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Post  OVERLORD on Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:12 pm

I live not far from the coast and I do a lot of hiking. Often I come across concrete remnants of the Atlantikwall built during the war. Most common are watch posts but some are real bunkers that had guns.

This watch post is at the beach, so at sea level in Etretat.





And a wartime photo



Further north, in Eletot, This watch post can be found near the edge of the cliffs in the middle of the fields surrounded by high grass. The entrance is shielded off by a separate wall. The outside is covered with bullet impacts.







This is the view the Feldwebel must have had in the summer time.



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Post  Admin on Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:33 pm

They are very cool yet scary. It is interesting how the Germans were able to build so many of those bunkers, many in difficult areas and rough terrain.

If you haven't see these guy's videos yet, you should check them out. They explore many of these WWII tunnels and bunkers across Europe. https://www.youtube.com/user/HistoricDepths

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Post  fredvon4 on Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:58 pm

I am so disappointed with our loss of decades of photos from our time in Germany...many many different trips to most all the "must see to believe" historical areas

Wife and I have been in vast under ground airplane hangers and factories, all of the concentration camps, Hitlers bunkers and fortresses

Not known if still done to this day ....but as we got more and more senior, with each successive assignment to Germany, the opportunity to attend NCO leadership Training seminars during the 70 to 90s was pretty extensive..Free tours of many sites with a historical lesson on why this place was relevant

Over my 15 years assigned to Germany I, and later my wife, took advantage of every one.

In combat a time or two being shot at..... BUT no where near the intensity or hardened areas like Liven shows...I shudder at the thought of the pucker factor involved in approaching such an obstetrical and trying to neutralize it

I had seen the movie Guns of Navarone and was disappointing when I asked for a tour, to find it was fictitious....BUT they did film it at a real bunker.... the story takes place within the real historical context of the Dodecanese Campaign, the Allies' campaign to capture the German-held Greek islands in the Aegean Sea in 1943----never seen by me

All the French and other European American grave yards are as much a somber moment as any visit to Arlington

Even with all the effort wife and I took over the years to be educated in the history and area....Liven, and Balogh, and some others I forget have done a great job of education fill in ....sincere thanks



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Post  Kim on Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:45 pm

Yes, thank you! And please feel free to continue this thread with additional photos you might have.

I've never really had a desire to travel internationally, except for locations like these. I would like to walk these, actually see Omaha Beach, and the White cliffs of Dover.

Seems like Nitroplanes posted some photos from the English side of the channel, AND readjusted my visual fantasies about the WWII air bases there that have since built over with housing (which make total sense, of course).

The scope of this struggle is just too vast to comprehend, at least for me, as the more I learn, the broader the whole deal seems to grow.

Thank you again,
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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:23 pm

Awhile ago I got caught up in youtube videos showing the locals (and others) digging up rusty WW2 artifacts, especially small arms. They intrigued  me just like a worst of the worst castor baked lump of a model engine does today.  And, like this lovely example of an early MG Midget that turned up on my computer this morning.  Looking into it....But I digress.



I can't see the logic behind those observation bunkers though.  Why not just paint them day glow orange and put up a sign saying "Here I am, bomb the heck out of me."  I figure one 16" round from any Cruiser or Battle ship through the slot would do it.  Better to just put up an out house with a half moon in the door and stick old Klaus in there.

I often think, what if Der Fuhrer just before he kicked Poland's door in had second thoughts.  Hey, maybe this isn't the best way to go about this.....and instead directed his evil genius toward technology, manufacturing, and making the world a better place to live.  

I hope the fellow presently residing in the top drawer of the Kremlin takes notice.

But then, we know that war stimulates progress. Sort of.  

But yes, I enjoy this post Lieven. Continue.

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Post  OVERLORD on Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:25 am

Glad you like those pics guys!!

Admin wrote:They are very cool yet scary. It is interesting how the Germans were able to build so many of those bunkers, many in difficult areas and rough terrain.

