Batterie Oldenburg

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Cultus
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Batterie Oldenburg

Post by Cultus » 07 Nov 2022 21:54

Does anyone know how Germany came to be in possession of two of the Russian ship Rurik’s 250 mm cannon. Supposedly there were taken when the Germans captured the Rurik in the battle for Bilau, Latvia in 1915. This isn’t true. The Rurik was never captured by the Germans. The Rurik was broken down for scrap by the Russians in 1923 after the guns had all been taken off the ship. Eventually they fell into German hands, were reconfigured by Krupps and ultimately were moved to Le Moulin Rouge on the outskirts of Calais where large casemates were built around them to form the Batterie Oldenburg.

My questions are:

How and when did the Germans get them.
What is the origin of the name Le Moulin Rouge.
Any other information about the inter war period and these large cannon.

Thank you

v60pih
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Re: Batterie Oldenburg

Post by v60pih » 07 Nov 2022 22:24

Hello, did you see this topic?

viewtopic.php?f=70&t=148547

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Re: Batterie Oldenburg

Post by ROLAND1369 » 11 Nov 2022 00:31

The Rurik was never in possession of the Germans. From 1916 after mine damage it was laid up at Kronstadt for repairs until it was scrapped at Petrograd during 1924-1925.

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Re: Batterie Oldenburg

Post by ALVF » 11 Nov 2022 14:39

Hello,

The "Batterie Oldenburg" was built by germans during the Great War.
Here is a german document send to Général Nollet president of "Commission Militaire Interalliée de Contrôle" (CMIC) in 1920 by Generalleutnant Von Cramon "représentant qualifié du gouvernement allemand auprès de la Commission Militaire Interalliée de Contrôle". The document depicts every gun of the german coast batteries with number of guns in battery "Anzahl", the model of the gun "Geschütze Art.", the number marked on the gun "Rohr" and the number marked on the carriage "Lafetten". The guns were former russian 10'' coast guns captured in russian land fortress in 1915 and in coast batteries in 1917:
Oldenburg.jpg
Yours sincerely,
Guy François.
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Re: Batterie Oldenburg

Post by Cultus » 11 Nov 2022 17:16

Interesting. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to this discussion.

Cheers, Jay

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