H.K.B Westende Plage: Stp Seydlitz

Updated June 23 2009, January 8 2011
Updated November 17 2010 with pictures of the R502 and pictures by P. Karpeta and R.Thijs.
Updated June 13 2015 with new Vf7b discovered.  NEW

All pictures are © 2010 T.Cools exept;
those provided by Paul Karpeta are © 2010 Paul Karpeta
Those provided by R.Thijs are © 2010 R.Thijs

The following bunkers were build
1 x 196, 3 x 501, 3 x 502n 2 x L402
4 x 679 were planned but never build.

And several Vf bunkers.

Arms
6 x 15.5cm K.418(f), 1 x 2cm Flak, 1 x 3.7cm Flak, 1 x 7.5cm Kw.K, 1 x 4.7cm Kw.K, 1 x 2cm Kw.K30, 9 x M.G.
1 x 150cm and 1 x 60cm Searchlights

(source: Atlantikwall in Zeeland en Vlaanderen: Hans Sakkers, Hans Houterman)

Aerial picture provided by Pierrot with some bunker locations.
The important discovery is the R501 East of the demolished L402.
The discovery was made thanks to Pierrot's intensive research work.
A correspondent told me that the Vf7 is becomming free, in fact its a Vf7a with bunker number OST-W 152.
(see further)

Google Earth map with the locations.  I decided not to add a KMZ file to this picture.
Remember that some of these bunkers are not freely accessible.

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Vf7a OST-W 166

Part of the L(Leicht) is visible above the number.

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Minimax tekst above the entrance inside the room of the Vf2A bunker.
Minimax is a fire extinguisher company which is still in buisiness.

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By coïncidence, at my work I discovered that our fire-extinguisher sprinkler-system is the Minimax company !

Cropped picture of the Minimax text.

Due to the problems which rose with the Moving Dunes near the Calidris hotel, the excess of sand has been thrown over the bunkers which are now completely inaccessible.

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View on a Tobruk type 58d.  It is situated between de WWI and R502 bunker.

Not far away from the Tobruk there is a R502.

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OST-W 013-233

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Inside the bunker.

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These two pictures above and the one below are kindly provided by Paul Karpeta and date from 1971
when the bunker was still accessible.  The picture below also shows some other WWII artefacts,
they probably still exist but are buried in dune sand.

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Vf7b OST-W 153

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June 2015: A Vf7b is comming free.  On the map above, it is indicated as a Vf7 so we knew its position.
Only because of the walking dunes one of the entrances is nearly free.
Barely visible is its bunker number OST-W 152.  It is in line with the other Vf7b close by.

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Almost filled up with sand.

Some 60's names on the roof.
 

My friend Robert standing near the 'Blue' Tobruk(58d).  It is not visible anymore.

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April 27 2009: Discovery of a 501, exactly as predicted by Pierrot !
Except we are not sure which bunker this would be. This bunker would lead us to the limit of our power.

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April 30 2009: Continuation with digging up the bunker, it could be a 501 build  in mirror image but we are not sure.
That day we were digging more than 3m deep but couldn't find the entrance.
We had to close everything again and continue another day.

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June 7 2009: Election day but at last after hours and hours of digging we found the entrance left of the iron ladder.

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Ost-W
013-226
Remark the number written with a lead pencil above the real number.
We've seen that on other locations in the area.

501 Plan ©Rudi Rolf(www.rudirolf.name)

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Looking in the direction of 1, Gasschleuse and 3, Bereitschaftsraum.

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Emergency exit not mentioned on plan, with text.

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German text inside the Bereitschaftsraum

3. Bereitschaftsraum.  Steel plate is gone.

The anti-tank wall at the beach.

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These old postcards were kindly provided by a correspondent, Mr Thijs.  You can find his post-card link on the main page.

Anti-tank wall, post war pictures.

This seems to be a 501 located near the beach.  Yet to be identified.

WWI/WWII debris, but post war picture.

There are also some WWI remains at this Strongpoint.

Tobruk 58d, very good preserved.

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