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Rue d'Ozouville to the west of Cherbourg was to be a batterie of four 10cm le.F.H.14/19(t).guns in four R669 casemates. Their target area was by the looks of it Landemer. Facing north/west.
Two of the casemates were built and two were under construction, I don't think any guns were installed and may have been out in field positions.

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Of the four casemates, only two were almost finished. The other two were in the very early stages of fabrication, with the steel reinforced mesh in place.

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Steel reinforcement.

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Turm 2
2017 it was getting very overgrown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But in 2006 it was quite clear.

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R669 casemate.

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Turm 2
The rear quarter.

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Turm 2
Rear 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rear gun access would have had heavy steel door frames set into wooden blocks that fitted into the six (you can see four) square holes. Then a set of heavy steel doors would have been fitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The type of doors that would have been fitted were 722P3 type.

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MKB Bunkertour.

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Inside the gun room, there is slight recess in the floor to allow a turntable to be fitted for the gun

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Plan.

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Howitzer mounted on a turntable.(WO133/56).

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Turntable (WO133/56).

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The arc on the floor where the guns trail would have swiveled.

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10cm le.F.H. 14/18(t).

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10cm le.F.H. 14/18(t).

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10cm le.F.H. 14/18(t).

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Cable inputs that would have connected to a cabinet on the wall. Fire instructions would come down these cables to the guns crews from a forward observer.

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Field telephone.

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Roof extractor vents set into the steel beams to extract foul gases out of the gun room, after the gun had fired.

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Extraction plan of an R669.

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Cleaning rods on a bunker wall.

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Turm 2

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Ammunition recess or niche also doubled as the space for an extractor fan mounting and pipe work. This would have been powered by electricity, so where the power came in wartime, I have no idea.

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200mm Rost vent that may have been ready to fit, but their war ended before that could be done.

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Ammunition storage..

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Turm 2
External vent pipe missing it Rost or cover. It may never have been fitted.

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200mm Rost vent that may have been ready to fit, but their war ended before that could be done.

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200mm mesh type vent, used later on in the war.

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Rear door and there are three vertical pipes, one bunker has them equally spaced and the other. Two on the right and one on the left. Why???

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Three vertical pipes equally spaced.

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Three vertical pipes not equally spaced.

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Note a railway line used to move products between storage and production and the camouflage nets hanging down over the door from hooks on the roof.

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Hooks on the roof.

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Turm 1

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Plan.

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There could be steel doors on earlier models, but later ones just had wooden doors. To keep out the weather.

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Wooden doors.

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Steel doors.

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Side view showing the long rear wall built to allow earth to be heaped up and act as camouflage and adding extra strength to the bunker.

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Plan with earth heaped up around the sides.

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Earth around the sides.

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Gun room.

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Turm 3
If they were being built as 1234, this will be Turm 3. The shape of the bunkers embrasure is set out in wood, ready for the concrete t be poured.

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Turm 3
A better view of the embrasure and also the skirt running around the base of the casemate. If a near miss hits it, the shell just explodes, doing little harm. Without the skirt, the blast would have been under the casemate and may lift it out of true. Making it useless to use.

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Picture taken from a different angle, showing the way the rear was constructed.

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1944 US Army Signals Corps, Nicholas Rudziak.(Thank you to Jim Swan)

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Turm 3
This maybe Turm 3 with a ramp to allow construction materials to be taken up onto the roof. Also concrete can be wheeled up there in barrows and poured in? The narrow gauge railway track.

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Narrow gauge trucks.

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1944 US Army Signals Corps, Nicholas Rudziak.(Thank you to Jim Swan)

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1944 US Army Signals Corps, Nicholas Rudziak.(Thank you to Jim Swan)

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This being the last one to be started, with less timber being used so far. The skirt around the bunker can be seen.

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1944 US Army Signals Corps, Nicholas Rudziak.(Thank you to Jim Swan)

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Another side view of the construction.

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1944 US Army Signals Corps, Nicholas Rudziak.(Thank you to Jim Swan)

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1944 US Army Signals Corps, Nicholas Rudziak.(Thank you to Jim Swan)

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The reinforced steel rods all laid out neatly and tied in with steel wire.

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1944 US Army Signals Corps, Nicholas Rudziak.(Thank you to Jim Swan)

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This could be earth extracted when constructing the casemates and then camouflaged over. To hide it from aerial view.

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1944 US Army Signals Corps, Nicholas Rudziak.(Thank you to Jim Swan)

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I wonder who he is?
Well his name is Nicholas Rudziak.

Wn345 Digulleville les Pastures was also a batterie of the Artillery Regiment 1709. Batterie 1./A.R.1709.

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