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Saint-Valery-en-Caux west of Dieppe east of Le Havre set with steep cliffs each side and Va07 is situated on the east cliff (upstream) of the town.

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The car park is a good place to see the monument and all the east side of St-Valery.
3/Flak.Abt.20.
2 x L409A AA.
1 x R621.
1 x L410A AA.
1 x L411 AA.
3 x 2cm Flak 30.
1 x 7.5cm Pak AT gun.
Some tunneling.

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L409A for 3.7cm Flak.
Although these bunkers were designed as 3.7cm Flak, here they used 2cm Flak guns.

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L409 plan of the Ringstand for the gun.

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L409 plan of the bunker underneath.

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L409A for 3.7cm Flak.

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2cm Flak.

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2cm Flak.

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L409A for 3.7cm Flak.
September 1943 this date is placed over an extra ammunition space added to the side of the entrance.

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L409A for 3.7cm ready ammunition space.

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Crew.

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Light flak.

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2cm ammunition.

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Monument and trenches.
This is the second L409A with a trench system.

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L409A for 3.7cm Flak No.2.
These flak positions may or may not have personnel bunkers underneath? We could not tell.

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L409 plan of the Ringstand for the gun.

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2cm Flak in Normandy.

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L409A for 3.7cm Flak No.2.
To the left is the entrance when the gun is in plaice, shuttering is placed across the emplacement this is the only way in and out.

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the entrance.

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The slot to close off the emplacement, this could be concrete or wood shutters.

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Record Breaker.
Dieudonné Costes (14 November 1892 - 18 May 1973) was a French aviator, well known for long distance and record breaking flights.

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Dieudonné Costes.

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Tobruk for the R621 group shelter.
An R621 bunker would hold the crew of the guns.

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R612's Tobruk defence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A better picture of the Tobruk, the metal machine gun scarf ring is still there.

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One of the two aerial fitting.

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How the aerial fitting should have looked.

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This may be an entrance to some tunnels??

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The Souterraine (underground) tunnel system leaving this area and going out to the cliff edge.

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L410A Bunker.
L410A is the bunker and there is usually an open emplacement for a 3.7cm AA gun on the top. Here it may only be the bunker?

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The plan: clockwise, two entrances into gas locks, then two large crew rooms, NCO's room, ventilation, ammunition and close combat defence.

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L410A Bunker
The two entrances and ventilation holes in the wall.

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L410A Bunker.
Close combat window covering the two entrances.

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Side view of the bunker.

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L410A bunker detail.
Detail of how the bunker was built with different shuttering giving an almost camouflage effect. Here it was the use of screwed up concrete paper sacks.

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Concrete sacks.

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Zink drain filter.

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Plan of the way the drainage worked.

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L410A entrance.
Steps down to the gas lock on the right and the close combat embrasure looking at you.

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Plan

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L410A bunker gas lock.
Passageway through the gas lock. The door possibly would have been an 434P01.

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Plan.

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434P01 door type.

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L410A crew room.

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Plan.

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Beds.

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L410A crew room with the close combat defence embrasure, door to exit and second door to the second crew room.

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Plan.

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Close combat defence.

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L410A door to second crew room it would have been a 19P7.

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L410A second crew room

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L410A second crew room.
View to the:
Left door - NCO's room.
Right door - ventilation room.
Second right - to the gas lock.

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Plan.

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L410A NCO's room.
None Commissioned Officers room.

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L410A ventilation room.

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Plan.

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Heers-Einheits-Schutzlüfter HES 1.2

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L410A back to crew room.

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L410A close combat defence room.

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Plan.

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L410A ammunition room.

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Tool kit.

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2cm.

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L410A close combat defence room
A defence to cover the two entrances, here a machine gun, rifleman or a Schmeisser sub-machine gun could stop an enemy getting in.

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Schmeisser sub-machine gun.

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K98 rifle.

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L410A close combat defence embrasure.

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L410A second rear entrance

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Saint-Valery-en-Caux Va08.
The view across from Va07 with Va08 in the middle and Va09 on the opposite cliff.

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Set into the cliff is a casemate.

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Casemate for a 7.5cm Pak gun.
The centre door gives access to the two ammunition rooms with square windows to allow ammunition to be passed to the gun. On the right is a Tobruk to cover the casemate from infantry attack. The whole front has been cut away for some obscure reason.

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7.5cm Pak gun.

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