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    The emplacement is dug out as per "The book" too. A horseshoe shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarPig1976 View Post
    A horseshoe shape.
    I'm wondering if there's more to it, as if it goes back to the right. The overhead protection could just be a door into a bunker. This could be a fighting post only and the edge of a large fortification...
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    This could be a fighting post only and the edge of a large fortification...
    More than likely. That's how they liked to play defense, supporting strongpoints.


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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    . . . it goes back to the right. The overhead protection could just be a door into a bunker. ...
    That is the overhead protection for where those off watch slept at night while one squaddie pulled 'stag' or sheltered when receiving incoming Arty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul S. View Post
    the overhead protection
    Yes...I spent 35 years in the infantry. I just suspect this isn't a stand alone trench. I think it may be a fighting post on the edge of something bigger. On a proper defensive position, only the fighting holes are left open. The whole rest is covered, if you have time...
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    When?

    Weather is warm, maybe late spring 1945? War is over, so just leave everything and go home?
    Real men measure once and cut.

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    wonder where this was taken at its a great image

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Seijasicon View Post
    War is over, so just leave everything and go home?
    I talked to a lot of guys that did that very thing.
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Yes...I spent 35 years in the infantry. I just suspect this isn't a stand alone trench. I think it may be a fighting post on the edge of something bigger. On a proper defensive position, only the fighting holes are left open. The whole rest is covered, if you have time...
    It is definitely one of a number of fighting positions along an in depth defensive line. The Germans had the siting and tactics of mutually supporting fighting positions down to a fine art during both wars.

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