StP234 Batterie Hamburg T2

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Here we are covering Turm 2 of 4.

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Turm 1.

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Turm 2

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Turm 3.

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Turm 4.

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Frederic Clot

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Plan of the batterie site of StP234 Batterie 'Hamburg' 3./M.A.A.260. Head Quarters were in the Château de Tourlaville.

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Stab Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 260.

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Frederic Clot

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Turm 2 with a Geschützstellung or open emplacement for a 24cm S.K.L./40 gun. Behind a 15cm searchlight was added. Several bunker/shelters for barracks, offices, etc.
The gun emplacement has three ammunition magazines attached at the rear, then there were added at least one more either side. The capacity of ammunition would have been quite high. All guns were issued a 'Load'. A load is the amount a gun/batterie needs to use in a standard battle scenario. The ammunition supply officers would, as the ammunition was being used up. Call for another load to be brought up. There is no finite quantity, its all down to the type of batterie or speed of using up ammunition, etc.
There was at least one Tobruk 58c type covering the rear of the gun.

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They used an over head monorail system to move heavy shells, powder bags & cases around the magazine.

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Pulley blocks would be used to hoist shells up.

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The doors had a recess cut at the top, to allow the monorail to run around under the roof.

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Tobruk 58c plan.

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04 May 2001

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The angled concrete is the access to the gun space and the ammunition rooms. It was also the farmers front door. And inside, his kitchen and sink.

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11 March 2002

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The front door.
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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11 March 2002

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Ian & the farmer.
The Geschützstellung with the guns hold fast, now a flower bed. Where once gunners toiled to fire on Allied warships. There are a row of plant pots. 'Swords into plough shears' comes to mind.

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11 March 2002

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The Geschützstellung showing the way the two side walls only allowed the gun a few degrees to to shoot through. I think 80° was the maximum here.

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2000

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Another angle showing the Geschützstellung.

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The Geschützstellung and a 24 cm/40 (9.4") SK L/40 gun in place. The gun shields had been removed by the time this picture was taken. Note the way the original Geschützstellung runs through the wall, showing this was an open emplacement and that it was gradually being casemated.

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24 cm/40 (9.4") SK L/40.

 

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

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Geschützstellung outside looking in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at the camouflage in the concrete, you can see where I have outlined some above the guns barrel and matched it to a picture taken around 2002. Also the X I have placed in both pictures match and has no camouflage markings on it.

 

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11 March 2002 (T3)

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This picture is from Turm 3.
The ammunition bunkers behind the gun and when we visited the farmer allowed us into all his rooms, but this was his house. I did not think it right to take photos of his bedrooms.

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11 March 2002

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The lovely farmer who really thought I spoke French. He actually spoke quite good German as well.

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US Army Signals Corps

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Air photo looking south at the mouth of the gun position.

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The air photo was probably taken from an L-4 light artillery spotting plane.

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US Army Signals Corps.

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2000

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