Re305, Les Respects Fire Control Post(f)

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18 October 2013

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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 uses the French fire control post (PDT).

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U-boat pens at Brest.

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18 October 2013

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Re305, Les Respects Fire Control Post(f)

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We are now at the yellow square where an older French fire control post is located, it directed a battery of the original fortress guns, four 16.47cm set in concrete open emplacements.

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25 November 2009

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Built up on a mound of earth to look over the pre-war French battery of 4 x 16.47 cm Mle 1893/1896 guns.

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SUFFREN 12,700t, 18 knots, had 10-16.47cm guns, launched 1899. Gives an idea what they may have looked like.

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25 November 2009

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Side view of the FCP.

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25 November 2009

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Front is the Poste de Télémétrie

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You can see the rear door.

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The rear entrance into the range finding room.

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French Poste de Télémétrie.

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25 November 2009

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Range Finder Room Poste de Télémétrie.

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He is always in the photo.

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Range finder, director the type of equipment that may have been used when originally built.

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French military boundary stone.

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25 November 2009

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Range Finder Room Poste de Télémétrie.

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It just shows how small these rooms are.

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25 November 2009

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Range Finder Room Poste de Télémétrie.

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Looking at the rear of the room and the door out.

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Wall with holes where some form of fittings would have been

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German bunker wiring.

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25 November 2009

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French Lynx.

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French Navy.

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25 November 2009

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Range Finder Room Poste de Télémétrie.

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The view that would have been out to sea when the original French & also the earlier German open emplacements of four 16.47cm guns, but for the later replaced by four 15cm S.K.C/28 guns casemated into an earth bank and a new FCP in front, which I am not sure if it was built??

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25 November 2009

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Fire Control Steel Roof.

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Fire Control Room.

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The fire control room is the upper aperture.

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View from the Range Finder Room

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The four arrow show the positions of the four niche's?

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The Four Niche's

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They look like Tobruk's without the machine gun emplacement.

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Niche.

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Niche.

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Niche.

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25 November 2009

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Road to the batterie

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There seems to be a problem ahead!

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25 November 2009

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MKB Von Holtzendorf.

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The first casemate showing up.

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25 November 2009

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MKB Von Holtzendorf.

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Plan of the area and also a mark in the earth where an M145 ammunition depot was/is sited. It may have been removed.

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Plan.

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M145 ammunition depot.

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Inside an M145 showing the size of the rooms.