StP Kermorvan. StP Re104 to Re119.

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28 October 2013

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StP Kermorvan. StP Re104 to Re119.

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Le Conquet, Western Brittany a small fishing port looking out into the wild Atlantik.

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The large deep water port of Brest was big 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.

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Position of bunkers on the point.

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StP Kermorvan. StP Re104 to Re119.

28 October 2013

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Le Conquet.

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StP Kermorvan.
Re104 nord est - 1 x R505. 1 x 3.7cm Pak 35/36.
Re105 nord est - 1 x R634. 1 x Unterstand. 1 x Vf58c.
Re106 nord ouest - 1 x R628. 1 x Vf58c. 1 x Stollen.
Re107 nord - 2 x R601. 2 x 7.5cm Pak 97(f).
Re108 nord - 1 x R648.
Re109 nord - 1 x Vf58c. 1 x Unterstand.
Re110 nord, fortin de L'llette - 1 x Casernment.
Re111 - 1 x R515. 1 x Vf58c.
Re112 ouest Werk 'Koln' - 2 x SK/Schartenstand. 2 x 7.5cm K.M.97(f). 1 x Stollen.
Re113 s-o - 1 x R505. 1 x unterstand. 1 x Vf58c. 1 x 3.7cm Pak 35/36.
Re114 sud - SK/MG Schartenstand. 1 x R628. 1 x Vf58c.
Re115 sud-est - 1 x R634. 1 x Vf58c.
Re116 est - 1 SK/Doppel M.G. Schartenstand. 1 x R635. 1 x Stollen.
Re117 centre - 1 x R621. 2 x Vf58c.
Re118 centre - 1 x 638.
Re119 centre - 1 x R628. 2 x Vf58c. 1 x Stollen.

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L'llette ancien fort Corps de Garde. .

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Corps de garde.

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28 October 2013

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The Route we Walked.

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StP Kermorvan held several Wn's Re104 to Re115. There were and are many defence structures some hard to find, most blocked off by gates to stop entry but a an interesting walk around on a very blustery wet day. There is plenty of history here not just WW2.

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03 December 2009

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Re115 The Isthmus to the Pointe

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A view from the bunkers covering the entrance. The weather was atrocious (it may not look it in some pictures, but it was).

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03 December 2009

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Re115 The Start of our Walk, Dull, Dark & Very Wet

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I have worked hard on this picture to brighten it up.

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03 December 2009

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Re115 Machine Gun Bunkers

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There were two machine-gun bunkers set into the hillside and covered the entrance to StP Kermorvan.

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03 December 2009

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Re115 Machine-gun Bunker, left hand.

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Very little can be seen now.

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The first two machine-gun emplacements, a Tobruk & then an R505.

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03 December 2009

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Re115 R635 Twin Group Bunker.

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Set behind the cover of a bank and two machine gun bunkers is an H635 twin group bunker for possibly 12 men. A periscope would be able to view 360degrees and allow the men inside a good view.

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Plan of an R635 twin group bunker, on the left a tobruk, gas lock and one crew room. On the right, gas lock with a small room for a periscope and another crew room.

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R635 twin group bunker.

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03 December 2009

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Re115 R635 Twin Group Bunker

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R635 bunkers had a strengthened forward apron for protection from that direction and two flanking walls covering the entrances.

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R635.

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03 December 2009

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Re115 R635 Twin Group Bunker.

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The entrances now blocked off.

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03 December 2009

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Re115 Tobruk Vf58c.

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Set on the north shoulder of the peninsular is this tobruk.

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03 December 2009

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Re115 Tobruk Vf58c.

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A very simple concrete bunker for one or two men. One on the gun and the other feeding the ammunition.

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Plan of Tobruk.

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03 December 2009

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Re104 a R505 PaK Casemate for 3,7cm with Armoured Plate.

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Set down in the rocks with access from the rear.

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R505 PaK Casemate.

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Inside a casemate.

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03 December 2009

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Re104 a R505 PaK Casemate for 3,7cm.

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Looking from the rear of the bunker at the entrance to allow a 3.7cm PaK A/T gun can get into the gun room.

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Plan an R505 casemate. The small room is for ammunition, the large room is for crew and the long thin room is the gas lock corridor with a periscope.

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Close combat window.

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03 December 2009

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Re104 a R505 PaK Casemate for 3,7cm.

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Gun room looking across the bay.

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The way in to the bunker.

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View into the gas lock.

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View into the gas lock from the gun room.

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03 December 2009

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Re104 a R505 PaK Casemate for 3,7cm Gun Room

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Very small gun room.

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485P2 Panzerscharten platte für 3,7cm Pak.

