(StP277) Batterie d'Amfreville Ouest (f)

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Situated to the left of Cherbourg port to protect its flank. There are two French forts/batteries here and this is the westerly of the two. Batterie Ouest D'Amfreville. The battery had originally been a French artillery position dating from 1898 constructed to protect the port of Cherbourg. The French installed three canon de 164 mm Modèle 1893 artillery pieces in 1926. During the German advance into the Cotentin Peninsula on 18 June 1940 the French guns fired upon advancing German units in the Martinvast region. The guns were destroyed by the French before they could fall into German hands.

Calibre: 164 mm.
Type: Mle 1893-28 et Mle 23.
Maximum range: 19 000 m pour le Mle 93/28 et de 20 000 m pour le 93/23.

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164mm Mle 1893-28.

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The gun type in a WW1 emplacement used on the French front.

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Another WW1 emplacement.

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29 January 2007 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thomas Hinz Grandfather 1941

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We arrived, the gate was open and why not. We only take pictures.
The forts around Cherbourg built in the 1880's were to protect the port of Cherbourg and the French navy that used it, against the English. Yes us again. At the same time the British (English) were defending their ports against the French?? with the port of Portland having a harbour wall built just like Cherbourg s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Thomas Hinz Grandfathers photo1941.



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Portland harbour.

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Cherbourg harbour.

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Portland harbour defence.

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Cherbourg harbour defence.

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Portland harbour gun emplacement.

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Napoleons statue Cherbourg..

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The outer wall and gate. Also the dog kennel on the left.

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1942.

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Guard dogs kennel.

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Dog.

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Guard room and Head Quarters.
The style of architecture can be seen all over Cherbourg, around the port area and out on the hills surrounding it, where many forts were built.

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French Marines.

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Unknown building.

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Toilets and washing facilities.

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Marines washing..

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Taken over in 1941 by the German Marine artillery.

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German Marines.

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A boundary stone.

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Looking at the back of the gun line with a battery of three breach loading guns.

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This is around the front of the battery looking at the large bank of earth covering the face or glacis plate.

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The well.

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29 January 2007 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IGNFR 1947

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Looking along the gun line at the individual stairs to each gun position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 1947 air photo of the fort.

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The stair way to the guns.

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The middle gun emplacement.
One of the gun positions showing the ready ammunition slots covered with hinged steel plates. Cut into this one is a passage to a more modern open emplacement.
Inset: Another gun emplacement showing where the metal half round chaser rail was set into the concrete so the gun could swivel around.

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29 January 2007 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Caix WWW! 164mm Railway Gun.

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Ready ammunition slots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ammunition being laid out to cool after firing. WW1 Western Front Caix, France.

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29 January 2007 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Geoportail

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The passage leading to a large open Ringstand.

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The half round roofs are the tops of individual magazines sitting between the gun positions.

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The view from the top of the battery.

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