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17 October 2013

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Re305 Les Respects, AA Batterie 'Arnika'

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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.

R305 MKB 'Von Holtzendorf', Battery 'Arnika' is one of the two anti-aircraft batteries covering this area.

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U-boat Pens.

Re305 Les Respects, AA Batterie 'Arnika' image

17 October 2013

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Re305 Les Respects, AA Batterie 'Arnika'

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3 x 7.5cm Flak M22-24.
3 x Fl243b open emplacements.

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7.5cm Flak M22-24.

Re305 Les Respects, AA Batterie 'Arnika' image

17 October 2013

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Re305 Les Respects, Batterie 'Arnika'

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We parked in the car park at the Abbey at Pointe St Mathieu and walked the coast path. The red square is the 150cm searchlight. Then we crossed the fields to the flak Batterie Arnika. A three gun batterie of 7.5cm Flak M22-24(f) blue circle.

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Re305 Les Respects, AA Batterie 'Arnika' image

17 October 2013

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Three Open Emplacements and their attendant Fire Control Post..

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Three Fl243b open emplacements.

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Fl243a, 'a' or 'b' that is the question?

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Brest being bombed.

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RAF Halifax bombing Brest.

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25 November 2009

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Three Open Emplacements No1.

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This battery was here to protect the guns & radar that are all around this area.

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Plan.

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Re305 Les Respects, AA Batterie 'Arnika' image

25 November 2009

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Three Open Emplacements No.1.

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7.5cm Flak M36(f) the ones here were 7.5cm Flak M22-24 and may have looked the same.

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Ammunition.

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25 November 2009

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Three Open Emplacements No.2.

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The same picture as the main one but taken in 1944.

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Battery.

Re305 Les Respects, AA Batterie 'Arnika' image

25 November 2009

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Three Open Emplacements No.2.

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A bit of a direct hit.

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More damage, it may have been done when US Rangers attacked through this area?

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Re305 Les Respects, AA Batterie 'Arnika' image

25 November 2009

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Three Open Emplacements No.2.

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Several flak open emplacements have an embrasure for ground defence, they seem to all face to the front of the emplacement??

An embrasure on a flak site in southern Brittany.

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25 November 2009

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Vf AA Fire Control Post.

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Plan with ready ammunition storage around the sides.

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Re305 Les Respects, AA Batterie 'Arnika' image

25 November 2009

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Vf AA Fire Control Post.

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Now its full of undergrowth.

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An Fl304 fire control post for a heavy AA battery this is how it may have looked?

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