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H.K.A.A1253.
1 x R636a command post.
1 x R610 RQ.
2 x R635 twin group bunker.
2 x V165 Luftwaffe.
1 x R607 Ammunition.
2+2 x R679 casemates.
3 x 2cm Flak.
6 x 15.5cmK.420(f) guns.
2 x FMG 40 G (gB) Calais B.
Luftwaffe Station
3 x Agregät Bunker (generator).
2 x V165.

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R610

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R635

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2cm Flak 30.

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Fécamp North east of Le Havre, another cleft in the cliff which was cut through by the river Valmont and later a port was created to accommodate a large fishing fleet.

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We drove to the top of the hill with plenty of parking by the church and walked around the cliffs.
Fe03 is from the cliff edge, amongst the first three wind turbines to the D79 road.

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Luftwaffe Station
H.K.A.A1253. An artillery position of six open emplacements gradually being replaced by R679 casemates of which two were finished. Several ammunition, personnel and Command post on the cliff.

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R610 Battle HQ for H.K.A.A1253.

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R636a Command post for an Army coastal batterie.

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R679 Casemate for a 120° pivot mounted gun.

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It was so windy I had trouble taking some of these photos.

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155cm type ringstand.

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R635 Twin group bunker with forward apron.

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R607 Ammunition bunker II type.

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A radar building in the background and several Eisenpfahel barbed wire posts still in place.

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Eisenpfahel [iron stake].

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Eisenpfahel [iron stake].

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Eisenpfahel [iron stake].

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Mines.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp Radar Radar emplacement

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2 x FMG 40 G (gB) Calais B. I believe this is the type of radars here

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Calais type radar.

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Luftwaffe officers.

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Radar screen.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp Radar emplacement

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The radar would sit inside a square wall and the radar could be raised or lowered above the protected wall to see Allied ships out at sea and then send the information to the R636a command post and then the batterie of guns would then fire on the ships. A friend who was a 17year old sailor used to go out at night to annoy the radars and get shot at. A Wellington bomber was flying over and packed with electronics. They pinpointed the radars and got to know what types and their output. When D-Day dawned these radars were either destroyed by Allied aircraft or left working so decay planes and ship could make themselves look like a landing force miss informing where D-Day was to be. Go to Allied Counter Measures 5/6th June 1944

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How the radars may have looked.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp R636a Command post for a coastal batterie.

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Before radars the Fire Control Post searched the horizon for an enemy, the information was sent down into the computing room and then details would be sent via field telephone to the guns. Then radars came in and they could see an enemy further than the eye could see. The information again would come in to the computing room and re sent out to the guns allowing them more time to prepare and fire.

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Plan R636a Command post for a coastal batterie.
Top --- Officers,Wireless, Store.
Middle - Observation, Computing.
Bottom - Crew, Close combat.

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Elevation R636a Command post for a coastal batterie.
Roof - Range finder.

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Range finder on the roof.

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Nice view from the side.

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Elevation R636a Command post for a coastal batterie.
Roof - Range finder.

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Observation room with a view.

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Observation. The slots in the concrete were for wooden blocks for the fitting of windows.

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Observation far side.

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Rear entrance and trenches and way up to the roof.

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Close combat defence covering the entrance.

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Close combat embrasure.

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Behind the command post is a sort of office.

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From above.

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Plan.

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Inside the office.

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Plan.

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The entrance into the CP with a close combat embrasure covering the way in.

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Plan.

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The entrance.

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Plan.

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Entrance and close combat defence room.

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Plan.

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Close combat defence room embrasure covering the entrance.

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Close combat machine gun.

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Plan.

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Passageway.

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Plan.

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434p01 type door that would have been here.

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Crew room.

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Plan crew room.

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Rest.

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Crew.

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Crew room..

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Plan,

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Crew room details, the small recess in the wall is a light switch, something I never noticed on my visit.
There was also some other fitting coming down the wall??

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The light switch.

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A light switch.

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Funk (radio) room.

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More funk.

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Crew room escape tunnel.

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Plan of the emergency escape.

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There would have been shutters in the recesses at the far end.

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An escape with its 410P9 door.

