StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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StP Ruine.

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Part 1 a battery of four 10cm le.F.H.14/19(t) guns in R669 casemates and accommodation tunnels.
Part 2 several large bunkers.

This is Part 2.

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10cm le.F.H.14/19(t) guns.

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R669 casemates.

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StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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StP Ruine.

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StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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Looking up the hill.

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Moving on from Part 1 looking up the hill towards an Abri and an R119 Bunker.

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Plan.

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Along the hedge row.

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Screw pickets still holding the barbed wire fence up.

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Barbed wire entanglement.

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Rubble and bits.

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Plan

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Abri remains.

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Abri.

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Side walls have all gone just the end walls remain and roof remain.

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More bits and pieces and the odd railway line.

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Another view of the Abri.

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The view over the hill.

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Somewhere here was/is a tunnel leading from around here under the hill to a Tobruk lookout on the other side of the hill.

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The red line is the tunnel.

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Plan of the tunnel leading to a Tobruk.

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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R119 Battery Commanders Bunker.

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On the top of the battery commanders bunker.

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StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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R119Battery Commanders Bunker.

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Another view over the top looking towards the Tobruk.

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This version has a Tobruk added.

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Tobruk.

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Tobruk machine gun.

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Camouflage.

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Close combat window covering the rear entrances.

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A gunner would stand inside covering the entrances with a machine gun.

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Plan of the R119.

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Close combat embrasure.

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Note the pathway laid along the side of the bunker.

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Steps up to the attached Tobruk.

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As a bunker the R119's plan does not have a Tobruk. But here a Tobruk was added.

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Plan of the R119.

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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Inside the Tobruk.

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Sprachrohr-mouthpeice speaking tube connecting the Tobruk with another inside the bunker.

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Sprachrohr-mouthpeice.

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The steps back to the two entrances.

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The right hand side entrance.

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491p Gittertür - gate.

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491p Gittertür.

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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Heading into the bunker entrance.

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The square hole is the close combat embrasure with a machine gun protecting it. The oval hole I think was a defensive tube so a grenade could be rolled down it to kill an attackers?
The door is a 434P01 heavy steel door.

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Plan of the R119.

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434P01 door

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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Looking through to the second entrance.

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Plan of the R119.

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Radio aerial fitting.

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Radios were actually in short supply by early 1944 so many bunkers did not have aerials in place. They used their underground telephone cables.

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Aerial plan.

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Gas lock entrance.

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Plan of the R119.

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Crew room.

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As this was a Battery Commanders Bunker I don't think this is a living and sleeping room?

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Plan of the R119.

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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Crew room looking in to: -
Close combat room covering the second entrance.
Store.
Observation - periscope room.

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Plan of the R119.

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Filtration and close combat room.

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Plan of the R119.

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Gaz danger connection with stucco Herous take space filter insert.

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Well thats a bad translation.

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Plan of the R119.

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Anti gas filter pump.

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Anti gas filters.

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Store room.

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The door looks to be a thin steel door and a small frame.

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Plan of the R119.

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19P7 door which may have been used here.

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Stores.

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Observation/periscope room.

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Here through the periscope you would be able to see 360degrees around the top of the bunker and could see as far as the sea.

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The view they could see.

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Periscope in action.

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This is a blanking plug.

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The idea of this plug is to keep the periscope tube clear from debris. I think there was no periscope ever in here though but it was ready for one..

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Plan of the R119.

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Periscope outside on the roof would have looked like.

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Inside the periscope room.

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Looking towards the door a 434P01 a double door with four hinges and heavy steel plates.

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Plan of the R119.

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434P01 door.

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434P01 door.

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Work room.

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I think this was the work room as it has the crew room straight in front, to the right may be a computing room and behind the commanders and wireless room. The heart of the bunker.

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Plan of the R119.

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Work room.

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Just showing the detail of this part of the room.
Überdruckventil - Pressure relief valve.

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Überdruckventil - Pressure relief valve.

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This could be a the chart room.

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Plan of the R119.

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Chart room.

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Nice drain in the centre, you do not normally see drains in several rooms of a bunker, most are only in the gas lock of the bunker.

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Plan of the R119.

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Plan of a sinkkasten.

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A metal plate cover with a zinc pot to collect the water.

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Chart room.

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A 26P8 sliding armoured door to the communications room.

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Plan of the R119.

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26P8 sliding door.

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Communications room.

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Walls covered in asbestos sheets with a drain in the centre. On the right side is the cable inlets

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Plan of the R119.

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Telephone communications.

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Communications cables.

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Plan of the R119.

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One of the floors..

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Thermoplastic tiles on the floor and part of the clean filtered air pipes.

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Communications room.

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The small square holes in the walls are to pass paper messages through from one office to another.

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Looking at the plan you can see several of these slots in the walls.

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Wireless room, Funkraum.

