Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est is the beach at Saint-Lunaire a favoured watering hole of British tourists at the turn of the century.

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R105c machine gun bunker.

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R667 casemate for a 5cm KwK Pak gun.

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Tobruk.

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1 x R667 casemate.
1 x R105c machine gun casemate.
1 x R501twin Gruppe bunker.
2 x Vf58c Tobruk's.
2 x R612's ?? .
1 Vf/MG Stand.
1 x 5cm KwK Pak gun.
2 x 7.5cm F.K .
Anti-Tank Ditch.

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21 July 2015

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The sites of all the Widerstandsnest around Saint-Lunaire.

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MG34 mounting for a bunker with an steel plate.

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78P9 PZ Schartsnplatte for an MG34 machine gun.

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5cm KwK Pak 38 L/42.

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IGNF 1951

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First there were the trenches and then the R105c machine gun bunker was built and later on the R667 casemate for the 5cm KwK Pak. Trenches ran around the back of the bunkers and also cut through the road into the adjacent garden. Two 'T' Tobruk's were placed being the casemates. Inland we found a bunker that to us looked like an R502 but the Gruppe bunker that is stated here is an R501 quite a bit smaller? There are two R612 casemates also stated here, I cannot find any evidence of them. There was a long anti-tank ditch running along the rear of the beach.

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R501 Gruppe bunker.

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R502 twin Gruppe bunker.

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R612 casemate.

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The German plan of the Widerstandsnest

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MG34 stripped down.

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5cm KwK.

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21 July 2015

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The two casemates and trenches behind. There was also a trench across the road to the adjacent garden.

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09 October 2006

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R667 on left and R105c on right.

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R667.

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R667.

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5cm KwK Pak gun.

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Charly Ler

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A contemporary picture of the defence. (picture with thanks Charly Ler).

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Charly Ler inside Bw445 when he was allowed to enter it by the owner.

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09 October 2006

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R667 on left and R105c on right.
The lady and gentleman sitting in the sun, he was a waiter in a large hotel in London . A lovely couple.

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R105c

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Inside the gun room.

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78P9 plate.

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09 October 2006

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est. Bw 440 (Building or Baurwerk 440).

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R667 casemate. A large concrete glasses plate at the front, a flanking wall to cover the embrasure from being shot at from the seaward side.

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5cm KwK Pak gun.

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5cm KwK Pak gun.

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5cm KwK Pak gun.

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09 October 2006

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The guns would have fired straight along the beach. There was another R667 at the other end of the beach at Ra146 and two 7.5cm Kannon in R611 casemates in Ra145..

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An anti-tank ditch.

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09 October 2006

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est R667 casemate.

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R667 rear entrance and attached Tobruk on the side.
The attached Tobruk was added extra.

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Plan of a Tobruk like the one here.

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Tobruk.

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Inside a Tobruk.

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09 October 2006

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est R105c casemate

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R105c casemate for a machine gun. The metal plate has been removed.

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Gun room.

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Gun room.

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Gun room looking at the entrance door.

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09 October 2006

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In this space was a large steel dome used as observation via a centrally mounted periscope and four or six viewing points.

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441PO1.

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Inside a machine gun dome.

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Periscope.

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09 October 2006

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est trenches

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Trenches behind the bunkers.
There was a trench that ran across the road to the garden opposite.

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09 October 2006

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est The view along the beach.

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There would have been many beach defences and mines along this part of the coast.
The other end of the beach was Ra146 with two 5cm KwK guns.

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est

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Plan

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Plan of the beach defence.
Somebody was rather worried about this beach.
I believe there were to be two more R612 casemates with 2 x 7.5cm F.K . in Ra143 but I cannot find any evidence??

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R612 casemate.

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R612 gun room.

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August 1944

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The attack by the Americans on Feste St Malo.

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Sherman.

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M10 Tank Destroyer.

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1950

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Set in the suburbs of Saint-Lunaire an area that was starting to be populated by quite large holiday homes in the 1900's, this plot was empty so maybe that is why a bunker was built here.

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp estimage

24 November 2013

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The plot today but not that long ago it was covered in trees.

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The plot before clearance.

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24 November 2013

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I presume it will be a building plot very soon.

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24 November 2013

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est The Bunker

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.It feels like the dimensions of an R502 but I am not too sure as the aerial slot and the periscope are in the wrong place and there is supposed to be an R501 Gruppe bunker.

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R502 plan it has a periscope.

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R501 plan.

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24 November 2013

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est The Bunker.

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At this end is a reinforced concrete dome protecting an aerial slot.

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Aerial fitting.

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24 November 2013

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Aerial Fitting.

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German field radio.

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Funkraum.

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24 November 2013

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Periscope Fitting.

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I think this one actually had a periscope in place and its been removed.

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Blanking plug in place on another bunker.

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24 November 2013

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? Not sure what this feature is. It was a water bunker (Brunnenstand) with a water pump inside.

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Rough plan or these remains with the tree in the middle.

Ra143 Plage de Longchamp estimage

24 November 2013

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est Tetrahedral.

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This could be a Tetrahedral beach defence that may have been used as a road block in the town.

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Tetrahedral beach defences.

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24 November 2013

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Ra143 Plage de Longchamp est Railway Line.

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Now why is a railway line here?? a lot of railway lines were used in the defence of Dinard. They were sunk in the ground.

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Railway lines south of Dinard.

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IGNF 1952

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The Plot 1950's.