StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest

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As far as I can see, this site was a Flak site covering a band of the countryside from just behind the sand dunes and some inland batteries. The guns 2cm and 3.7cm Flak could also be used as ground defence and for AA cover over a vast area with railway guns and heavy gun batteries under their protection.

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Railway gun.

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2cm Flak 30.

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3.7cm Flak 38.

StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest

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1946 Geoportail

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest
La Digue Royale is a bit rough, but drivable

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5 x Wellblech bunkers.
2 x R600b open emplacements.
2 x Vf Unterstand plus Flak.
2 x 5cm KwK L/42.
2 x 2cm Flak 30.
1 x 3.7cm Flak 36.

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5cm KwK L/42.

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3.7cm ammunition handler.

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3.7cm flak ammunition.

StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest

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Stützpunkte und Reserven plan im K.V.A. C 20 May 1944

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Mülheim sitting between the beach and the next level of defences behind. This was one of the strongest defence of the Atlantikwall.

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Map of “Operation Undergo - Calais”

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Allied plan of the area used by Allied forces attacking Calais in “Operation Undergo”.

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest

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26 January 2020

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest
Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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I believe its a one room bunker with a door the other side.

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Flak crew.

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26 January 2020

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest
Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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The steps up or down and remember you will have to carry 3.7cm Flak 36 cannon shells up there.

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WO 33/1831 German Coastal Defence in the Pas de Calais - October 1945

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WO 33/1831

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A 1945 photo of the steps up the flak tower. I see there were hand rails running up each side and what look like railway lines running up the steps to draw a gun/searchlight up the emplacement.

820773 The exact purpose of the railway lines embedded in the steps leading to the parapetted roofs of the blockhouses cannot be ascertained (? for mounting small radar in connection with rly battery) from the reference on WO 33/1831.

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One of the officers filling in his report of German Coastal Defences, October 1945

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WO 33/1831.

StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest

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26 January 2020

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Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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It could be a double entry like a Vf2a type bunker.

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Possible plan of the bunker.

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Vf2a type bunker.

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26 January 2020

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest
Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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This looks like an air strike from above and to the right, cannon shell maybe. The bunker looks as though it was here and somebody decided to add a flak position on its roof and as you see. The flak wall is made of different materials and at a different time.

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Typhoon.

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Attacking in Normandy.

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26 January 2020

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest
Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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More cannon strikes.

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26 January 2020

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest
Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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Railway lines being used to strengthen the roof of the bunker.

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26 January 2020

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest
Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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Up on the roof where a gun would have sat. I would say 3.7cm.

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how it may have looked.

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26 January 2020

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Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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I hope the water does not drain into the bunker. You can also see where the cannon shell went through the outer wall.

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26 January 2020

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest
Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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This maybe an armoured piercing shot from a Canadian Sherman.

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26 January 2020

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Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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The view to several more Vf (Vf2a's) type bunkers. And beyond all sorts up on that hill.

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2cm Flak 30.

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3.7cm ammunition.

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26 January 2020

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StP123 Mülheim Calais Digue Royale ouest
Vf Unterstand plus Flak

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The steps down.

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Geoportail 1961

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The positions of the two R600a's

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There was one on each flank.

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5cm KwK L/40.

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Wellblech bunker.

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2cm Flak 30 position.

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3.7cm Flak position.

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WO 33/1831

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Vf600a from another site

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A Vf600a exactly like the two here would have looked.

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Vf600a plan..

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Vf600a western one.

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Vf600a eastern one.

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26 January 2020

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