The ultimate fortification thread!

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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby TH » 20 Sep 2009 03:43

garlock wrote:When you say "armoured plate," are you referring to metal?


Yes, a steel plate. bunkersite.com shows some examples.

Also, the photo shows only part of the structure. Does this look like it is a discrete structure, or could it be only one gun emplacement in a larger fortification? It is probably not possible to tell.


I can't give you a definite answer, but most German bunkers had a very specific purpose.
It's probably a small gun emplacement.

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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby garlock » 20 Sep 2009 03:51

TH,
Thank you.
regards,
John

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Re: road block

Postby garlock » 22 Sep 2009 00:41

Maybe you folks would indulge me again. In my photo we see some type of road block. Is this being taken down or erected? Is it intended to be half-blocking the road so that vehicles can pass but not freely? You can see the construction: corrugated metal sheets encasing stones. Additionally, there are two cylindrical objects to the right of the road. Does this look familiar to anyone? The time period is probably May-June, 1940,and the location is probably France. Because there are Wehrmachtvehicles on both sides of the barricade, one doubts that the Germans are closing the road off.

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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby abigbagofpoo » 26 Sep 2009 10:38

festung Bordeaux
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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby AvB » 26 Sep 2009 11:20

garlock wrote:TH,
Thank you. The picture quality is not that good, just a snapshot by a soldier during the war. When you say "armoured plate," are you referring to metal? I was thinking that the photo showed a concrete structure with just an opening for the weapon. Also, the photo shows only part of the structure. Does this look like it is a discrete structure, or could it be only one gun emplacement in a larger fortification? It is probably not possible to tell.

By the way, this is a very interesting thread.

regards,
John


It's probably a Regelbau 505, if you go to http://bunkersite.com again and search for 505 you'll see some examples like the plate on your photo.

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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby garlock » 26 Sep 2009 12:06

AvB,
Thanks,
regards, John

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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby abigbagofpoo » 26 Sep 2009 12:52

Bordeaux Uboot base again
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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby abigbagofpoo » 26 Sep 2009 12:53

last one from the uboot base
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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby abigbagofpoo » 27 Sep 2009 09:08

French shelter
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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby kstdk » 27 Sep 2009 09:51

Hello

Nice pictures, i have also seen your excellent photos here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36376325@N06/sets/

Keep up the good work :D

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Kurt
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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby abigbagofpoo » 05 Oct 2009 19:05

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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby Flanker » 16 Oct 2009 20:55

Hi,
I'm hoping to tap your collective expertise to help answer a question that's been vexing me for a while now. Can anyone help identify where and what this fortification is? Any ideas what became of it after D-day?
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I first saw the image in R.W. Thompson's book D-day. The image caption reads “British bombardment of the mouth of the Orne, seen from German positions” so I suspect we are east of the Orne river maybe in Franceville east. And is this a Renault Ft-17 turret? I'm a real novice at this so would appreciate any help on offer.
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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby AvB » 17 Oct 2009 10:39

For me, this seems too high for the flat British beaches. It must be more towards Omaha, Utah.
It is indeed a FT17 turret with 3.7cm gun.

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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby Flanker » 20 Oct 2009 20:51

But is this photo not taken from a position to the east of the Orne and therefore outside the D-day landing area? Unless that is it has been reversed?

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Re: The ultimate fortification thread!

Postby Asbjørn » 31 Oct 2009 23:30

Looking for the following, original or copy, any language:

Renault FT-17 - Manual and parts list
Somua MCG5 - Manual
Panzer III or StuG III - Manual and parts list
8,8 cm Flak 36 - Parts list and electrical diagram
150 cm Scheinwerfer G150K - Manual


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