Ra236 I. Pleurtuit Flak

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II./1.912.
1 x L410.
1 x L403.
1 x L413.
2 x Vf2a.
10 x Munitions Lagers.
2 x Scheinwerferstellung.
3 x 3.7cm Flak 36.

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3.7cm Flak.

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L410.

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Vf2a bunker.

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Part of the AA defence of the airfield.

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The date stone.

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Kriegsjahr (Year of the war) 29.9.42

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Flak crew.

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IGNF

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The triangular area was a perfect site for a Flak position, 3 x 3.7cm Flak 36. You can see the three flak positions in the corners.

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The southern/western side of the defence with an L410 on the left and a Vf20 with a Flak position above it.

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Plan.

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Flak crew.

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3cm ammunition.

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Vf2a entrance.

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Plan Vf2.

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Vf2a Bu No.1. Note the camouflage colours.

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Vf2a side elevation showing the left passage and then the crew room.

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A plan of the way this Vf2a was adapted.

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A standard Vf2a plan.

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Vf2a Bu No.1. This is the bunkers number of the group.

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The passage. The entrance to the bunker on the right.

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Plan.

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The other exit now blocked and full of rubbish.

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Plan.

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View into bunker.

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Plan.

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Crew room with the escape on the far wall.

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Plan.

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Crew room looking back to the entrance door.

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Plan.

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Niches in the wall with cut outs to connecting them possibly a field telephone.

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Wall mounted field telephone.

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Way out.
Note again the camouflage colours on the wall

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Plan.

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Back outside and we went on the top.

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Side elevation of how I see this emplacement would look.

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3.7cm Flak and crew.

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The entrance for the gun to be brought in.
The gun would be drawn in maybe on its wheeled trailer and set up on the base of the emplacement and the trailer removed and parked in a nearby barn. The entrance would then be closed off either with a concrete beam or heavy baulks of wood. The piece of concrete sitting on the right side may have been the entrance closure. The ramp of earth is to gain access for the gun and crew.

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Looking into the open emplacement.

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Ready ammunition spaces around the outside wall.
These allow a quick and easy way to service the gun with ammunition when speed is essential. They would have used old wooden ammunition boxes fitted into the slots to allow the rounds to be stacked either in magazines or loose. For 2cm Flak is in a magazine and for 3.7cm a slide in clip.

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2cm boxes and magazines.

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3.7cm.

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3.7cm clip.

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Two steel eyes and a niche.
The eye bolts may have been used to hold the rear door closed and the niche for a field telephone connection to the control bunker that coordinated all the batteries fire.

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Concentrated Flack.

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Intruder Mosquito.

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Or Spitfire.

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This is the escape hatch. Steel ladder rungs still in place
The escape would have at the bottom a steel door a 410P9, then some small shutters that could be removed by hand. The escape shaft would have been filled with gravel or sand and that would have to be emptied into the bunker and then the occupants would crawl through the door and climb steel ladders set into the concrete wall of the bunker.

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The escape is the semi circle of red. The escape could be either a semi circle of red bricks or a half square of bricks.

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410P9 Door.

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Bunker escape.

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Square or semi circle escape designs.

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Some of the shutters still in place.

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Now we move north along the side of the road to the next position.
This one I believe is an L410 Flak emplacement for a 3.7cm gun..

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L410 emplacement.

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L410 elevation.

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L410 plan of the bunker underneath.

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Above the entrance into the Flak emplacement.

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Looking through the personnel entrance.

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Now looking through the main entrance that would have been closed off with either a concrete beam or heavy wood.
The round piece of concrete is the base for a gun to sit on.

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3.7cm Flak gun.

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Looking back at the two entrances. Just imagine coming through that entrance in a hurry with all your equipment and steel helmet. A bit tight.

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Hooks for securing a camouflage net.
Hooks made from continuing the steel reinforcing rods out of the concrete and bending them into a hook and attaching a camouflage net to go around the sides of the bunker to hide it from the air.

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Camouflage netting.

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Camouflage net strung-out.

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Reinforcement bars being tied together and their ends left for camouflage.

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The open emplacement.
Ready ammunition spaces around the walls and this bunker


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Telemetry range finder.

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The entrance to the L410 bunker crew rooms. Bit of a fight to get in.

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Entrance to the bunker. Most bunkers did not have rear outside doors but a steel gate.

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It may have had a 491P2 Gittertür

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L410 stairs down.
The niche for a possible light switch.

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Bunker light switch.

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Bu.No.2 bunker number.
The slot on the left is for a radio aerial. Field telephones were mostly used as they were static division but radios aerials could be fitted very easily.

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Bunker aerial in its slot.

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Field telephone.

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Passage Bu.No.2.

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4ML01 equalising vent to equalise the inner and outer pressure when an explosion is close by..

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4ML01 equalising vet

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Door way to large crew room.
The door was possibly a 19P7 light steel door with a rubber gas seal around it and a small glass window.

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19P7 door.

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Plan L410.

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Main crew room. Air pipes above the door to for ventilation.

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Plan.

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Main crew room. ---- The love nest.
It looks as though it was a bit of a meeting spot in the area?????

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Plan L410.

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The view around the main crew room.

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Plan.

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Door to the second smaller crew room with the escape hatch in the far wall.

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Plan.

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The escape in the wall.

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Plan.

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Plan of the escape.

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View into the escape tunnel.

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Drain for excess water.

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Sinkkasten.

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Sinkkasten plan.

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Plan of bunker drainage.

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The escape passage way.

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Officers room.

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Officers room.

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Ammunition magazine.

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Ammunition magazine.

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3.7cm shell cases.

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3.7cm ammunition magazine.

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The way out.

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Niche for a light switch.

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Light switch.

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Steps out of the bunker to the gun.

 

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200mm air vent on the side of the bunker. This is where the fresh air would be drawn into the bunker.

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The view out to Ra277 the island of Cézembre.
This site is sitting on the top of prominent hill with good 360deg views.

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In the undergrowth is at least one more Flak bunker (L403?) and maybe a couple more ammunition bunkers.

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L403.

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3.7cm Flak 18.

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You can see the three anti-aircraft positions set into the corners.

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Le Bois Pleurtuit ammunition storage.

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I have not visited this site but I have been told that several are still there.