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Sunday, August 31, 2008
MKB Fort Lapin, Calais
This WW2 gun battery is located on the dunes near Bleriot Plage, Calais. It consists of a M176 casemate, which would have held the gun, behind which is a 19th Century fort which appears to have been utilised as a shelter. The fort is in a poor state with the roof partially destroyed, although a gallery of casemated rooms still survives, as does a bunker, which was probably the control room for the battery during WW2.
This battery site is on open land, but care must be taken if visiting as there are hidden hazards.
The M176 casemate
Rear of the casemate, with a gun port protecting the entrance
Steps going into the rooms inside the casemate
Passage inside linking the rooms
The remains of the old 19th Century fort
Entrance, which has a swastika and 1941 written in the concrete
Passage into the old fort
Looking through the rooms, which were probably accomodation