Is this from ww2?

Discussion in 'General' started by Shem74, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Shem74

    Shem74 New Member

    Hello all,
    I'm currently on holiday in Brittany and came across this whilst out exploring a nearby beach. As you can see part of it has collapsed and it's been heavily graffitied on. I was wondering if you can shed any light if it is from ww2.

    Thanks Adie

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  2. Owen

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  3. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    The photos of bunkers are similar to the concrete look-out bunkers which were dotted along the sand dunes in my hometown in NE England. Also there were huge concrete cubes meant to stop tanks etc which now seem to have sunk down into the sand leaving a few sinkholes.
    The land on your Brittany beach is more rocky, so the bunkers will have lasted longer.
    Sea defences on both sides of the Channel and North Sea.
  4. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    All connected with the Atlantic Wall fortifications.

    Where the strata is predominantly sandy and thus friable,the foundations are subject to sea erosion.I remember seeing a bunker,on the west coast of Denmark all forlorn, intact and lying as a structure which had been washed up on the beach.Danish west coast sea erosion
    has resulted in a lighthouse being jacked up recently and relocated further inland

    From visiting Brittany ,the north coastline is rocky and as such, sea erosion does not dominate.The entry to le Conquet harbour,north of Brest is good example where wartime fortifications have survived by being constructed into rock faces and remain untouched by having solid rock foundations.A very good example that these fortifications would present to an invasion from the sea.

    The south Brittany coast line is very sandy and it is more likely to find the A.W fortification foundations subject to sea erosion especially in the Morbihan.

    Interested to know where in Brittany the frames were shot.
  5. Shem74

    Shem74 New Member

    Thank you for all your replies so far.
    I was aware of the atlantic wall defence started by the Germans and also the web site posted I've used that for reference around roscoff.. I'm grateful for the link though. This one isn't listed on there as I can see I just stumbled across it. I've taken a map screen shot for your reference the red maker is the said building.
    Thanks Adie.

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  6. Sytzama

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  7. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    From what I can ascertain,the location is Ilot (small island) Ste Anne which lies off the western side of the Baie de Morlaix close to St Pol de Leon which is the attached coastal town.A short distance north lies the port of Roscoff.

    Probably Ste Anne has been misrepresented as Ste Agne

    A causeway from St Pol de Leon connects the small island of Ste Anne to the may not have been so during the war.Further out from the island into the baie is another causeway.

    A look at the aerial photograph show the two causeways and the island.

    Google Maps
  8. Shem74

    Shem74 New Member

  9. Shem74

    Shem74 New Member

    Yes there is a causeway which is used as a car park for day trippers and connects to a boating club. The bunk is hidden on the other side of the said island. your most likely are correct in saying it probably wasn't there 80 years ago.

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