Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 12 Jun 2014 17:37

I'm back from another trip to Crete. The "minimuseum" at Cafe Hill 107 has been removed. The two Mk VIII torpedoes at Tavronitis bridge has been vandalized and (appaerantly) the access to Maleme airfield has been cut off.

I have revised my POI-files after the trip with new and adjusted locations for WW2-related sites/museums and objects (the older files in previous post should be ignored: Due to limitations of this forum they can't be deleted :-| ).

I hope the files are useful to someone, and any feedback with corrections (and especially additions) are most welcome!

Note: The attached files are zip-format, but as the forum for some obscure reason won't allow such files as attachment, I have altered the extension to "pdf".
Ie: To open the files, just change back to "zip", and then install the files on your satnav-unit (TomTome Home, TomTom MyDriveConnect, Garmin POI-loader etc).
For use on other satnav-brands: Use http://www.poieditor.com or POIEdit (http://www.dnote.com) etc to convert, or PM me for assitance.
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by AvB » 13 Jun 2014 10:15

Thanks Natter, very nice research!

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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Ondrej Filip » 13 Jun 2014 13:00

Hi Natter, which sites you have visited?

A lot of locations are marked as probable at the map and no traces are visible at the satellite images (but actual quality of the Google images of Crete is not perfect).

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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 15:41

Ondrej Filip wrote:A lot of locations are marked as probable at the map and no traces are visible at the satellite images (but actual quality of the Google images of Crete is not perfect).
There are only 4 sites marked as "possible location" in the files: Each of these locations have some sort of objects visible on satelite photos, justifying a closer inspection (I was planning on doing that, but due to health-issues I wasn't able to check all of them).

* German MKB 7./520 Dramia [3x15,5cm K416(f)]: I placed this marker at a point I reckon was a suitable candidate for the battery-location (ref name and a couple of possible concrete-constructions on satelite photo), but this one is very uncertain indeed.
* German MKB 1./520 Iraklion-Ost [6x15,5cm K418(f)]: Here are very obvious traces of a battery (6 open gunpits and a command bunker), but it needs to be verified by a visit of course as you can be fooled by satelite-imagery.
* German HKB 4./834 Nopigi [3x10,5cm 340(g)]: This area has a lot of WW2-remains. Wether they are traces of this battery is uncertain, but it should have been located in this general area.
* German HKB ?/? (near Chrisostomos): Here are some obvious traces visible on satelite photo (bunker and open gunpit), but wether these are actual remains or something else is hard to tell without a visit.

For the rest of the objects in the POI-files, they have all been verified by available sources and/or visits by myself and others.

Besides Cape Spatha, the highest located objects of the Kolymvary battery and some of the numerous memorials I think I have been on most sites in the Chania-region by now.
For my next visit I will probably choose a hotel in the Heraklion-area, to cover more ground on the eastern part of Crete (also, I will go in september/october to avoid the massive appearance of bugs and insects... It was just not possible to explore some of the tunnels due to the mosquitos and spiders - I even met a couple of snakes this time, in Georgiopuli).
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:12

Some photos from the tunell-facility and the Marine-leitstand at Drapaono (note the green mosquitos on the tunell wall - truly a discusting place...):
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:24

Kokino-Choro:
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:26

The large german tunell-facility in Maleme:
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:27

Kolymvary:
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:28

Nopigi:
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:31

Platanias - HKB (leitsand):
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:33

Platanias - St Dimitrios church and tunell-entrance:
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:35

Platanias - Tunells/museum:
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:45

Tavronitis:
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:48

Near Georgiopuli:
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Re: Batterie Kolimvari on Crete

Post by Natter » 13 Jun 2014 16:50

Georgiopuli:
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