Westwall

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Post by Erik E » 04 Apr 2003 10:19

Hallo!

I am just starting to get an overwiev on my 800+ photos from my Westwall holidays.......

Most of the westwall was destroyed by the allies after the war. The area of Saarland was captured by the French, so allmost everything in this region still remains. A few years later, the Saarland became German again, but the fortifications remained!

Program:

Day1:
WTS Museum, Koblenz
+ westwall in the town Merzig.

Day2:
Westwall in the villages Mettlach & Beckingen

Day3:
The French counterpart "Maginot-line"
+ The famous battlefield of "Spichernhöhe"

Day4:
Westwall in Dillingen area (Attacked 1944)

Day5:
Westwall near the town of Saarbrücken
+ the famous battlefield of "Orscholzriegel"

I think I will use this topic to show some photos from each day, so I will start off with day 1.

As I have allready showed you "Ulrike" at WTS, I can post some photos of her friends :D
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Post by Erik E » 04 Apr 2003 10:20

Some more.......
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Post by Erik E » 04 Apr 2003 10:22

Some more.......
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Post by Korbius » 04 Apr 2003 10:43

Hi Erik, where was that emplacement situated that shot the bullets of the Stg44 in 90 degree to the side?

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Post by Daniel L » 04 Apr 2003 11:38

What is the weapon seen above the FG42's?

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Post by Erik E » 04 Apr 2003 11:58

What is the weapon seen above the FG42's?


It is a prototype of the same weapon. the ones below is the 1st & 2nd production models.

where was that emplacement

I don`t know......The signs only told about the purpose........

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Post by Korbius » 04 Apr 2003 12:10

Erik E wrote:I don`t know......The signs only told about the purpose........


Could it have been placed on the top of the bunkers so enemy infantry doesn't crawl on top?

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Post by Erik E » 04 Apr 2003 12:15

Well, maybe it could, but I don`t think this was the plan......
When this equipment was produced, the Germans had stopped constructing new bunkers, and those few they still controlled were in the frontlines....(not good for rebuilding)

I think this was meant for streetfighting, maybe placed in houses or even in the streets itself.....

I know we have discussed this "Krummerlaüf" before, but did we see this "device" back then???

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Post by Daniel L » 04 Apr 2003 12:24

Probably it was used in a tank, maybe the Elephant?

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Post by Korbius » 04 Apr 2003 12:27

Erik E wrote:I know we have discussed this "Krummerlaüf" before, but did we see this "device" back then???

Krummerlauf was used for the first time in Stalingrad, wasn't it?

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Post by Erik E » 04 Apr 2003 17:26

Day 2 included a visit to the last remaining "B-werk" in the Westwall.

The B-werk had 2 MG copulars, 1 observation copular, M19 grenadelauncher, flamethrower and much more! It was manned by 90 soldiers, had 43 rooms over 2 floors. The price for this "fortress" was 1300000 Reichmark in 1937!

In short: Very impressive :)
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Post by Marcus » 04 Apr 2003 17:30

Erik,

Great photos as always. May I use them in the museums section?

/Marcus

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Post by Erik E » 04 Apr 2003 17:39

Several other bunkers were placed in the hillsides behind, among them, several R-105 for MG. Many of them are still in good shape with original camo and numbering. Even inside is worth a look 8)
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Post by Erik E » 04 Apr 2003 17:44

Great photos as always. May I use them in the museums section


Thanks for your kind words Marcus!

You can use both these and those in the "Ulrike" post if you want :wink:

Just for the records:

Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung (WTS)
Mayener Str. 87 56070 Koblenz

Open from 09:30-16:30 every day!

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Post by Javichu » 04 Apr 2003 20:07

That curved barrel StGw44 was intended to be used in Tanks´s roof against close infantry and was aimed with an episcope.It was a similar concept that the one of the Nahverteidigungswaffe.
I think that it was used in few (If any) very late Panzers.I believe it was mentioned as related to late war Jagpanzer IV...But I´m not sure of when and where :?

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