StP Kerlohic Re57/58/120-123.

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22 October 2013

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StP Kerlohic Re57/58/120-123.

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. Kermorvan was the start of the northern defence of the port of Brest and StP Kerlohic is the next one.

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Brest U-boat pens.

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Brest U-boat pens.

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StP Kerlohic Re57/58/120-123.

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StP Kerlohic covers several Wn's Re57/58/120/121-
123. As the conditions on the day we visited was so bad all we covered is the Ponte but there are many more bunkers to be found.

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StP Kerlohic Pointe des Renards.
Re57 Pointe des Renards.
1 x SK/Doppelschartenstand.
1 x 5cm KwK.
1 x Vf/MG.
1 x Unterstand.
Re58 Pointe des Renards sud.
3 x Flakstellung.
1 x Munitionstand.
1 x 2cm Flak 28.
2 x 3.7cm S.K.C/30.

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3.7cm S.K.C/30.

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2cm Flak 28

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3.7cm A/T gun.

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22 October 2013

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Plan of Pointe des Renards.
StP Kerlohic Re57/58/120-123.

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This is a plan of the area we covered. First an R601 a garage for an anti-tank gun. The second like an R601 but an SK bunker (Sonderkonstruction [Special construction]) garage for a search light. At the pointe a double KwK Vf ( "Vf" bunker = [verstärkt Feldmässig]).

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3.7cm Pak 35/36.

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Vf58c Tobruk.

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R634 6 embrasured turret bunker.

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25 November 2009

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R601 Anti Tank Gun Bunker with Steel Roof Canopy.

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The gun would not fire in the garage bunker but would be drawn out to a firing platform close to the bunker.

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R601 plan.

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Plan of inside the garage.

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Left: is the garage, right top: crew room and bottom: ammunition.

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25 November 2009

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R601 Anti Tank Gun Bunker with Steel Roof Canopy.

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Garage entrance.

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The gun would not fire in the garage bunker but would be drawn out to a firing platform close to the bunker.

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A 2cm Pak being pulled into its garage.

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25 November 2009

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R601 Anti Tank Gun Bunker with Steel Roof Canopy.

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Looking at the three 7P7 10cm plates all exactly the same with a total of 45tons and covered with concrete.

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The man hole & cover, access to the ammunition space.

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One of the six bolts used to hold the roof but looks as though the two forward ones were never bolted up.

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The square hole in at the end is for the gun barrel to fit in.

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25 November 2009

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Dr Strangelove & his Side Kick

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This is an SK searchlight garage bunker.

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Dr Strangelove & his side kick walking into their underground bunker HQ's.

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Garage, crew quarters & fuel store.

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25 November 2009

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SK Garage for Searchlight.

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The rear personnel door.

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Cable inlets to the bunker to the left of the garage door.

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Cable inlets to the bunker to the left of the garage door.

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25 November 2009

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SK Garage for Search Light

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The main garage. Note the square escape & air outlet in the garage rear wall.

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Vent and escape tunnel.

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Fittings on the wall & I think the top left one was the exhaust pipe outlet?

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Chimney and escape hatch.

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25 November 2009

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SK Garage for Searchlight.

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434PO1 door from the garage to the tobruk & foot entrance.

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434PO1 Door.

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Large vents by the garage door.

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25 November 2009

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Foot Entrance.

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The foot entrance into the garage with aerial fittings either side and the close combat window type 505.

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SK Garage for Searchlight.

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Crew room with the 505 close combat.

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Close combat defence.

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SK Garage for Search Light

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Lots of internal fittings.

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Floor tiles to soften the effects of gunfire on feet & legs of the crew.

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A 4MLO1qualising vent for air pressure.

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25 November 2009

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Fuel Store for the Generator

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Shelving at the end.

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Petrol cans.

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Generator.

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Internal fittings.

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25 November 2009

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Tobruk on the opposite side to the searchlight garage.

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An R505 is also here somewhere at Re120 a casemate for a 3.7cm anti-tank gun.

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Tobruk.

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R505 casemate for anti-tank gun.

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25 November 2009

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Pointe des Renards.

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R634 six embrasure turret, there is one still here somewhere with its 20P7 turret for a MG34 machine gun. We did not find it though.

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R634 Six embrasure turret bunker.

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Pointe des Renards.

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25 November 2009

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A Vf Double Gun Bunker.

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Two suns in H667 casemates adjusted to local needs possibly to take the two 3.7cm S.K.C/30 A/T guns . Vf (verstärkt Feldmässig).

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Rough plan of how I think the bunkers are laid out.

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3.7cm S.K.C/30.

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25 November 2009

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A Vf Double Gun Bunker Northern Casemate.

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View into the gun room.

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Gun & crew.

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25 November 2009

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A Vf Double Gun Bunker Northern Casemate.

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A closer look at the embrasure with a heavy steel lintel & a stepped in embrasure, probably would have had wood shuttering left in place to help with the slowing down of shrapnel & bullets hitting the concrete.

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View of where the gun covered.

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A Vf Double Gun Bunker Northern Casemate Gun Room.

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Very pretty.

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25 November 2009

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Kermorvan, Le Conquet & Renards.

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Nice view on a nice day.

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A 5cm A/T gun would just cover the area in front of us with 4.5cm guns on the other side at StP Kermorvan.

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25 November 2009

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Entrances into the two Bunkers.

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A sunken entrance into the bunkers with two doors now bricked up.

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Pointe des Renards.

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The view back over the bunker.

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25 November 2009

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A Vf Double Gun Bunker Southern Casemate

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Slightly different from the other side.

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A Vf Double KwK gun Bunker Southern Casemate Gun Room.

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This gun room looks slightly bigger, possibly for the ammunition?

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25 November 2009

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Pointe des Renards

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The pointe was a platform for cannon to cover the small port of Le Conquet from the dastardly English I expect.

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a French military bollard boundary stone.

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French cannon.

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A ship of the line.

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25 November 2009

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View towards Pointe St Mathieu & Re137

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