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WW2 observation post on the Normandy coastline

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Aug. 23rd, 2013 | 11:22 pm
posted by: garonne in abandonedplaces

WW2 observation post on the Normandy coastline

On the cliffs above the French port of Fécamp (on the English channel) are perched a whole series of German "blockhaus" from the Second World War, built in 1942 in anticipation of an Allied invasion, and forming part of the "Atlantic Wall".

The bunkers and other installations nearest the road are locked up, but farther out along the cliff edge we found an observation post we could get into.

It was a strange experience: in the photos you see everything thanks to the flash, but it was pitch dark, we didn't have any kind of light and we could see nothing at all in some of the rooms and very little in others. So we navigated by camera, taking a flash photo of the floor in each room before stepping into it!

The observation post from the outside, with the sea in the background
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2. The entrance is on the other side
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3. Access to the roof (with rungs missing from the ladder)
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4. View from the roof (in fact it's the view from another identical observation post nearby)
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5. Entrance from a distance
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6. Entrance up close
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7. From the marks on the walls you can try to guess what the room must have looked like before
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11. Access to the observation room
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12. In the observation room
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13. View out through the little slit for observation
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14. It looked like this from the outside
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15. 180-degree panorama
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16. Other installations nearer to the road
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Disgruntled_Girl: Harbinger of Chaos.

I play Day of Defeat

from: disgruntledgrrl
date: Aug. 23rd, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
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The Normandy map .. WOW. This really is interesting! To see the actual bunkers and realize the map makers were spot on. To look at this and realize I've seen it before.
I thank you for posting these.
That must have been one heck of a walk!

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adafrog

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from: adafrog
date: Aug. 23rd, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.

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tripleransom

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from: tripleransom
date: Aug. 23rd, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Wow, how interesting! I instantly flashed on 'The Longest Day'. Thanks for posting these.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Aug. 24th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
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Interesting photo set!

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ღ Candy ❀ܓ

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from: candream
date: Aug. 24th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
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Very impressive!!

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