Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

709.Infantry Division.
2./919 Grenadier Regiment. Lt. Rowerier, HQ at Wn06 Poupeville.
1 x Cable connection box.
2 x Vf2a Gruppe shelters.
1 x Vf4a machine gun casemate.
1 x R607 ammunition bunker.
1 x R501 Gruppe shelter.
3 x Vf58c Tobruk.
1 x R35 U Tobruk.
2 x type 1694 ringstands.
1 x Pz.T.R35 3.7cm KwK144 (f).
2 x 5cm KwK L/60.
1 x 7.5cm F.K.235(b).


image

7.5cm F.K.235(b).

image

5cm KwK L/60 gun.

image

Vf4a machine gun casemate.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Google Maps

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

I have started my route coming off the N13 at the Saint-Come-du-Mont junction and driven south on the D974 and at l'Amont or 'Dead Man's Corner' museum taken the minor road Rue du Bel Esnault and that will take you back under the N13 and turn sharp right (south) and follow the road past Barquette locks where 101st Airborne fought their epic battles. Continue on and you see on your left the cable junction box, kablebrunnen.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Kablebrunnen.

Details

There were/are cables running all over the coast of France and joining them up in connection boxes like this one. It seems rather tall but that may be to alleviate flooding. Usually they are semi sunk into the ground.

image

Cable connection box plan.

image

Armoured cable I found on a beach.

image

Funkroom.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Kablebrunnen.

Details

A manhole cover closes the junction room inside and the angled top allows wind passing by to create a small vacuum inside the connection room and sucks air through as either cooling or some other reason??

image

The protrusion at the top.

image

Kablebrunnen.

image

Semi sunk version of a Kablebrunnen.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Kablebrunnen.

Details

 

image

Feldernsprecher 33.

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Kablebrunnen.

Details

You can just see the manhole cover. It was hard to climb up so I did not manage to see on the top.

image

Bunker phones.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Google Maps

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

We now move on to the Mur antichar, Panzerabwehrmauer, antitank wall.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Mur antichar, Panzerabwehrmauer, antitank wall.

Details

 

image

The British came up with a Churchill Tank with a frame at the front. Driving up to the wall and leaving a large amount explosives to blow through the wall. It was not used on D-Day.

image

This was used a Churchill with a long bridge. It would drive to the wall and lay the bridge up the wall and another tank can drive over it.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Mur antichar, Panzerabwehrmauer, antitank wall.

Details

This 240m wall covers the right flank of Wn01.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Mur antichar, Panzerabwehrmauer, antitank wall.

Details

The steel reinforcement has been cut off and the wall may have been going to be a standard Panzerabwehrmauer or they were used to attach barbed wire on the top.

image

Plan of a standard wall, this one does not have the shape at the top.

image

Barbed wire.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Mur antichar, Panzerabwehrmauer, antitank wall.

Details

This looks like a boot heal mark

image

German hobnail boots.

image

Four pairs.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Google Maps

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Moving on to the village.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
Plan

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Plan:
Parts are hard to get too and some now on private land (gardens). My pictures were mostly taken in March 2006.
Starting with a long anti-tank wall to an R35 tank turret, a Vf2a Gruppe shelter moving through the village to a ringstand, two Tobruks (unfound). A Vf2a (unfound), a ringstand, R501 & R607. Then a Vf4a (may now be private) and a Tobruk.

image

 

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

The tank wall looking west.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

On this end is a U shaped Tobruk for an R35 tank turret. It looks as though it has taken a few rounds as the splash marks on the wall shows.

image

Tank turret and crew.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Mike and Red John enjoying cold wind.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
1944

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

After capture showing the R35 turret still in place with its 3.7cm KwK 144(f) main gun and an MG311(f) coaxial machine gun. A one man turret and possibly a second helper passing ammunition.

image

R35 turret.

image

U style Tobruk, open at the rear for access.

image

U shaped Tobruk from behind showing the way in.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey. The tide out.

Details

Looking along the top of the wall towards the where the R35 turret once stood.

image

Inside the turret.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey, with the tide in.

