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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 19:23 pm 
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For all you WW2 Atlantic Wall and Fortifications folks .I have updated my photos on my web site with some new pics. Northern France. Please feel free to visit ....... Bunkerimages.co.uk . Regards Steve.

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Blinking heck, you must have covered some miles there!!! I don't suppose you visited a bunker on the side of the D514 at the side of the river near Ouistreham. Around the doorway was strafed with bullet scars. Really chilling, if i remember correctly, it's near the tower.


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Hi Steve, some really interesting images... thanks for sharing. I'm thinking of venturing over to France to visit some of these places... are there any guide books or websites that you would recommend?


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Hi guys. Thanks for the comments....fresh air sniper,loads of miles and plenty of fun and duty frees along the way, but have not found your bunker yet. It's now on the list cheers.
Les please try these sites or phone me i think you have the number,cheers...... Bunkersite.com and Bunkerpictures.nl ,these give locations and pics etc. lots to see nr calais and boulonge.

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Major Norton 82 wrote:
have not found your bunker yet. It's now on the list cheers.

Please don't go looking for the bunker off my directions, you never know where you'll end up!!
All I remember is, that's it sits at the side of a layby, it's covered in graffiti and I 'think' it was used as a night club. But the bullet scars, were very chilling. You could imagine a German exiting then just facing a hail of bullets :shock: .

I'm sure it was the first bunker we saw after we got off the ferry at LeHavre, just before the Ouitreham tower.


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It's on the East side of the Orne and lies on the Merville to Ranville road D514 around Sallenelles?
If its the first you saw coming from LeHavre then you missed a few inc the battery at Merville and the large beach front complex at Franceville Plage. They are not easily visible from the road though....
The bunker was originally marked on British maps of the defences as housing a field gun, this was revised at the end of May '44 to MG.
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=21 ... 3,0.018947

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You know that French OS maps (IGN) actually show bunkers on them?

Unlike British OS maps...

Makes finding bunkers rather easier :)

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The Blue series are almost essential for exploring WW2 sites in France.
http://www.dash4it.co.uk/store/go/categ ... 93_617_618

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Yes, the french blue series os maps do show most bunker locations and are my main guide to the locations. They are excellent but are now getting expensive...10/15 euros each. But well worth it in time saved looking. The Calais map 2103ET and the Boulogne map 2104 ET are highly recommened. These areas are only a short drive from the eurotunnel and can be visited on a day trip.Thanks Lemaitre for the info, i thought it was in that approx area i had seen it but did not stop due to time limits.. Thanks F.A.S i'll try to get to your bunker next time in Normandy and your right,when you know the history of an area or bunker complex it brings shivers to your spine.History you can touch and feel. cheers.

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If you can get them, the original German defence plans are interesting to have.

Shows things in a very different light to what you can see on the ground today.

Obviously it takes a bit of digging to get them - seem to remember there are a couple of expensive but excellent compendiums of them by sector. The books contain plans and period photos - we used one of them to explore the sector allocated to 17FD(L)

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LeMaitre wrote:
It's on the East side of the Orne and lies on the Merville to Ranville road D514 around Sallenelles?

It was 10 years since I saw it. I can't look on google maps as iron my ipad and it doesn't allow street view, your description sounds about right.


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Andrei.....I have been looking for orig or reprint german plans for years but with very little success .Can you please point me in the right direction. 17FD{l} plans would be great to look at. As the sites are today, it takes a bit of imagination to work out the defence area/strongpoint or Wn. there are only a few sites near Calais that i have found with trench systems still in place. Any help would be greatfully received.

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The book you want is one of the series “Le Mur de l'Atlantique” by Alain Chazette - its in French but don't let that put you off.

I'm not sure if they are still in print, i know a while back they were hard to source and expensive when you did.

Excellent books though!

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Andrei. Thanks for that .I have the EN NORMANDIE edition and several other excellent HEIMDAL publications. Rudi Rolfs atlantic wall typology is excellent for bunker layouts but does not have general maps or overall locations. What i am after is ground plans with detail layouts, but they are pretty rare beasts. Any help is always greatfully received.cheers.

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The one we used had exactly that...

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Looking at Amazon now, cheers.

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