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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dunkirk Beaches Bunkers

These bunkers are the remains of a WW2 Nazi coastal gun battery, known as M.K.B Malo Terminus. They are located near Leffrinckoucke, on a long beach area which stretches between Northern France and the Belgian border, between Dunkerque and Bray Dunes. The remains of four concrete 671 type gun emplacements lie toppled on the beach, behind which is a large three storey observation post. Various other buildings, including accommodation, shelters and other gun emplacements can also be found. There are also the remains of a 19th Century French fortification with casemated barracks and tunnels (which have been sealed to prevent access as the site is a bat reserve). Unfortunately, as the site is open access, it has been heavily vandalised and there is graffiti everywhere.

This site can be easily visited, but the appropriate care must be taken.

671 Gun emplacements on the beach

19thC French casemated barracks

Bunkers on the beach from the dunes

Inside one of the 617 Gun emplacements

Barbed wire entanglement

Obeservation Post

Another view of the Observation Post

Looking down the the accommodation area

Looking across the battery

Inside one of the two shelters

Looking into one of the 19thC Casemates

Looking out of one of the casemates

Inside the WW2 accommodation area

Tunnel entrance

Looking through the bat hole

1 comment:

Tony said...

Can anyone tell me where I can find more detail on the use of these specific bunkers during WWII? Anything on accounts of action, regiments stationed there etc would be welcome.