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1 x R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak.
1 x SK/Schartenstand 4.7cm Pak..
1 x R667 casemates.
1 x R622 + Ringstand for 5cm KwK.
1 x Vf2a crew bunker.
1 x R622 crew bunker
5 x Vf bunkers.
1 x Pz.T. FT17 tank turret.
1 x 4.7cm Pak K.36(t).
1 x 4.7cm Pak 181(f).
1 x 5cm KwK 38.


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R667 casemate.

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Nr1694 Ringstand for a 5cm KwK Pak gun..

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R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak.

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R622 crew bunker.

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5cm KwK 38.

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Vf 2a.

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Plan showing the Va300 Marine railway batterie in the middle, with three defence positions surrounding it. They are too far apart to give mutual protection and can only be used as a forward observation, initial defence and guard duty for the perimeter. The troops would be Army (Heer) and the batterie would be Marine (Navy). So no love lost between these two groups.

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Marine.

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Heer.

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I cannot find a plan for Va07 so I have looked at this 1953 air photo, before most of the bunkers were removed, the area re modeled and adjusted to what it is today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My plan as near as I can make it.

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B- Bunker's
T - Tobruk's

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Here I have split them in half to give better definition.

North - section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South - section.

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Vf58c Tobruk.

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R667 casemate for a 4.4cm Pack..

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U Tobruk for an FT17 turret.

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This is looking north from around the bottom of Va07. Its a vast area and a lot has gone on since WW2 to spoil the layout. Large building built and demolished, huge army training area. Sand extraction for building. The list goes on. Now its more a nature reserve and a play park for holiday makers looking for sun and sea.

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R667 casemate.2

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Flanking wall, gun room and rear entrance.

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The 5cm KwK 39 set onto a Lafette or Hold fast in the floor.
'Lafette translates to Chariot'.

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Looking south towards Quiberon..

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Quiberon town.

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R676 casemate.
A neat little complex of bunkers..

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R676 casemate.
Around the back of the bunkers unsure of type. It could be a small accommodation or ammunition storage.

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Plan.


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R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak.
This is a Skoda bunker, its an R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak. Designed to take the Czech. 4.7cm fortress Pak anti-tank gun. A very short barrel and all the workings behind a thick armoured shield. Crewed by at least three men, Commander, gunner and loader. But probably had a few more men to help out. .

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A chicane entrance into a gun room, where spare ammunition would be stacked up and a few home comforts for the troops.

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The gun inside a bunker.

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Crew in action.

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R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak.
The gun room, an ammunition niches left & right side, you can see the chicane entrance at the rear.

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R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak.
The barrel is short to protect it and the shell is inserted in the breach, fired and the case is then sent down a tube. To a large hole just in front of the casemate to store used cases. After the action, they can be retrieved and re used..

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The process..

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R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak.
This is how the muzzle would have looked. The large hole, the 4.7cm. The bottom hole a 7.92mm machine gun barrel, co-axle gun.

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Ammunition.

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Guns commander at his viewing slit.

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4.7cm round.

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R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak.
Flanking wall covering the gun from fire from the sea and on the roof a tube. This was a periscope for the commander to use to see 360°.

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Bunker periscope.

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A periscope hole in a bunker roof.

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All he would see today.

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R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak.
The other side, showing the periscope and some ladders that lead down to an escape tunnel..

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A door in the side wall of the bunker.

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Then you crawl threw the thick concrete wall and out to the steps and out onto the roof.

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R676 small casemate for a 4.7cm Festungspak.
The rear entrance.

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I have located where ten years ago that I took the picture, its the complex on the left and you can see the trenches leading out and across to a Tobruk.

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Site of the R676 Skoda bunker.

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Tobruk.

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Plan of a Tobruk.

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Here you can see the trenches still laid out, obviously a lot shallower. They would have had wooden supports and shuttering to hold the sand back..

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An Unknown type of bunker, it would have been sunk into the ground and a trench would lead you into it. To me it looks very like the Marine bunker in Va300.

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Built in Bauform an interlocking brick for quicker construction.

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Bauform construction on an unfinished bunker.

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Marine bunker.
The door is very like a naval door you would have on a ship. And you can see the Bauform brick work. Inner and outer skin in Bauform and between steel reinforcement and then poured concrete between.

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882P7 type of double door.

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My plan of the bunker.

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Marine bunker.
Looking in side the entrance turns to the right and then probably left into the bunker. Maybe just one room and as its a Marine style bunker, it may have been built for a small detachment from Va300 that needed to work down amongst the Army men..

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Its odd in all the lists of bunkers I have found, none say Tobruk's, but here is one by the car park.

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This is by the road and cycle path..

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This is the location of the SK/Schartenstand 4.7cm Pak. A French 4.7cm this time and taken maybe from one of the forts around here. The bunker was there until the 60's when it was removed to make way for road improvements. There would also have been a road block to check anybody leaving Quiberon town.

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This is the bunker being destroyed in 1960. Photo D,Cariou.

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47mm SA34 gun and a co-axle 7.5 mm Reibel machine gun.

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This is a Skoda fortress gun but the French 47mm is very alike..

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Plan of how it may have looked.

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The train from Quiberon just arriving at the station

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Todays train.

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French railways.

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This is the second R667 casemate with its Ringstand both for 5cm KwK 38. (red arrow).

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R667 casemate looking south on the eastern side of the railway. To its left and not photographed is a Ringstand for a 5cm KwK 38 and the R667 casemate supersedes it. Now if the gun was removed and placed in the casemate, I do not know.

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Ringstand and the replacement R667 casemate.

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Ringstand to the left and R667 casemate to the right.

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Nr1694 Ringstand.

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R667 casemate from the rear, showing the entrance.

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5cm KwK in a Ringstand.

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Inside a casemate.

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R667 casemate looking in from the rear, on the left is an ammunition niche.

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The sea view in another R667.

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Rear of an R667.

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Plan and elevation of an R667 casemate.

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