The British were of course outgunned with two 14 inch and two 15inch guns facing four 15 inch and three 16 inch guns of the German Kriegsmarine. Not to mention the further six lesser calibre guns that could also put shells firmly onto British soil at a push. So for every four massive shells we sent their way the Germans sent thirteen massive shells back. One of the reasons Dover was called "Hellfire Corner".
The Drive along the D940 from Calais to Boulogne is a military historians dream trip; bunkers abound both inland and on the coast. At Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez in addition to gun batteries the Germans mounted two powerful Radar Stations that kept watch across the Straight; much of what they built is still there in one form or another today albeit used in some cases as Bat Sanctuaries.
German ingenuity saw no bounds and on our last trip we set ourselves the goal of finding "Breslau". The massive bunkers built along the Atlantic wall required vast quantities of concrete, just looking at what remains today really makes one appreciate what a task this must have been; Vast amounts of concrete require vast amounts of water and though coastal, seawater just cannot be used to mix concrete. So the Germans thought this problem out and solved it by building a vast underground rain water collection cistern and from this supplied ample fresh water to the concrete mixers building the numerous bunkers. The site of this large cistern has never been fully appreciated for what it was and took the German code word of "Breslau". We are pleased to say that we have now located and photographed what remains of Breslau and can report that much of it is still used today as a French water authority reservoir.
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