StP Vasouy M.K.B

image

Information

StP Vasouy M.K.B

Details

M.K.B. Battery Vasouy 9./MAA 266 with three 15cm guns in Marine emplacements 272 and an M 262 fire control post.
M.K.B = Marine Küsten Batterie.
M.A.A. = Marine Artillerie Abteilung.

image

How they may have looked.

image

Gun room at Longues-sur-Mer.

image

Plan of an M272.

image

Elevation of an M272.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

Information

StP Vasouy M.K.B

Details

9./MAA 266. Marine Artillery Abteilung, Marine Küsten Batterie.
3 x M272 casemates.
1 x M262 fire control post for a light battery.
3 x 15cm Tbts.K.L./45.
4 x 2cm flak28.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
00-00-00

Information

StP Vasouy M.K.B

Details

The German plan of the area showing all the defence positions north of Trouville.

image

 

image

Bootsmannsmaat.

image

 

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
IGNF

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

Details

The D513 from Honfleur to Villerville is very busy but there is a lay by (parking) on the opposite side of the road near the gate.
Plan of the battery area.
Red : is the Fire Control Post PDT.
Yellow : Vf ammunition.
White - the M272 casemates. Two complete and one very damaged casemate.

image

M262 plan.

image

M272 plan.

image

2cm Flak 28 Oerlikon

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
22 July 2008

Information

StP Vasouy M.K.B

Details

Just entering the field via the gate where there is a concrete base for a hut or such like.

image

M262 plan.

image

image

M262 elevation.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
IGNF

Information

StP Vasouy M.K.B

Details

Air photo showing the battery site..

image

Bunker construction.

image

image

Reinforcement.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
30 October 2010

Information

StP Vasouy M262

Details

This is one of the best preserved M262's, it was never as far as I can see fired on or bombed. As the allies advanced the battery's crew retreated north and crossed the Seine.

image

M262 from the air..

image

M262 plan.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
22 July 2008

Information

StP Vasouy M262

Details

The entrance into the range-finder room.

image

Range-finder.

image

Range-finder.

image

 

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
22 July 2008

Information

StP Vasouy M262

Details

The rear entrance into the range finder room.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
22 July 2008

Information

StP Vasouy M262

Details

Range-finder room. The concrete raised base is for a range-finder to stand on.

image

Range finder.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

StP Vasouy M262

Details

The view across towards Le Havre and the E-Boat pen.

image

E-Boats from Ostende.

image

E-Boat Cherbourg pen.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

StP Vasouy M262

Details

Range-finder room a better view.

image

Some of the wood shuttering is still in place and also it looks as though the work on this M272 was very hurried by waste concrete not removed.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
22 July 2008

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

Range-finder room at the rear showing where it has been partly filled in.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

The entrance.

image

 

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

Camouflage netting hooks made from the re enforcing rods bent over.

image

Putting on the camouflage nets.

image

Camouflage netting.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

The entrance to the computing room.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

The stars down.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

Close combat embrasure in front and below a space to pass equipment.
The niches in the walls either side are for light switches and the slots are for telescopic aerials.

image

Lights switch inside its niche.

image

Aerial fitted into its slot.

image

Bunker lamps.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

Drain in the floor, remember its their when you walk into a bunker they nearly all have one.

image

Plan of a drain.

image

Zinc drain bowl to catch large items.

image

Plan of a bunkers drainage.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

Passing through the gas lock. This is my opinion but I think that many if not all the metal fittings had not been installed. It looks as though it was a hurried build and may have been up and ready after Christmas 1944 not August 1944.

image

19P7 door that should have been here, I am not sure if they were fitted.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

Computing room.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

A model of an M262.
This gives an idea of what it would have looked like inside.

image

 

image

Loading equipment into a bunker.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

Steps up to the observation room.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

The observation slit.

image

 

image

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

The rear wall of the observation room.

image

 

image

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

The computing room.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

A manhole to what??

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Close combat window covering the entrance. Any enemy trying to enter via the rear entrance would have met with a hail of Mg34. The large hole underneath was to allow for equipment to to passed in, items that could not have come in via the doors.

image

483P2 close combat defence window that possibly should have been fitted here.

image

Close combat defence.

image

Close combat defence.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

Wireless, Liaison & Watch-Office.

image

 

image

image

Communications cables possibly to the three casemates.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

Wireless, Liaison & Watch-Office.

image

 

image

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

The way out.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

The steps out.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M262

Details

here

image

 

image

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M272

Details

Casemate Turm 3 15cm Tbts.K.L./45 15cm ships or submarines main gun.

image

M272 plan.

image

M272 elevation.

image

M272 at Wn48 Longues-sur-Mer..

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M272

Details

Casemate Turm 3 the only part of the casemate that you can see is the rear entrance. A large block of concrete with access either side as the plan below.

image

Rear entrance where two sets of steps either side join into a passage into the gun room with shell and case rooms either side.

image

The passage with the two ammunition rooms either side..

image

image

 

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
09 July 2008

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

Details

M272 Casemate Turm 2.

image

15cm Tbts.K.L./45.

image

Gun room..

image

Ammunition room.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

Details

M272 Casemate Turm 1 totally destroyed and just a crater left. It may be that the British piled all the ammunition into Turm 1 and when MEK * 60 attacked the battery. It must have been one hell of an explosion.

image

M272 Casemate Turm 1 from the air. You can still see the large crater now a pond.

image

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

Wn Trou05 Vasouy M272

Details

Casemate Turm 1.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image

Information

Linsens speedboats used by M.E.K. 60

Details

Very little known story that took place at the MKB Vasouy after the German retreat and the occupation of the battery by the English: the sabotage of guns by a group of German combat divers to avoid the English use of the guns, abandoned intact according to my source able still to shell Le Havre, still held by the Germans.

On August 26, 1944, probably at night (my source does not specify), a group of German combat divers MEK * 60 including its leader, the Oblt.MAdR Prinzhorn and 7 men slipped into MKB Vasouy.

Translated text: "Some time ago, the British troops had captured the 15 cm gun L / 45 of the battery Vasouy which were initially planned to protect the Seine estuary served by men of the M.A.A. 266, guns and ammunition had been left intact before the English advance. Located between Honfleur and Trouville, the guns were perfectly placed in their concrete bunkers to shell Le Havre held by the Germans, only 7 km across the estuary . Prinzhorn and his men, guided by a gunner who was familiar with the site, approached this impressive site aboard two speedboats ''Linsens'' and managed to set foot on land within 100m of the first bunkers. The guns were located above the beach,. The assault group Prinzhorn silently approached its objectives, the introduction of explosives in the same barrels of the guns and penetrating through the narrow passage between the guns and the walls casemates to place other charges in ammunition stocks. There was no guard dedicated to each bunker and the commandos could well destroy the guns without being disturbed by any British sentries who roamed without conviction the battery site. "Emmanuel''

M.E.K. 60 Le Havre / Rouen; Rhein-Front, Elbe-Front Oblt.MA. Prinzhorn (Hans-Friedrich) 03.44 - 11.44 03.45 - Ende.

image

A frogman of M.E.K. 60.
M.E.K. = MEERSKÄMPFER.
MEERSKÄMPFER = Sea Fighter.

image

Model.

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

StP Vasouy

Details

 

Wn Trou05 Vasouy

image
03 November 2010

Information

StP Vasouy

Details

Ah the horses, whenever I have visited these guardians of the bunkers have kept me at bay.