German Naval Bases in France.

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German Naval Bases in France.

Post by tigre » Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:55 am

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Kriegsmarine Naval Bases in France.

The first plan of the Kriegsmarine High Command decided that Brest would be a first-order Naval Base. As naval bases of second order for light surface forces were intended the ports of Cherbourg (up to destroyers) and Boulogne (S-Boote). Le Havre and Saint-Malo were intended as a naval bases of third-order for light surface forces up to destroyers.

On the Atlantic coast were also provided as naval bases of second-order, Saint Nazaire and Lorient; the first port for naval forces of all types and the second for submersibles (Lorient in turn was envisioned as a naval base of third-order for surface forces until light cruisers). Further south were provided the ports of La Rochelle-Rochefort and Bayonne as operational naval bases for light surface forces (Torpedo boats and destroyers); in turn on the Quiberon Peninsula was established an anchorage for naval forces of all types.

Source: Militärgeschichte Zeitschrift für historische Bildung-Heft 2-2010.

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Re: German Naval Bases in France.

Post by tigre » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:26 am

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Kriegsmarine Naval Bases in France.

Source: U Boote. Eine Bildchronik 1939-1945.

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The U 30 (Type VIIA) entering Lorient July 7, 1940 ....................
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The U 65 (Type IXB) in Brest - August 1940 .................................
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Re: German Naval Bases in France.

Post by tigre » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:13 am

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Allied Bombing of the French Ports, 1942-1943!

The allied forces were powerless to exercise proper control over the vast western European coast from Narvik to the Bay of Biscay. Unable to impose an effective blockade of the German submarines operating from French ports, during the period from 1942 to 1943 they used air raids on the ports of Lorient, St. Nazaire, La Pallice and to a lesser extent against Brest and Bordeaux. Most of Lorient and St. Nazaire were destroyed in the process, in a deliberate attempt to reduce the u boats activities.

Sources: Bombs, Cities, and Submarines: Allied Bombing of the French Ports, 1942-1943. Josef W. Konvitz. The International History Review. Vol. 14, No. 1 (Feb., 1992), pp. 23-44
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How effective were them? Cheers. Raúl M 8).
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St Nazaire shortly before an air raid; smoke generators are triggered to cover the main points of the naval base............................
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"World War II. Flying Fortresses of the Eight U.S. Army Air Force strike at the German U-boat base at St. Nazaire in one of three daylight attacks on May 29 (194?) by the biggest force of American four-engined bombers yet to raid targets in Axis-occupied Europe., PickID: 23947"
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Re: German Naval Bases in France.

Post by tigre » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:06 am

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Allied Bombing of the French Ports, 1942-1943!

Sources: WWII US Army Air Force Foto BORDEAUX Luftbild U-Boot-Bunker Luftangriff Mai 1943

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Re: German Naval Bases in France.

Post by tigre » Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:50 pm

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Allied Bombing of the French Ports, 1942-1943!

B-17s over Lorient!

Sources: THE MIGHTY EIGHTH IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR By Graham Smith

This mission was carried out with 65 planes unloading 162.5 tons of bombs. Cheers. Raúl M 8).
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Re: German Naval Bases in France.

Post by Prosper Vandenbroucke » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:44 pm

Hi Raul,
I'm just back at home and was in Saint Nazaire last week-end.
Here below are some actual views of the german u-boat base:
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Re: German Naval Bases in France.

Post by tigre » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:50 pm

Hello Prosper :D; thank you very much for sharing those "now" pictures here, fully appreciated :up:. Cheers. Raúl M 8).
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Post by John W. Howard » Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:40 pm

Very nice photos!!
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Re: German Naval Bases in France.

Post by tigre » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:18 am

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Kriegsmarine Naval Bases in France.

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View of one of the docks in a occupied French port; the ship carries two guns aft (a corsair ??) .........................
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