If you haven't see these guy's videos yet, you should check them out. They explore many of these WWII tunnels and bunkers across Europe. https://www.youtube.com/user/HistoricDepths

Thanks for posting!

The Atlantikwall coastal defense was a project the Germans came up with in 1942. However, all buildings were made by French companies and mainly by the collaborating Lafarge company that is still a major cement company in France. The building industry turnover in France went up from 16 million French francs in 1941 to 671 million FF in 1942.

I took these pictures last weekend in the village of Yport. On top of the plateau, South of Yport and just outside the village,6 guns were located of which 2 were in bunkers. They are stiil there.



One is still in use as a sheep stable.





Next to the second one, empty, the telephone company erected a cell phone mast.





This bunker is of the type 679. The building plan looks like this, with an arrow stating "feindwärts", direction of the enemy, just to make sure...:



Inside there is still the eye for lifting the cannon on a heavy steel half circular strip



This is the view from up there. Yport is on the right and in the background, the city of Fécamp.



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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:44 am

Wonderful pictures Lieven.  I had to google Yport to find it's location.  Looks like it's just North of the invasion beaches perhaps explaining why the bunkers are mostly untouched.  

The last picture reminds me of our old Florida home.  Looks like France has it's fair share of Gophers and Moles too.  Also England doesn't have the only "White Cliffs."  But, The White Cliffs of Yport just doesn't convey the same sentiment as........................

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqtaoz4QFX8

and................

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUx3MU9iM6c

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Post  getback on Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:53 am

Interesting post , i am not much on history i guess i was to busy building airplanes or something but i did enjoy the reading and pictures , Thank You !!
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Post  66 Malibu on Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:24 am

Lieven,
Ditto what everyone else said...great photos.....amazing effort put forth by the Nazis.
Seeing your post reminded me of some of the things my Dad told me about various enemy targets in Europe.
He was on a B-24 Liberator crew in the US 15th Air Force which hit many French targets.
He told me he was astounded when they hit the German U-Boat pens in France from 5 miles high with 2000 lbs "Blockbuster Bombs" and he could see them bounce off the concrete tops like jelly beans on a concrete floor.
As far as he knew they were never breached.
The bombs with that weight from that altitude must have been close to super sonic speeds when they struck the target !!!
I recall he also mentioned another French target that looked from above like farmland with cows and sheep that made an unbelievable blast shock wave at their altitude.
Later he asked "What they the H... was that?
He was told it was a German rocket fuel factory .....
Just some things Dad with reluctantly tell me from time to time ...
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Post  OVERLORD on Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:32 am

Great memories Steve. I know of 1 underground liquid fuel factory in France, that is in Caumont near the river Seine. Before the war, it was a mine for extracting chalk and silex. I never read about bombing of the site during the war. In fact, the factory was never in use and the project was abandoned in July 1944.

Yesterday, I was in Heuqueville, north of Le Havre. Just west of the village, there was a battery of four 105mm guns with a bunker for a machine gun, observation bunkers and a command bunker.

When leaving the village by the west, after a right turn in direction to the cliffs, you meet the German welcome committee in a bunker with a machine gun, now on the land of a farmer. The low long opening was for the machine gun to stick through.





A few meters further on the right, between the last houses of the village, there is a big observation bunker, maybe 4 or 5 meters high. The slot is mostly overgrown by plants.








Then, on the other side, in the field, a concrete circular construction indicates where a gun was located.








A view from above.



Walking down towards the cliffs, there is second circular structure for another gun. This one is in the middle of a field. The way leads then to the observation and command bunker at the cliff edge. The observation bunker hangs over the edge. I think this is caused by erosion. The command bunker is underground.






A view from above:

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Post  ticomareado on Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:13 pm

No tourist photos from Calais?

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Post  akjgardner on Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:19 pm

COOL PICS ...Thanks for posting
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