99801 2nd Lt W R Cresswell MC and a Blockhouse

Discussion in '1940' started by Drew5233, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. John West

    John West Active Member

    Hi Christian, try looking north about 5km up the D916 to Hardifort and I think you should find it hidden within a small industrial estate area
    Chemin de la Wissche, Hardifort, Hauts-de-France
     


  2. 50°49'33.1"N 2°28'41.0"E
     
  3. ChrisBa

    ChrisBa Member

    Oh, i was searching for Le Pequel. Google maps has it as Le Peckel.

    Yes, thats the bunker I meant in my post above. I understood it right, that this is the blockhouse of Lt. Cresswell?

    I think my photo shows another blockhouse of the same type as "mine" looks undamaged compared to John's photo.

    All the best
    Chris
     
  4. krees

    krees Member

    bon bon bon j
     
  5. krees

    krees Member

    bon matin voici quelques photos du peckel blauckhaus [ATTACH = full] 292259 [/ ATTACH] [ATTACH = full] 292260 [/ ATTACH]
     

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  6. krees

    krees Member

    [QUOTE = "ChrisBa, message: 919168, membre: 83513"] Bonjour Dave,
    Désolé de vous avoir laissé attendre. Voici la photo.
    Malheureusement, ma mémoire m'a mal servi. Au dos il n'y a pas d'écrit "Cassel" mais "Nordpeene" qui se trouve dans le quartier de Cassel. Ce n'est probablement pas le blockhaus du Lt Cresswell car il ne montre aucun dommage de combat.

    Chris [/ QUOTE]

    plusieurs blauckhaus du meme type Arneke Noordpeene
    voici une photos de celuis de arneke
     

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  7. Dave H

    Dave H Junior Member

    on the 1937 Maps its shows as Le Pequel and Hardifort
     
  8. ChrisBa

    ChrisBa Member

    Krees, thank you very much for the photos! The blockhouse of Lt. Cresswell looks definetely much more riddled with holes than the one from my photo.

    Dave, thank you for the answer. That makes things more clear.

    I want to ask again: Is there some kind of map of the locations of the blockhouses around Cassel?
    And when have these blochouses been built?
     
  9. John West

    John West Active Member

    My understanding is that the French planned to extend their Maginot line along the Belgian border but many of these bunkers were incomplete by the time of the German invasion. Lord Gort had tried to accelerate the process of bunker-building, but the Le Pequel bunker was still under construction and incomplete during the battles in May 1940.
     
  10. Dave H

    Dave H Junior Member

    Not sure of any maps showing where they all were.
    They were actually being built when the war started. When Lt Cresswell took over the Blockhouse they had to remove scaffolding that was around the building and the roof over the cupola was not finished either. This is where the Germans threw in some grenades and started a fire inside the Blockhouse but the British troops simply put a blanket across the area to block out the smoke and boiled eggs on the fire!!
     
  11. krees

    krees Member

    Bonjour voici 2 cartes
     

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  12. krees

    krees Member

    Plan des blockhaus( tous identique)
     

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  13. krees

    krees Member

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  15. Smithy

    Smithy Junior Member

    Those maps are really interesting krees. I think I spotted the one between Arneke and Cassel back in 2015.
     

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  16. krees

    krees Member

    Bonjour , c'est bien celui d Arneke
     

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