StP Berck Fourche H.K.B.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B.

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Batterie 6./H.K.A.R. 1245.
3 x 689 casemates.
1 x SK/Machinen.
1 x Zisterne.
3 x 17cm K18.

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17cm K18.

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17cm K18.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B.

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We tried to find the bunkers but the weather was rather wet and getting dark, so far its a battery position we have not visited.

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17cm KANONE 18.

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A 17cm K 18 in action. A Krupps-designed gun, it could fire a 68kg (150lb) shell to a maximum range of 28,000 meters (30,520yd) and had a dual recoil mechanism.
The German 17 cm Kanone 18 heavy howitzers (17 cm K 18 for short), built by Krupp and Hannoversche Maschinenbau, were heavy corps-level guns. In the field, they delivered great damage, but they also had a great disadvantage of requiring a long period of time to tear down for transport, thus during the latter part of the war many of the K 18 crews sabotaged their own guns in the face of advancing Allied and Soviet forces to prevent capture; many examples were indeed captured.(Source: Wikipedia) The gun would have been towed by a half-track prime mover.

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Some information here

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SdKfz prime mover/gun tractor with a 15cm gun.

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SdKfz prime mover/gun tractor with a 15cm gun.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B.

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Three R689 casemates.

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R689 elevation.

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R689 plan.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B.

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This picture was taken by British investigators soon after the area was captured.
The narrow gauge railway looks as though it was used in the building of the casemates.

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Bunker under construction.

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Narrow gauge cement or rubble trucks.

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Pouring cement.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B.

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Front view showing the camouflage net but no gun in place and its possible that the guns were not yet installed.

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Two ammunition niches behind the gun room.

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StP Berck Fourche H.K.B.

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Closer look at the embrasure.

Thank you Pete for the pictures.

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17cm K18 gun.

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