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U-Boat Pens

Discussion in 'German U-Boats' started by Jim, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Jim

    Jim Active Member

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    The two-pen Scorff bunker at Lorient in the final stages of construction. The left pen still being protected by a coffer dam. The raised central structure on the roof housed a flak gun for defence against low-flying enemy aircraft.


    The Bordeaux U-Boat pens tinder construction. This aerial view shows the sheer size of the construction site. The basic layout is already clearly visible with the individual pen foundations completed and the separating walls between the pens being erected. To the rear of the pens can be seen the structures which would contain the various workshop areas. No site this large can be hidden from enemy aerial reconnaissance, yet the U-Boat bunker complexes were all successfully completed without incurring significant damage from enemy attacks.


    The side wall of the St Nazaire bunker. The figure to the bottom right gives some idea of the sheer size of this amazing structure. Like most of the French bunkers, it is in surprisingly good condition.


    (Chris Boonzaier)

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