Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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16 October 2013

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Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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The large deep water port of Brest was large enough to receive battle ships like the Tirpitz. Also a U-boat pen was constructed inside the harbour. That meant that the whole area around the entrance to the Rade de Brest had to be defended. After the attack on the lock gate at St Nazaire the defence was again increased. Pointe St Mathieu is the site of the Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre and Wn Re137.

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Brest U-boat pens.

Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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Abbaye Sainte-Mathieu.

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Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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16 October 2013

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Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.
1 x Machinenbunker.
1 x Fu.MG Stand.
1 x Fu.MG Seetakt Gema ('Calais 7').
1./3. Funkmess Abteilung.

Part of: - Wn305.
2 x sk/Searchlight garage bunkers.
1 x M182 searchlight bunker.

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We parked in the car park at the Abbey and walked the Abbey & the Vauban fort and a small battery of French guns red arrows. Then we walked yellow arrows along the coast path. At the blue circle we found a French emplacement, yellow square a bunker & an ancient lookout and the red square a searchlight and its garage bunker at Wn Re307.

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Seetakt Fu. MO. 2.

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Seetakt Fu MO 2.

Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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25 November 2009

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Lighthouse and Abbey.

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The 56meter lighthouse built in 1835 and the Abbey church was built from 1157 to 1208. (It was burnt down by the English in 1558). Those English get around.

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25 November 2009

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Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre.

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The arms of Du Chastel.

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The Kerston.

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25 November 2009

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Pointe St Mathieu Lighthouse & Semaphore.

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The semaphore (far tower) was built in 1905 to watch the entrance to Brest and may have had the Seetakt radar placed on the top. So far I cannot find any information about its whereabouts..

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Battery & Fort.

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Fort.

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25 November 2009

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French Guns.

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This type of gun was used all around the coast of France and we often find the holdfast fittings at many coastal places.

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9.5cm guns canon de cote de 95 M 93.

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9.5cm guns canon de cote de 95 M 93

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Bases of larger guns.

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25 November 2009

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Second French Batterie.

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A gun emplacement holdfast.

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Now following the yellow arrows. Blue circle is the site of this French batterie.

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25 November 2009

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Second French Batterie.

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After a brisk walk we came upon this gun holdfast and as there are no other works around here we presumed it to be a one gun battery position of WW1 era?

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A French 13cm gun that was common around heavy batteries and may have been here?

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The sort of gun it may have been being used by the Germans.

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Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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25 November 2009

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Bunker, Lookout & Searchlight.

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We did not find any radars.

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Continuing along the coast path. yellow square on map.

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25 November 2009

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Bad Weather Getting Worse

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It was very cold and wet.

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Even the Cauliflowers are growing at a 45deg angle to the wind.

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25 November 2009

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Pointe St Mathieu & SK Garage Bunker

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V 256 (energy bunker for the radar) this could be the power generating bunker for a radar.

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A plan of the bunker at StP Kerlohic an SK or a (V256) for radar Fu.M.O.51 Mammut Gustav.

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This is a Frieburg 11 not that dissimilar to a Fu.M.O.51 Mammut - Gustav.

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Generator.

Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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25 November 2009

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Observation Escape/Hatch or it may be the base of a FuMO 51 radar.

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Tank or ships type hatch? well that is what we thought but it looks like it is the base of a radar.

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Hatch.

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Grill or air vent chimney.

Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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25 November 2009

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Search Light Garage Bunker

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Behind the bunker is a French 18/19th cent. guard lookout?

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They are at it again.

Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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25 November 2009

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Search Light Garage Bunker View from the Sea.

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V 256 (energy bunker for the radar) this could be the power generating bunker for a radar.

Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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25 November 2009

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Search Light Garage Bunker

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V 256 (energy bunker for the radar) made from Formstein (breeze block shuttering, filled with concrete).

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Site plan.

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25 November 2009

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Garage.

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Three doors to the left, first for access to the foot entrance, second to the crew room and third the fuel store room. The square hole in the end wall is the breather chimney and escape tunnel. A generator may have sat in front of the chimney/escape mounted on the floor.

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This is a Frieburg 11 not that dissimilar to a Fu.M.O.51 Mammut - Gustav.

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Generator of the type that may have been used here.

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25 November 2009

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Note the Air Vents.

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Three large air pipes and a single door, a 19P7 type door was fitted here.

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19p7 door would have fitted here.

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A plan of an SK search light garage bunker.  

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25 November 2009

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Passage Way Out.

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Three large air pipes and a single door, a 19P7 type door was fitted here.

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Way out with aerial slots on both sides of the door & also the camouflage still to be seen painted on the wall.  

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25 November 2009

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Crew Room.

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The metal fittings of the anti-gas filter still on the wall next to the close combat window.

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Close combat window. Left : close combat window & air filter for anti-gas filtration. Right : inside of the close combat embrasure.

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Anti-gas filters.

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25 November 2009

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Crew Room.

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This is the rest of the crew room.

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Plan.

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25 November 2009

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Chimney air vent/Escape

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Plan of how the generator may have been set up in this room.

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Cupola escape & air vent/chimney.

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25 November 2009

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Garage Looking Out.

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Looking at the garage with the door to the crew room & foot entrance. The vent in the door of the crew room is an equalizer vent.

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Equalizing valve.

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Damage to the walls may have been caused by an internal explosion after it was captured.

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Door fittings.

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25 November 2009

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SK Searchlight Bunker

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V 256 (energy bunker for the radar)

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Tobruk, note the hooks to hold a camouflage net.

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Camouflage netting.

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Site plan.

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25 November 2009

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Early French Lookout or a Freya radar.

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Freya early warning radar.

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Openings in the wall use lintels made of concrete.

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Freya radar..

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Plan.

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25 November 2009

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Field Bunker.

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Walking the coast path this is the first fortification of Re305 a field type bunker. There is supposed to be a V256 and I have no idea what one looks like yet?

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The walking route.

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25 November 2009

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M182 Emplacement for a 150cm Searchlight

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In the distance is an M182 searchlight emplacement looking out over the cliffs, These searchlights, three of them in this area would have been working with the local batteries of 'Holtzendorf ' and the large gun battery 'Graff Von Spee'.

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We are now coming up to the red square.

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25 November 2009

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M182 Emplacement for a 150cm Searchlight.

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M182 searchlight emplacement.

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Left & Right are plans of the M182 searchlight emplacement.

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Searchlight.

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25 November 2009

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Peep oh!

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25 November 2009

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M182 Emplacement for a 150cm Searchlight.

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25 November 2009

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M182 Emplacement for a 150cm Searchlight

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View through the emplacement from the back.

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25 November 2009

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Searchlight Emplacement & Garage.

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In the undergrowth is an Sk searchlight garage we could not get down there to look inside.

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The searchlight bunkers Tobruk.

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Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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25 November 2009

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The Air Vent/Escape.

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In the distance is an M182 searchlight emplacement looking out over the cliffs, These searchlights, three of them in this area would have been working with the local batteries of Holtzendorf and the large gun battery Graff Von Spee.

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Re137, Pointe St Mathieu.

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25 November 2009

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Looking Down the Air Vent/Escape.

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Note the steel ladder rungs have all been cut off.

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Vent.

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25 November 2009

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The next landfall is the Americas.