Details

There would have been some form of block here to stop an enemy access and may have been a set of Belgian gates.

image

Road block of Belgian gates.

image

Belgian gate.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

U shape Tobruk in 2013. You can just see the entrance now covered over.

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
05 October 2013

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey, tide out.

Details

The view back inland.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey restaurant.

Details

Vf2a Gruppe shelter.

image

Plan Vf2a.

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

The sea wall running due north.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

The view down the main street to the Vey.

image

 

image

Curry Road, named after Pvt. E. J. Curry of the 519th Port Bt. KIA 10 June 1944.

image

 

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Half way up the main street is a Ringstand Type 1694 for a 5cm KwK L/60 gun. It may or may not have had a shield.

image

Ringstand Type 1694.

image

5cm KwK L/60 gun.

image

5cm KwK L/60 gun.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Half way up the main street is a Ringstand Type 1694 for a 5cm KwK L/60 gun.

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Fields to the north.

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

R501 Gruppe shelter and its there if you can find it.

image

R501 plan

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

R607 ammunition bunker type II. This one has a slightly different left hand side, we could see and you can from this picture an access to the left. It looks like it has an attached Tobruk defence.

image

R602 plan.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Looking down to the Tobruk tunnel.

image

Tobruk.

image

My adjusted plan with a tunnel and a Tobruk.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

R607 left hand entrance. John in thought.

image

R607 plan.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

R607 passage way. I would like to know what the niches are on the left side??

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

R607 door to the first ammunition room a 19P7 doors were used. Thin steel doors with a glass viewing window.

image

19P7 door.

image

19P7 door.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

First room.

image

5cm ammunition would be stacked here in boxes.

image

7.92 boxed ammunition.

image

7.5cm F.K.235(b) ammunition.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

R607 ammunition store with a fresh air vent in the far wall.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

R607 ammunition store showing the way out, but its blocked with brambles.

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Eisenpfahel barbed wire fence posts still in place.

image

Eisenpfahel barbed wire fence posts.

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Ringstand Type 1694 for a 5cm KwK L/60 gun. This one did not have a shield fitted for some reason. Several 5cm KwK guns did not have their shields, whether this was because they were in short supply or just had not the time to fit them. Four ammunition niches around the outside to store ready ammunition.

image

Ringstand Type 1694.

image

This is the L/60 without a shield in position.

image

An L/60 with its ammunition.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Note the hand and foot holds here, there must have been a trench system and you would have to have climbed out of the trench up into the ringstand.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Looking back along the sea wall towards the village.

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Vf4a machine gun casemate (bomb proof). The green sheeting covers the entrance steps down into the bunker, there was also a trench system zig-zagging to beyond the house.

image

 

image

 

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Vf4a machine gun casemate (bomb proof). Air vent.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Vf4a machine gun casemate (bomb proof).

image

How it may have looked inside.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Vf4a machine gun casemate (bomb proof).
The door into the gun room is a 19P7.

image

19P7

image

Vf4a machine gun casemate (bomb proof).
Entrance.
Crew room.
Gun room.

image

How it may have looked inside.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Vf4a machine gun casemate (bomb proof).

image

How it may have looked inside.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Continuing on to the Tobruks.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Tobruk with tree.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Tobruk with tree.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Tobruk with tree.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

Tobruk with tree showing its centre pivot.

image

Details2

image

The centre pivot with a wooden fitting to sit a machine gun on and pivoting the gun around.

image

MG34 mounting.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

The next Tobruk.

image

7.5cm F.K.235(b) was situated somewhere around the Wn but I know not where.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

The next Tobruk.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
20 March 2006

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

Details

The view along the sea wall.

Wn01 Le Grand Vey

image
02 April 2011

Information

Wn01 Le Grand Vey tide in.

Details

Wn01 took very little part in the Normandy landings. The American paratroopers of the 101st landed to the west of Grand Vey and fought for the Barquette locks and then the 4div landed at WN05 and passed as quickly as possible across the flooded ground to Saint-Mare-Eglise. Others turned left and worked their way towards the paratroopers holding Pouppville and the rest is history.