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Through the square on the left wall is the commanders room and the door in front to the main close combat room.

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Plan of the R119.

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Funkraum.

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Bunker phone.

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Passage between the Funkraum and the close combat room.

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Plan of the R119.

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Close combat room.

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This room had a machine gun covering the rear entrances to the bunker.

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Plan of the R119.

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Close combat with the sliding steel shutter closed off.

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View through the close combat embrasure.

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As can be seen this covers both the rear doors and the Tobruk rear entrance.

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Plan of the R119.

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This is the Close Combat Embrasure covering the entrance..

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A 483P2 embrasure.

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Plan of the R119.

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Often this room was used as a store room, in an R119 the close combat room is very large.

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A 422P01 type close combat embrasure.

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This one is covering the main entrance from the crew room.

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Plan of the R119.

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A 422P01.

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Looking along the gas lock.

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This is the passage with an entrance at both ends.

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Plan of the R119.

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Way out.

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The hinge for a Gittertür gate. The niche could be for a communicating speaking tube.

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Plan of the R119.

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Gate on a bunker.

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Sprachrohr-mouthpeice.

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Red arrow - the site of the R119 bunker.
Yellow arrow - the tunnel.

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Red arrow - the site of the R119.
Yellow arrow - the tunnel and Tobruk lookout.

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The white line looks like the trace of the tunnel.

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These were cut and cover. A trench is dug and then a roof placed over it and then covered in earth.

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something here

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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Screw pickets in the hedgerow.

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A WW1 screw picket.

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something here

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A WW1 French screw picket upside down. The screw is now broken in half.

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R658, Abri & a cistern.

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I think this maybe the site of an R658 water cistern. It may have been remove.

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Plan.

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R658 water supply bunker. There was a pump on the left and a water reservoir on the right.

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A water reservoir at Wn17 'Hillman' Colleville-su-Orne.

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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5cm KWK field position.

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This looks as though it was the site of a 5cm KwK gun in a field position. Usually these guns are in ringstands or R667 casemates.

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Plan.

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5cm KwK gun in a field position.

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The foundations of a 5cm KwK gun in a field position.

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Now back across the track and out onto the hill side.

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The views are very extensive over the countryside.

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This is the hill side viewed from across the valley.

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You can see the spoil heaps of earth from when the bunkers were being built. There seems to be more excavating than actual bunkers so more may have been planned.

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StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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The next set of bunkers an : -

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1 x R609 battalion & regimental headquarters.
2 x R622 twin group bunker.
1 x R119 battery commanders bunker.
These are all there but hard to access.
There may be another R622 around here somewhere?

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StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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R609 Battalion and Regimental head quarters.

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This is a large double bunker with (clockwise) : -
Top - Commander,Adjutant, Comms, Chart, Funk, Work, with two gas locks & two close combats.
Bottom - Non Comms, Crew, Officers, toilets, showers, fuel, heading?, ventilation.

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R609 bottom.

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R609 top.

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Top - Work room or operations room.

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Bottom - Crew quarters.

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R609 Battalion and Regimental head quarters.

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Tobruk defence and there was a periscope which would look all over the valley below.

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R609 the second entrance.

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Plan R609.

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R609 the second entrance.

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Note the slots for radio (funk) aerials and it looks as though they were not fitted.

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Plan R609.

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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R609

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The spoil heap's spilled out over the slope.

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Spoil heaps.

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Railway line.

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I think there was a narrow gauge railway that climbed up the hill side to this bunker as from an air photo there looks to be the remains of a line.

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Small local narrow gauge railway.

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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I believe its a periscope tube.

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The periscope fits inside it.

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A different type of periscope fitting.

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Bunker periscope inside.

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A view to the beach.

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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R119 Battery Commanders bunker.

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This is the same inside as the R119 we visited earlier. We did not even try and enter as it was very overgrown.
The entrance on the left is a cut and cover tunnel which attaches this bunker to the R622 some way behind.

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The R119 on the left and the R622 on the right connected by a cut and cover trench.

StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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R119 the first entrance and close combat embrasure.

 

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Plan R119.

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R119

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Another view down to the second entrance.

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Plan R119.

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StP Ruin, Mont de Neufchâtel, Pas-De-Calais. PART 2

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The spoil heaps of earth in front.

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Yellow square - spoil heap of the R119.
Red square - the two water reservoirs.

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The woodland where the trench runs.

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Tunnel.

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R622 twin group shelter.

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A 622 twin group shelter is what it says a shelter for two groups of ten men. These could have been the defence troops for the head quarters.

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Plan of an R622 twin group shelter.

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Almost one group.

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The other end of the tunnel.

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The tunnel.

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R622.

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Food from a field kitchen.

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R622 number 2.

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The second R622 sitting out in the open.

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R622 plan.

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R622.

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All that you can see now.

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The walk back.

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