Monday, 1 August 2011
Folligny, Manche, France.
A very important railway junction even today but during WW2 it was a major artery for troop movements and later would have been used for V1 & V2 deliveries. The allies targeted all the railways behind the D-day lines and bombed them constantly. Being such an important junction it needed an anti-aircraft defence and an air-raid precaution for staff on the railways, troops & civilians caught up in the war.
A Flak tower was built to look like a water tower which may have held a 2cm AA gun, several air-raid shelters and defensive positions.
ftLeft : the site of the junction. Right : an air-photo taken during or after a bombing raid on the railway. 1944.
Left : a view across the railway lines to the new water tower and in front the Flak tower and the air-raid shelter. Right : a close up of the Flak tower.Left : 2cm Flak gun.
Left : one of the two defence positions and stairs down to the shelters. Right: one of two air-raid shelter in very good condition.
A not very good plan.
We have to thank Bernard Defortescu Maire de Folligny and his council for opening up the shelters to the public.A memorial to the railwaymen who lost their life's during the occupation and liberation.