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A cut off bolt that would have held the plate in place and then cemented in.

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3.7cm Pak anti-tank gun.

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03 December 2009

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Re104 a R505 PaK Casemate for 3,7cm Field of Fire

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Not a very powerful gun but it would have done enough damage to a landing craft.

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Waiting game.

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03 December 2009

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Re105 the Path Continues with some Concrete

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There are trenches all over this peninsular.

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A trench cut into the rocks that lead to the Tobruk.

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03 December 2009

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Re106 a R628 Group Bunker.

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An R628 a group bunker, smaller version of an R635 like the earlier one we saw at the entrance to the peninsular.

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R638 group bunker.

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Steps down into the bunker.

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How it may look inside?

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03 December 2009

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Re111, 110, 109, 108, 107 & 106. Moving on.

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Continuing on, we missed an R634 a six embrasured turret

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R648 bunker with one single embrasure.

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Re628 group bunker.

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Four Tobruk's.

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03 December 2009

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Re106 Tobruk Vf58c.

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03 December 2009

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Re106 an R628 Group Bunker with Forward Apron.

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That man again photographing (with HIS Nikon) mine is a Canon.

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R628 group bunker with trenches in and out.

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Bunker telephone.

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03 December 2009

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Re106 an Integrated Tobruk on the side of this R628

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Trenches coming into the bunker entrance.

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03 December 2009

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Re106 trench cut into the Rock and Access to Bunker

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Trench cut in the rock.

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03 December 2009

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Re106 R628 Group Bunker Entrance.

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The entrance is now sealed up.

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Plan of an R628 a group bunker.

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03 December 2009

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Re107 an R601 Anti Tank Gun Bunker with a steel roof.

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There are a pair of theses bunkers on the neck of this part of the pointe.

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R601 plan with the gun garage on the left, main room for the gun crew & the smaller room for stores, ammunition underneath.

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03 December 2009

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Re107 an R601 Gun Garage.

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Three heavy '7P7' 10cm steel plates would have been bolted on to the top of the bunker as protection for the gun & crew.

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One of the long bolts that would have held the roof on.

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The two garages side by side.

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03 December 2009

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Re107 an R601 Gun Garage.

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The steel plate on the roof with crew quarters on the right and ammunition storage below.

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The niche in the end wall is for the gun barrel to fit in.

StP Kermorvan. StP Re104 to Re119.

03 December 2009

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03 December 2009

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Re111 Old Houses.

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These look like some very old dwellings, possibly fisherman's cottages.

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Breton Fishermen

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03 December 2009

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Re111 an R515 Machine Gun Casemate.

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Plan of an R515 machine gun casemate with forward apron.

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Inside a machine gun emplacement.

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03 December 2009

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Re111 R515 Casemate for a Machine Gun.

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Note the bolts still sticking out of the concrete.

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78P9 Pz Schartenplatte for a machine gun.

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Plan of an H515 casemate for a machine gun.

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On the plan is a red dot, its a periscope and this is what the commander of the bunker would use to search for targets.

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03 December 2009

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Re111 R515 Rear Entrance

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A trench would have lead into the rear door and connected it to other defence features.

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Periscope tube on the roof of the bunker.

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Gun room of an R515 in St Malo area.

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The view through the periscope.

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03 December 2009

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Re111 R515 Rear Entrance.

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Rear entrance, the three square holes are for the rear door fitting and the P shaped is where the aerial was fitted.

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A 729P3 door that may have been fitted here.

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03 December 2009

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Re111 R515 Gas Lock.

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Plan R515.

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The Periscope room.

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03 December 2009

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Re111 an R515 Machine Gun Casemate.

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Rear access to the R515 & a Vf58c Tobruk on the hill.

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03 December 2009

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Re111 Vf58c Tobruk & a Bunker Hunter in Red

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Imagine being a soldier ordered to do a 12 hour guard duty in this tobruk. On this day the wind was very cold & strong.

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03 December 2009

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Re111 View down to the R515

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Trench system and the R515.

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03 December 2009

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Re112 Pointe de Kermorvan

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06 December, 2009

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Re110 L'llette Fort

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Corps de Garde.

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06 December, 2009

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Re109 Tobruk & Re110 L'llette Fort.

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Inside a Tobruk.

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06 December, 2009

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Re110 L'llette Fort

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There was a machine-gun position on the island firing to the right as we look at it. We did not go out there, pity! 17th century, 18th century

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06 December, 2009

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Re107 Working our way Around the Coast Path.

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View across to the Plage des Blancs Sablon which has its own sets of bunkers both ends of the beach & two French forts.

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Ah! the rain coming in again.

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06 December, 2009

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Re107 Second H601.

