Stp Wrangel
Forgotten German WWII strongpoint(Stp or Stützpunkt) at De Panne Belgium

Update January 9 2012, February 12 2012, March 21 2012, April 6 2012, April 24 2012
(preliminary report - not complete)

All pictures © 2011-2012- Buran and Pierrot

All seems quit now, but this was a heavily fortified German WWII Strongpoint.

Camping Zeepark, This is still the De Panne area.  We found the dislocated 502, however while digging we could not find the bunker number.
Another 502 with bunker number OST-W 035-306 should still be there.  A R612(or 680) and L.A.G. bunker has disappeared.

Recently a succesfull and unexpected investigation by my friend Pierrot led to the discovery of a long forgotten WWII strongpoint at De Panne Belgium.
It is partially situated on the private grounds of Camping Zeepark and the now demolished 'Strandpark'.

Please note that this area is on 'Private Grounds' and not freely accessible !

Part of the 'Einsatzkarte 171JD from March 25 1943.

It still shows Wrangel as a W.N. location.

Map © 2012 Pierrot

Possible list of Stp Wrangel artifacts
(with thanks to Pierrot)

3 x 502(1 broken, 1 intact and 1 position known but not yet investigated)
1 x 631
1 x 134(not yet confirmed)
2 x L.A.G. confirmed, 1 still exists, 1 has disappeared.  L.A.G. stands for 'Landung Abwehr Geschuss'.
2 x 612(or 680)
1 x 667
Vf2a(at least one-maybe still there but most probably broken)
4 small ammunition bunkers with OB bunker.  2 ammunition bunker have been found near the still existing L.A.G.

We also found a concrete plate, maybe this is the roof of a small building.

Many Tobruks should be there, but we didn't find any.  Maybe they are all gone.

Google Earth map with actual positions of discovered artifacts.

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Above: this is the 'Strandpark' area.  J.Decoussmaeker was the architect but it is all gone by now.  You can already see the roof of the house build upon the still existing L.A.G. bunker.

Post War overlay: Some fortifications are already gone.

R502, this one is cracked.

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The broken R502, the bunker has been subject of an internal explosiont so a bunker number could not be found.  Below: Periscope still there.

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Here's the L.A.G. bunker with the 'Kampfraum' below.  This bunker has three protective walls.

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The building on the left hand picture is already gone.  It hides the two ammunition bunkers.

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Map © 2012 Pierrot

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Plan © 2012 Pierrot

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The entrances of the two small ammunition bunkers close  the L.A.G. bunker.
Inside the two ammunition bunkers.  After taking up measurements, the bunkers are sealed off again.

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During demolishment works at the 'Strandpark', one R502 has become free, it was situated beneath one of the bungalows of the 'Strandpark'.

It has bunker number OST-W 035-305

A few weeks earlier nothing could be seen of the R502, it was just beneath the white building in the foreground.

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Plan of the R502 © Rudi Rolf(www.rudirolf.name)

© 2012 P.Nowak.  Detailed plan of the R502.

The following pictures from this 502 and inside the bunker are credit © 2012 Pierrot

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St(ändig) and bunker number Ost-W 035-305.  There seems to be a correction from 505->305, also at the other entrance.(only first two numbers are overpainted)

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Demolishing has begon.  Below pictures february 6, 2012: © 2012 Buran

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First entrance.

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On March 18, 2012 we found the same panzer plate in a container...

German technical text.

Second 'Bereitschaftsraum' with the entrance of the periscope room.

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Right: Periscope room.

On Sunday, March 18, 2012 I returned for what I presume are the last pictures of the R502 bunker.

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Left: A HES 2.4 m2 ventilator we found in another bunker.  Right, the remains of the same kind of ventilator.

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Probably the last pictures of the R502(or what's left of it.)

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Some friends told me that a tunnel complex became visible just a few weeks after my last visit.  I tried to enter but was not able to make more investigations. I hope my friends did.
Unfortunately, the R502 and surroundings are gone by now making place for some modern Atlantikwall buildings at the Belgian Coast.

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Possible position of the OST-W 035-306 R502 but we only found debris.
It is quite possible that this bunker is situated much deeper into the dune sand then we thought.

Youtube movie.  More here:  http://debliedemaker.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/bunkers-afgebroken/#more-3179

This is also a very interesting blog from Freddy Penel:

 http://decoxydschegazette.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/kloek-beton-in-de-panne/

and

 http://decoxydschegazette.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/nog-een-mededeling-over-de-atlantikwall/
 
 

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