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Marine Artillerie Abteilung 4./264
1 x S487 Fire control post.
4 x SK/Gefechsstand, Geschützstellung. S215 large open emplacements with two ammunition stores.
1 x V229 radar socket for a Würzburg-Riese.
1 x R118b large dressing station (hospital).
3 x Fl242 standard emplacement for medium/light Flak.
2 x S231 ammunition depot.
2 x S381 ammunition depot.
4 x SK/Machinenstand (generator bunkers).
12 x SK/Marine (36 Mann bunker).
1 x SK/Marine (6 Mann bunker)
8 x Flakstellung.
10 x Vf58c Tobruk's.
2 x VF/MG Stand.
1 x 5cm KwK Ringstand.
1 x Gr.W mortar.
1 x Geschützstellung Lag, casemate for field gun.
1 x Feldm bunker.
3 x 34cm K.W.E. 674(f) railway guns. (340mm St-Chamond).
3 x 2cm Flak 28.
1 x 15mm Flak MG.151 Zw.
4 x 2cm Flak Vierl 38.
1 x 5cm KwK38.
8 x 7.5cm Flak M17/34(f).

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Ammunition handling.

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Railway gun.

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Plan of a breach block of a 30cm gun.

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StP Va300 Plouharnel M.K.B.Hella E.673 Area 4

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Square 4 showing where the Flak Nord defence was situated in large open emplacements with crew and ammunition below. There is also a large concrete wall, either a sand wall (I will explain later) or an artillery butts to fire into??.

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Flak.

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7.5cm Flak M17/34(f).

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Rangefinder.

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Carte IGN

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Lorient harbour was chosen by the Kriegsmarine as a large U-Boat base very early on after the area was captured in 1940. Work started on the pens and also a scheme to defend the pens from attack by an allied fleet. Large guns were placed on the Île de Groix and the Quiberon peninsular with smaller batteries laid out closer inland. These batteries were owned and run by he Kriegsmarine, the German Navy. Quiberon they decided was ideal for railway guns, super heavy weapons that could be moved around on large carriages. Four guns were procured, captured French 34cm guns and the German Navy had them placed on railway mountings. Quiberon has excellent railway links with the mainland and ultimately Germany and the site was cleared and four Bh 47 a M type emplacements (Geschützstellung) were built. Slightly redesigned from the original Bh 47 a M type with each having a direct railway siding to each position coming off the main line.

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Heavy batterie positions around Lorient U-boat pens.

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Rail links.

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S215 plan.

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34cm Mle 1912 L47 French railway gun.

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Breach block.

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Loading a shell.

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The German military map of the area.

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Marines.

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Geoportail 1952

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Area 4. This is the area of ‘Flak Nord’ I have numbered the positions to make it easier.
1 - Searchlight (destroyed post war).
2 - OB Flak
3 - Fl242 Flak emplacement.
4 - OB Flak.
5 - OB Flak (destroyed).
2 x Tobruk´s one an observation type.

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French Military boundary stone.

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I presume a sand loading wall. These were to allow sand to be removed from the beach and loaded onto trains to build defences and here maybe the Lorient U-Boat pens.

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Lorient U-Boat Pens.

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Sand wall loading bay at Gatteville.

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Horse drawn tipper trailer.

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Sand loading wall.

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Sand loading wall.

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Barbed wire on the grass, part of the wired defence and mine fields.

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Wire.

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Planting mines.

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Plan of the Flak Nord site. 1. was destroyed post war due either to artillery or bombing practice. The site may have been used as a training target.

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Fl424 Medium and Light Flak emplacement.

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Fl424 bunker.

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Fl424 elevation.

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The first emplacement I believe is a searchlight position.

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Plan.

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The sort of searchlight that may have been here 150mm.

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The first emplacement I believe is a searchlight position.

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150mm searchlight.

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No2 on the plan.
Flak emplacement for a French 7.5cm Flak gun.
7.5cm Flak M17/34(f).

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Plan.

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7.5cm Flak M17/34(f).

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No2 on the plan.

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7.5cm Flak M17/34(f).

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No2 on the plan.
The narrow entrance into the emplacement.

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No2 on the plan.
Note the hinge pin and the slight recess for a wooed door to close off the entrance.

Communications.

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Kriegsmarine Flak Gunners patch..

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No2 on the plan.
Floor of the Flak emplacement, no ready ammunition spaces around the gun, that is unusual in a Flak emplacement.

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No2 on the plan.
The view from above. No ready ammunition, no communications cable inlets?? more questions than answers.

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No3 on the plan.
Fl242 emplacement for medium and light Flak.
This is a proper Flak emplacement with ready ammunition spaces that can be seen around the outside wall and the larger square a crew communications space where communications cables would come in from a command post and relay height, wind, aircraft speed, etc.

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Plan.

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Fl424 Medium and Light Flak emplacement.

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Fl424 Medium and Light Flak emplacement.

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No3 on the plan.
Fl242 emplacement for medium and light Flak.

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Fl424 Medium and Light Flak emplacement.

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No3 on the plan.
Fl242 emplacement for medium and light Flak

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Fl242 plan, underneath is a two roomed bunker with an entrance and gas lock, a crew room and an ammunition room.

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Vf58c there are at least ten Tobruk's on the whole site and two here.

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Vf58c.

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Vf58c Tobruk crew room space.

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Plan.

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Vf58c Tobruk

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No4 on the plan.
Another Flak emplacement like No2 for a 7.5cm Flak M17/34(f)..

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Plan.

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No4 on the plan.
It looks as though extra concrete has been added to protect the seaward side of the emplacement. .

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Plan of an S487 Fire Control Post.

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7.5cm Flak M17/34(f)..

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No4 on the plan.

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Flak crews badge.

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Kriegsmarine Flak gunners patch.

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No4 on the plan.

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US B17's bombing Lorient.

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No4 on the plan.
There is another cutaway for a door to be fitted and the hinge is still in place.

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No5 on the plan.
This one was damaged either in the war or before 1950's when the first was destroyed.

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Plan.

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No5 on the plan.
Hold fast for the anti-aircraft gun.

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ranging.

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No5 on the plan.

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The second Vf58c Tobruk.

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434P01.

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434P01.

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Marine looking at a map.

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The second Vf58c Tobruk.
This one is modified so that it can be used as an observation post whilst the second crew man can fire his machine gun.

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Vf58c observation .

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The second Vf58c Tobruk.
This one is modified so that it can be used as an observation post whilst the second crew man can fire his machine gun.

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Va05 R667

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Va05
1 x R667 casemate.
2 x Vf2a bunkers.
4 x Tobruk´s.
1 x Observatory.
1 x 5cm KwK L/60.

Va05 is the blue square on the plan. Green is the Flack site.

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R667 casemate.

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5cm KwK L/60.

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5cm KwK L/60 inside an R667 casemate.