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Home for a French 7.5cm Pak anti tank gun.

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The two H601 garages.

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They had a round area in front to fire the gun from.

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06 December, 2009

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Re107 R601 Entrance to the Crew Room & Tobruk.

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On this H601 the tobruk is on the right and left on the other one.

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A 7.5cm PAK 97/38(f) anti-tank gun.

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Plan of the bunker layout

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Anti tank gun bunker in action.

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06 December, 2009

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Re107 R601 Anti-tank Gun Bunker with Roof Canopy.

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The gun garage.

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Bolts cut to remove the 45Ton steel roof.

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Damage from a bullet. Its still in there. .

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Entrance into the crew room.

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06 December, 2009

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Re112 Pointe de Kermorvan

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I have no idea what this was but its in the path??

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06 December, 2009

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Re112 Pointe de Kermorvan "Werk Koln".

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We would have liked to have gone out to it but we did not.

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The Vauban fort was renamed as "Werk Koln" under the occupation and Re112.

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Corps de Garde.

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06 December, 2009

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Re112 Pointe de Kermorvan "Werk Koln".

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It looks heavily defended but there are only two SK casemates for 7.5cm K. M.97 (f) guns on the Pointe and they are joined by a tunnel and of course the French fort.
"SK" bunker = (Sonderkonstruction) Special construction.

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7.5cm K. M.97 (f) guns.

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06 December, 2009

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Re112 Pointe de Kermorvan SK Casemate Werk "Koln"

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A good view into the mouth of this bunker.

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An SK casemate for a 7.5cm (f) pivot gun.

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The French fort a Corpse de Garde, were built all around this and the Normandy coast all to what look like the same design.

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06 December, 2009

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Re112 Pointe Kermorvan. Phare de Kermorvan 1880.

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I believe the French coast has the most lighthouses than any other country.

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06 December, 2009

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Re112 Pointe de Kermorvan Werk "Koln".

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Re112 Pointe de Kermorvan "Werk Koln"..

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German iron reinforcement to the roadway.

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06 December, 2009

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Re112 Pointe de Kermorvan "Werk Koln".

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There is a tunnel between the two casemates.

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06 December, 2009

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The Port of Le Conquet.

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Although the weather was appalling and the wind strong the waves were not as spectacular as I had hoped.

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06 December, 2009

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Re113 Tobruk Vf58c.

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Ah that red coat again.

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Plan of a Tobruk.

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06 December, 2009

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Re113 Tobruk Vf58c.

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Looking down into the trench to the rear entry to the Vf58c.

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Inside a Tobruk.

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An entrance and ammunition storage area and then a squeeze up into the Tobruk its self.

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7.92 ammunition.

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06 December, 2009

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Re113 Path, Trench into an R628.

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Site of the R628.

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The trench to the bunker.

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A side trench to another location but very impassable now due to brambles.

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06 December, 2009

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Re113 R628 Group Bunker with Forward Apron.

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This H628 has an extended apron with the tobruk pulled further away probably to allow a better field of fire.

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Air vents at the front door.

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Air vents at the front door.

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06 December, 2009

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Re113 R628 Group Bunker with Forward Apron.

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Note the aerial slot on the left of the passage.

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A 434P01 door that was fitted here (see the four broken hinges in the door frame) and it looks as though there is another 434Po1 door still in place to the entrance into the crew room.

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R628 group bunker.

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06 December, 2009

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Re113 R628 Defence Tobruk.

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Looking up into the defence tobruk.

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Another view of the entrance to the defence tobruk.

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Steps or shelving in the Tobruk.

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06 December, 2009

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Re113 R504 for a 3.7cm Pak..

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A view across to the harbour above the R504.

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Plan of an R504 casemate.

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06 December, 2009

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StP Kermorvan. StP Re104 to Re119.

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The rear entrance, now blocked off.

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06 December, 2009

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Re113 H505 Casemate for 3,7cm PaK Gun.

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3.7cm crew in the open.

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R505 plan, rear entrance, close combat window,gas lock with periscope,crew room & ammunition room and gun room ,

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06 December, 2009

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Re113 H505 Casemate for 3,7cm PaK Gun.

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You can see here where the gun pivoted with the wheels running either side of the semi circle of concrete.

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How the gun may have looked.

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There was not a lot of room inside.

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485P2 Panzerscharten platte that was set into the front embrasure of the bunker and bolted on by six large bolts and concreted over.

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06 December, 2009

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StP Kermorvan. StP Re104 to Re119.

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Looking up from the path at a large flat open area which had/has an R638, 622, 628, 628, a Tobruk, an R69 mortar Tobruk, large barracks and two water reservoirs, etc.

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R638 small dressing station.

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Medics.