Oostende - Stp Hundius/MKB Hundius

Updated October 30 2004, March 28 2011, June 21 2013, May 2017
Pictures © 2017 T.Cools

All Plans are 2011 ©Rudi Rolf(www.rudirolf.name)

Sources:Atlantikwall: Frank PHilippart, Documentation kindly provided by 'Domein Raversyde'.
Atlantikwall in Zeeland and Vlaanderen, Sakkers/Houterman, Regelbauten: Rudi Rolf, i
nventaris.onroerenderfgoed.be and different other sources.

Some facts about the battery

AOK15 KVA A3
Occupied by Marine Artillerie Abteiling 2/204 and on October 8 1943 also with 3/204.

-Located at the 'Vuurtorenweg' Oostende Belgium.
-Named after Paul Hundius, a German submarine commander of WWII.
-German and Ukrainian POW's constructed the battery.
-Originaly installed at the 'Halve Maan' Position with 4 Polish 7.5cm FK 02/26(p) guns it moved to its current position on July 1 1943.
-From May 4 1944 - equiped with 4x10.5cm SK L/40 naval guns in R671 bunkers.  One was kept in an open position.

The Stp Hundius was made of numerous anti aircraft guns and MG.
At the end of May 1944 the battery was made of 5xR134, 3XR502, 4XR671 and one M157 Leitstand.
Another bunker of what is probably a M270 was constructed but has disappeared.
The R134 is sometimes beeing confused with the 52aSK.  The R134 served as a 'Ammunition Storage bunker.
Location 30 has been confirmed a second time.  A R515 has been incorporated into the dike but isn't visible anymore.

With the Atlantikwall Belgium group(A.W.B.) we discovered the existance of a L409 'Geschützstand für 3.7cm Flak' - March 28 2011.(see further)
 

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Location of the Mkb Hundius battery: Left: The circle with cross represents the lighthouse of Ostend harbour.
At the left there's the 'Halve Maan' battery and the numbered location represents the Hundius battery wich you can see on the right map.
These two charts are extracted from the NGI(Nationaal Geografisch Instituut) CD-ROM and may not be reproduced.  Numbers are assigned with a Garmin Etrex Legend GPS device.  There's some doubt about the first R671(number 2) location.  As the GPS device wasn't yet synchronised with the Navstar satellites yet, this location must be moved a
little more into the NE direction.

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Left: Partial overview of the Hundius Marine battery: Left you have number 3, One of the three R502 bunkers.
Upper right there's the M157 Leitstand(7) and further on you can see two R671 bunkers.

Right: R502 number 3 with next to it a number 4, a concrete shelter or office.
In the background you can see 2 R671 bunkers, number 2 and 5.

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R502 number 3: 'Doppelgruppenunterstand' bunker.
Room number 3='Bereitschaftsraum and Room number 1='Gasschleuse'.
Numbers are from Rudy Rolf.

Bunker Number, this one seems to be re-painted.

General view of Stp Hudius.

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Left: Entrance to number 18(Vf52aSK) and a tunnel which leads to a brick building, number 17.
Right picture: Corridor which leads to the two rooms of the Vf52aSK.

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Number 17: Brick building and underground gallery.
The picture on the right leads to the exit near the Vf52aSK above.

R134 Plan.  Numbers are from Rudi Rolf(c) www.rudirolf.name.

There is still confusion if the Vf52aSk's are in fact a R134...
Two special entrances are constructed on each of the Vf52aSK bunkers at the Hundius battery.

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R671 (c)Rudi Rolf www.rudirolf.name

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From left above to right under: All 4XR671 bunkers of the Hundius battery.
Nr 2,5,19,23 on plan.

Ground plan is from Rudi Rolf and numbers are 4: 'Minutionsraum' and 5: 'Kampfraum'.

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Backside of number R671 number 2(see above) and entrance of the backside with sight on the 'Kampfraum'(5)

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Left: left 'Munitionsraum(4)'.
Right: right 'Munitionsraum(4)'.

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M157 Leitstand.  Number 7 on map.

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Bulgarian delegation visits the MKB, approximately the same location on July 24 1944.

Another view on this impressive bunker.

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MG Gun and Observation post near location number 9.  Inside the bunker there is still a direction finder painted above the observation window(difficult to see here)

A 10.5cm SK L/40 naval gun meant for one of the R671 bunkers was placed in an open field position of 360°.
SK=Schnelladekanone
L=Länge

Second open position for 10.5cm gun.  A R671 is on the background.

Second R502 bunker.  Number 22 on plan.

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Two bunkernumbers on the R502 from above.  Ostende 01/II 104

Bereitschaftsraum(left room number 3).

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Office section: number 15.

Left entrance of R134(number 28).  This is the only entrance of this type.
The other R134 bunkers have a direct access under ground.

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Left: Very clean entrance, just like new.
Middle: At the end of the same entrance there's a number written on the wall.  Ostende 01/II 101 ?
Right: Corridor view but from the other entrance.

This should have been the position were the 515 was located.  It is now incorporated into the dike.
Number 30 on plan.

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Left: Number 31, R502 but obscured by another brick building.
Right: Number 32, R134.
Both bunkers are private property and cannot be entered.  Location on the chart is aproximate.

The R134(some say 52aSK) at location number 32 on map, Above outsite, beneath, inside.

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Below: L409(not on map !)

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Rudi Rolf plan of a L409.  It is a bunker like this we descovered recently on this site.  Here are some interiour pictures.

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Bunker number Ostende 01/II-108

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At the entrance of the bunker there's some kind of weapon shield.  I found out that one word is 'HUNDIUS'.  Second proof that this is a Stp Hundius bunker.

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Above and below: Electric wire closet.

Inside 3 'Bereitschaftsraum.

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Emergency exit(Notausgang) with text 'Rauchentwicklung am tage und bei hellen nachten vermeiden'.

Above: 4 'Munitionsraum.  It seems that the bunker was used for 2cm Flak instead of 3.7cm.  It seems that there was an explosion inside.

More links about the discovery you can find here:

 http://bunkerblog.eu/?p=888
 http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=176198

Here is the famous Fortress Napoleon, the only brick construction left over of the Napoleonitic era.
It has been used in the first and second world war.

Not far away you can find some brick constructions.

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A trench leading to some kind of observation post.  Still intact January 14 2008.
Below, collapsed or destroyed, situation February 8 2011.

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The other side showing some compartiments.

Not far away there's a brick construction.(February 8 2011)

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It seems to be a WW1 Iron cross, but a correspondent told us it was already there in 1913...
More information needed, is there a story to be told ?

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