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Schnabelstand Bunkers

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by Michael Akkerman, May 4, 2020.

  1. Michael Akkerman

    Michael Akkerman New Member

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    German Observation Bunkers for gun batteries along the Atlantic Wall from WWII. I have only heard these types of bunkers called 'Schnabelstand' which I think translates to "Beak Position" if I'm not mistaken. The bunker is most notorious for being incorrectly depicted as a machinegun emplacement in the movie Saving Private Ryan. Does anyone have more information on these installations and their correct classification? I don't want to keep referring to them as 'Schnabelstand' if that is incorrect. 7123_i10.jpg 22109178158_1feafa723b.jpg 130713110046-thumbnail_IMG_0610.jpg
     
  2. belasar

    belasar Court Jester

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    Moved to more appropriate forum.
     
  3. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

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    The German word for observation bunker is Beobachtungsbunker, which like this one in the Channel Islands looks very familiar to yours. Sometimes they are called a pill box or blockhaus or simply a bunker but I guess it depends on their internal uses???

    Observation post Marine Peilstand 4 Channel Islands.jpg
     
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    ..they look like Beaks .....did they have any heating inside?
     
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    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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