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    Default German WWII coastal battery, Austrått fort, Norway.

    A couple of hours drive from Trondheim where i live. The turret with 3 28CM guns, is actually the C turret from 'Gneisenau' - the german WWII battlecruiser, sistership of the 'Scharnhorst'. The ship was damaged in an air raid in 1942, and it was decided to remove the main guns and employ them in the coastal battery role. This battery was operational by 1943. I think this is the only surviving turret.







    I assume this is a rangefinder. It is next to the turret.











    I am not sure what this is, next to the turret.









    The Gneisenau in Narvik



    And now some pics from the interior of the fort. Some 300 men were garrisoned here.


    The entrance to the installation. Some 5 stories down in the mountain, on the backside of the turret.


    A totem pole, made by a german soldier who was a woodcarver, who served at the battery.



    Some detail from the totem. The short guy among the soldiers near the top, is their commander, who was really short. He was 30 years old, Leutnant Holger Christiansen. Other details on the totem, is the girfriends and wiwes, children etc. back home in Germany. Things they missed, and scenes from their duties at the battery. The biggest detail near the bottom, is of a soldier on guard duty in a heavy wintercoat, freezing his ass off.


    Turret commander. 30 year old Leutnant Holger Christiansen. Picture of the portrait is slightly out of focus, unfortunately.



    Searchlight. Parked near the entrance.






    Not sure about the calibre of this one - 10.5CM perhaps?





    One can see the rails, where shells were transported





    Rangefinder










    The 4 diesel generators providing electrical power to the installation, is still in perfect condition, and are run several times a year.



    Living quarters. Deep inside the mountain.

    18-24 men in each room.

    Bathroom

    Showers. They had hot water.

    Entrance to the toilets - waterclosets.



    I believe the yellow shells are HE, and the blue AP. They weigh about 310KGs each. Range was around 40KMs. They could achieve an impressive rate of fire: 17 seconds between each round, more than 3 rounds a minute ( per barrel )!



































    Commanders position inside the turret. He fired the guns.


    Entrance to the turret.






    Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
    Last edited by PeterG; 08-05-2006 at 01:19 PM.

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    Thats just wicked man. Good pics!

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    A totem pole, made by a german soldier who was a woodcarver, who served at the battery.



    And some say the Germans would have no humor...

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    nice pics. thank you peterg

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    Awesome work............thank you

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    Top picspics of the facility. Bet the Brits would have paid you a mint for them in 1944!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG
    . I think this is the only surviving turret.
    It is. The turret at Fjell were sold for scrap in the late 60's. Excellent pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kinghk
    It is. The turret at Fjell were sold for scrap in the late 60's. Excellent pics.
    Thx. The pics are of course resized, if anyone wants higher resolution pics, just send me a PM, and i will mail them.

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    Great photos. I wonder if the guns can still be fired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEGEND View Post
    Great photos. I wonder if the guns can still be fired.
    No unfortunately they cant, I think. But if I'm wrong in that assumption and the gun craddle hydraulics and the elevation mechanics of the gun do work, it can only fire straight ahead in it's present position, as regards azimuth, since the turret turnable have rusted solid due to a period with lack of maintainance of the facility.
    And on another note: The ex German turkish battlecruiser I mention above was apparently scrapped in 1973, so the gun turret at Austråt is the only more or less intact piece of German battleship technology left bar some shell and casings.

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    Great pics and info. Thanks very much.

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    very very nice pics
    thanx

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    Wondering,who had built all this?
    Most likely POW's,who were killed after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksark View Post
    Wondering,who had built all this?
    Most likely POW's,who were killed after.
    Aha, what makes you think so?



    Anyway: Great pics, thanks for sharing them.

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    great pics!!!!
    this thing is so well built that i think it could be operative in a week of work

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