Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux, K.V.A. 'E1'. Picardy.

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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1 x R612.
3 x R668 (355, 356 & 357).
1 x V229.
1 x Giant Würzberg?
? x Vf58c.
1 x 7.5cm F.K.231(f)?


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Plan of an R668 six man bunker.

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R612 casemate for an assault gun.

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Giant Würzberg.

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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The Phare is a very prominent feature in this area and it seems odd that a defence and radar site should be placed where it can be seen from far out at sea?

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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14 February 1943

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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Here is a low level reconnaissance photo taken on the 14 February 1943 about 71 years to the day we visited. Note they name it Brigthon? that may be an error or the name was adjusted post war.

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Spitfire PRU.

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Side mounted camera being located.

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Vertical images of Utah Beach.

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00 February 1944

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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This is taken from a British target map dated March 1944 and I have just added some more details. The spelling of Giant Würzberg on the English plan was Wuerzberg.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Small water reservoir.

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I have seen them either on radar sites or V1 rocket launch sites. There is also one at Maisy battery.

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Hawker Typhoons.

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Hawker Typhoon attacking radars at Berk Plage sud H.K.B.

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Unknown structure in a garden.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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R668 six man bunker.

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There were over 100 built in the A.O.K15 area and the plans for allowing these to be used are dated 1943.

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R668.

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These are pictures inside an unknown bunker and they look very crowded.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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R668 six man bunker Ca 03 357.

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Ca - part of StP.Gruppe Cayeux.
03 - Wn 03 defence position 03.
357 - the bunkers build number.

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21 February 2014

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R668 six man bunker.

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Set on the side of the roadway and semi sunk into the ground with a nice bank of sand protecting it from an attack from the seaward side.

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The escape tunnel.

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Possibly a chimney outlet or a periscope tube.

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21 February 2014

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Vf shelter.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Demolished wall.

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This could be either a farm dwelling or part of an earlier defence.

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Vf shelter.

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A bricked wall with a heavy concrete roof.

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Vf shelter.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Vf shelter.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Brighton.

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21 February 2014

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V229.

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A V229 is the plan number of the base of a Würzberg Radar set. The dish is on the front and behind a wooden cabin where the operators could sit at their controls and direct the scan of the beams.

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Giant Würzberg.

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Inside a cabin.

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The cabin on the back.

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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V669.

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This is where the radar would have sat and wires would have gone through the concrete to an electrical source (a generator or mains power) & signal wires to a main control room.

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Würzberg.

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21 February 2014

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V669.

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I have no idea what the added concrete notches are, they may be original but no others that I have seen have them?

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Würzberg.

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Planes had to fly very low to get under the radar beams but with the radar at ground level I wonder if you could get under them.

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V229 plan..

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21 February 2014

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V669.

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The small entrance inside, when the radar is on the top this would be used as access to cables and connections.

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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V669.

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Sunset in February.

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21 February 2014

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Broken piece of concrete.

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Note the style of concrete camouflage.

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Vf personnel bunker.

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Made in brick and re enforced concrete roof.

Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Vf personnel bunker.

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Inside with severals rooms and a couple of windows.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Vf personnel bunker.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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R612 casemate for an assault gun..

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A 7.5cm Field Cannon would possibly be used here and may have been a captured French type.

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7.5cm F.K.

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Ammunition and boxes.

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21 February 2014

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R612 casemate for an assault gun..

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Its a shattered bunker, it looks as though ammunition was exploded inside after its capture.

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R612 casemate for an assault gun with rear door and two ammunition niches each side.

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Ammunition storage.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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You would not know from here that its a Wellblech shelter.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Wellblech shelter.

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These are shelters using a corrugated steel half round thick sheeting and a coat of thick concrete, bury it in the ground and cover it over with sand or earth and you have very good bunker.

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Steel sheeting.

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Many uses from crew to ammunition to storage.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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A view across the sand dunes looking north.

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Ca03 Brighton Phare de Cayeux.

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21 February 2014

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Sunset over the V669.

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