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Computing room. All information would have come here and be then sent to its own batterie and any other guns needed for the shoot.

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Operations room.

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The view out of the observation room.

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Now looking at the back wall of the observation room.

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Where fittings were placed on the wall. The E shape is just something that was fitted to the wall and painted around it and the recess is the close combat defence window covering the back door.

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Plan.

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Communications room showing fittings on the wall.

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Red dot ----- Officers room.
Yellow dot - Wireless room.
Green dot -- Communications.

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Red dot ----- Officers room.

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Plan.

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Way out.

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Way up to the rangefinder space and there were steel rungs set into the concrete and now cut off. Spoil sports.

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Steel ladder rungs.

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Rangefinder space.

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Rangefinder.

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Observation and machine gun ringstand.

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This is where the escape hatch leads out.

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Plan of an escape.

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The incredible view.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp wind farm, radar and V165 radio jamming houses.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp R501??

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Possibly an R501 group shelter.

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R501 group shelter.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp The second radar.

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(Copied from earlier radar)
The radar would sit inside a square wall and the radar could be raised or lowered above the protected wall to see Allied ships out at sea and then send the information to the R636a command post and then the batterie of guns would then fire on the ships. A friend who was a 17year old sailor used to go out at night to annoy the radars and get shot at. A Wellington bomber was flying over and packed with electronics. They pinpointed the radars and got to know what types and their output. When D-Day dawned these radars were either destroyed by Allied aircraft or left working so decay planes and ship could make themselves look like a landing force miss informing where D-Day was to be. Go to Allied Counter Measures 5/6th June 1944

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How the radars may have looked.

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Ringstand.

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Ringstand.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp Luftwaffe V165 radio jamming houses.

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How a V165 radio jamming house may have looked.

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Blitz radio wagon.

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Bunker generator.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp Luftwaffe V165 radio jamming houses.

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There were two V165's and a generator either in a bunker or on a lorry?? The V165's had antennas on the roof and were used to jam radio transmissions of allied communications.

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Semi protected windows.

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Windows inside.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp Luftwaffe V165 radio jamming houses.

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Where the stairs once was.
This site is quite rare in Normandy one here and another at Fécamp, although I have received information that there are two similar sites in Denmark.
They were built after 1941 and situated near airfields and used for bombing and firing practice.
In Denmark they were used for twin engined aircraft Me Bf 110 and Ju 88, and the same types of planes could have used the range here. They were always situated near airfields and Maupertus sur Mer, the main Cherbourg airfield is only a few kilometres away. There was also a fighter airfield behind the radar station called Osteck and this is a similar distance.
Kurt Stigaad from Denmark who supplied the information on the operation of the Danish sites, states that targets would be placed in the surrounding fields and the bombers would be controlled from the main bunker. There would also be a FuMo radar mounted on top of one of the buildings. Here at Mount Etolan it is possible that the building next to the command type building would be an obvious choice.
The other four two storey buildings would have mirrors on top so that they could monitor the bombing runs, and firing accuracy then radio back to the aircraft their reports.
The site could also have been a fully manned radar station as well as being used for practising precision bombing.
This is from http://www.atlantikwall.org.uk/etolain.htm

Its very difficult after all these years what these buildings were for???

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Roof light.

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Chimney so there must have been heating.

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Bunker stove.

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They would make a great house.

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Wn Fe03 Fécamp the batterie 2./H.K.A.A.1253

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2./H.K.A.A.1253 batterie six 15.5cm K.420(f) guns in open emplacements with two R607 ammunition bunkers and two R635 twin group bunker with a forward apron. Then two R679 were built and two more under construction to place the guns under casemates.

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Plan.

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R679 casemate.

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R679 casemate.

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15.5cm K.420(f).

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All these bunkers have been destroyed and either removed or just lumps of concrete left lying around.

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R610 Stab H.K.A.A.
HQ of the Heeres Küsten Artillerie Abteilung.

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R635 twin group bunker.

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R607 ammunition bunker.

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R607 ammunition set between two open gun emplacements.

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I think this is the R622 twin group bunker.

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R622 twin group bunker.

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R135 ammunition.

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Remains of some kind.

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