Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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A Batterie of 6 x 15.5cm K.420(f) guns. I have not visited this site.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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R679.

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There were two Vf58c Tobruk's, one attached to the roof of an R501 and the other towards the rear of the site.

Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Batterie 1./H.K.A.A.1255.
4 x R679 (3 under construction).
6 x Geschützstellung open emplacements.
3 x R607.
1 x 600.
2 x R501 (1 + 58c Tobruk).
2 x Vf58c.
6 x 15.5cm K.420(f).
3 x 2cm KwK 38.
1 x 10cm le.F.H.14/19(t).

Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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The German plan of all the Widerstandsnest in the Trou area.

Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Today a caravan site, I am not sure if the one R679 casemate is still in place, there is a mound there?

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R501 + 58c Tobruk plan.

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R600 but may have had a 2cm Flak 38.

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2cm Flak 38.

Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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DEFE 2/375

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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DEFE 2-375 Battery photographs Cherbourg to Honfleur.
Four 150mm. (5.9in.) howitzers. Range 14,600 yards. Weight of shell 69 lbs.
Rate of fire 5 r.p.m. Guns in circular concrete emplacements 35 feet in diameter,
77yards apart.
Accommodation : Huts and concrete shelters. Ammunition stacks along perimeter
wire forward and in rear of guns.
Secondery Armament : One possible AA machine gun, and infantry defence. 1943.

Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Initially a battery of 15.5cm s.F.H.414, this battery was removed and 1./H.K.A.A.1255 arrived. Just prior to D-Day the battery was bombed heavily and then on D-Day HMS Warspite.

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R501+58c Tobruk.

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R679 casemate.

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Halifax bomber.

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R607 ammunition bunkers. Shells in one half and case in the other.

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HMS Warspite firing on D-Day..

Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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R679 Mont Canisy KA.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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15.5cm gun inside an R679 casemate at Mont Canisy. There was only time to build one casemate here at les Hautes Bruyéres and this is how it may have looked like this.

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R679 plan.

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Inside the gun room with a steel shield covering the guns embrasure.

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Another R679 at Gatteville.

Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Guns crew KA.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Guns crew ready for action at their 15.5cm K.420(f). There was also a 10cm le.F.H.14/19(t) probably used to fire star shells to illuminate the enemy.

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A 15.5cm K.420(f) in an open emplacement (Geschützstellung).

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Plan of a Geschützstellung.

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My drawing of the battery observation post built into a prominent house.

Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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1944

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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15.5cm K.420(f).

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R502 twin group bunker were the barracks of the guns crews.

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R501 group shelter. The eastern 501 was the batterie commanders command post.

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Crews.

Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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1944

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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15.5cm K.420(f) possibly at Gatteville, Manche.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Wn Trou012 Villerville les Hautes Bruyéres H.K.B.

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Batteries of 1255.