Saturday, 7 August 2010

A very small bit of the Atlantic Wall

One thing I like to do when staying in Brittany is to track down bits of the Atlantic Wall, in the form of bunkers, blockhaus and tobruk stands. These are usually pretty trashed and not very nice to explore, being used for various unpleasant purposes and in pretty dodgy places.

However, today I found this cracking example of what I think is an observation and command bunker set back about a kilometre from the beach near a little village on the Bay of Audierne. It has been used as a store for old farm machinery by the locals but is otherwise untouched, being well off the beaten path.

As you can see, it has the remains of a plan of the complex of adjacent trenches and gunpits that have presumably been buried since the war. This was marked on the wall to the left of the frontal observation position. Above this there is what appears to be the words Feuerplan.

Next to the exit on the right had side of the wall were some written words in large red letters but these are harder to make out. There were also some ammunition lockers recessed into the side walls with the original wooden liners.

I think this has to be the most well preserved bunker I've seen and even She Who Shall Not Be Named said it was 'interesting', although she did bang her head on the way out so may have been delirious.

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