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11 March 2002 my friend Ian and I were on a bunker hunting trip to Normandy and took a walk around the back of Turm 2. Two dogs came running out and started barking, followed by the farmer. He was lovely, started to chat away to us. Now Ian and I do not speak French, he did not speak English. There were several mutual words that I understood and then he just forgot we were English and continued in, what I would call. Norman French.
He took us into his home, the ammunition bunker and emplacement of Turm2. He showed us into the three ammunition rooms, which were the bedrooms, the passageway was his kitchen and the open emplacement had a glass green house lean too against the wall. This was his living room. He then kindly walked us around the fields pointing out where certain positions were.
His father owned the farm before the war. War came and the invaders needed space to build a batterie of heavy guns. So the local farmers were told to leave. Well the batterie was built, the war ends and the Mayor tells our farmers father, he can have his farm back, bunker and all.

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The farmer.

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Ian and the farmer.

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The bunker.

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SHM Plan Flack in yellow.
2 x Flakstellung with 2cm Flak 29.
6 x 7.5cm Flak M36(f).
5 x 2cm Flak 28.

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Plan.

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2cm Flak29..

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7.5cm Flak M36(f).

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On this air photo of 1947 you can just see the six 7.5cm Flak M36(f) and at least two 2cm Flak bunker positions..

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Plan.

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2cm Flak 29.

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7.5cm Flak M36(f).

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11 March 2002

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Flakstellung.
One of at least two antiaircraft buildings (Flakstellung), protecting Battery Hamburg. From left to right, the ramp is a covered exit leading out to a trench onto the road. Several rooms with quit a strong re-enforced roof, then the flak Ringstand with a Tobruk (observation). In the front possibly an ammunition store.

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2cm Flak 29.

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Observation in a Tobruk.

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Also for AA fire.

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My plan of the Flakstellung.
One of at least two antiaircraft buildings, protecting Battery Hamburg. From left to right, the ramp is a covered exit leading out to a trench onto the road. Several rooms with quit a strong re-enforced roof, then the flak Ringstand. In the front possibly an ammunition room.

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Flakstellung.
The Farmer kindly showing me around the flak building.
The odd protruding block is a Tobruk added on.

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Flakstellung.
Damage from either a tank or an aircraft attack, of which there were several.

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Flakstellung.
This picture showing the Tobruk sticking out and the odd way it was constructed, more by a soldier than a builder???

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Flakstellung.
Inside the crew room.


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Plan.

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24 October 2004

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Flakstellung.
This is inside the right hand door, a small room with access to the AA Ringstand above & a basement room to the left

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Flakstellung.
To the right stairs to the flak Ringstand.

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02 January 2000

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To the right stairs to the flak Ringstand.

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Flakstellung.
As you come up the steps. The Tobruk can be seen here.

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Flakstellung.
Flak Ringstand & Tobruk.

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Flakstellung.
Footwear??????

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How it may have looked.

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2cm Flak29 Oerlikon.

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Again how it may have looked.

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Flakstellung.
View from Tobruk looking south. The rough finish to the Tobruk is actually a form of camouflage.

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Flakstellung.
'9' time code directions.

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Time code directions 12oclock, 3oclock, 6oclock & 9oclock making 360degrees.

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A plate with
Enzling 3000
xxugxx 2400 .

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Flakstellung.
'12' time code directions.

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Time code directions 12oclock, 3oclock, 6oclock & 9oclock making 360degrees.

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Flakstellung.
A plate with - Enzling 3000.
                        xxugxx 2400.

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Flakstellung.
'6' time code directions.

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Time code directions 12oclock, 3oclock, 6oclock & 9oclock making 360degrees.

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24 October 2004

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Flakstellung.
The Tobruk sat on the side and below an ammunition niche and in the floor, the fitting for a still rod. To mount the machine gun onto. Or a search light, if needed.

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Centre mounting on a Tobruk.

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Flakstellung.
Stairs down to a tunnel.

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Plan.

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Flakstellung.
Stairs down to a basement.

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Flakstellung.
The tunnel running down into the ground, the farmer said it came out by the road, in a trench?

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The trench leading to the road & a sentry post and on the other side an underground bunker with its entrance in the hedge.

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Guard post
Here in the hedge is a concrete guard post

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This is the guard post at Turm1..

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Bunker (ammunition).
We would never have known about this bunker if the farmer was not with us. Today we have books by Alaine Chazette/Frederick Clott & others that specialist in drawing very accurate plans. The year 2000 we had very little to go on.

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A - Guard post.
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- Bunker (ammunition).
C - Ammunition bunker.

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Plan of the bunker (ammunition).

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How the entrance should look.

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Bunker (ammunition).

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A - Guard post.
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- Bunker (ammunition).
C - Ammunition bunker.

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Bunker (ammunition).

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24 October 2004

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Ammunition bunker in the field.

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Crew carrying ammunition.

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Boxes of ammunition.

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Ammunition magazines.

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

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6 x 7.5cm Flak M36(f).
This is one of the guns that were here. They were in field positions but some open emplacements may have been provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Google earth, one Ringstand for Flak, may have survived???

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7.5cm M36(f).
Flak M36(f) were captured guns. These French guns were originally descended from Canon de 75 modéle 1897 field gun that were used in improvised anti-aircraft mounts during World War One. During the 1920s Canon de 75 antiaérien mle 1913-1917 specialized air defense versions of the Canon de 75 modèle 1897 field gun were outmoded as an anti-aircraft weapon and development of a new gun barrel was begun in 1928.

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