

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"Element C " & Hedgehog defences were used on this section.

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"Element C" anti-tank obstacle.

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Barbed wire.

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WO 232/29 Notes on German Obstacle

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"Element C" Belgian Gate.

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A horse or a few men could place a gate into position, it had rollers to run on and down each side a fitting to attached to another gate.

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The fitting down the side where a pin could pass through and join two gates together.

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Here attached together and also to the outer walls of a road, causing an effective road block.

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Arrow on the air photo shows the sluice gate. This held the water back and flooded the valley.

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11 August 2007

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