Anti-tank bunker special double embrasure.


Product Code: AT/SP

This 28mm resin model is our representation of the special double embrasure, enfilade gun casemate for a Kwk 50mm anti-tank pedestal gun, as found on Omaha Beach. This bunker comes without the pedestal gun as it forms a defensive bunker on its own. Usually of course it would come with the 50mmKwk pedestal gun and this is also available from this website category, code reference AT/SP50+50. It is however, complete with the removable tank turret from a captured French FT17.

This bunker is not made up but is based on historical drawings and Urban Construct's own survey. The surface texture is of indented 'planks' some with grain, to represent the concrete pouring process which utilised wooden shuttering. This detail lends itself to quick and easy painting using a 'dry-brushing' technique. Flock can be added to the roof.

Although this bunker is not a common type it was important to the D-Day Omaha Beach defences. It had an embrasure on each side so that the gun could fire either up or down the beach. Armed with a captured French 50mmKwk pak anti-tank gun, this type of bunker was designed for enfilade fire with a 2metre thick wall protecting its embrasures from the sea. The gun in this bunker could control a landing beach in both directions. At Omaha beach there is one of these at the draw (beach exit)at WN72, exit D-1.

Construction of this bunker was typical of the gun casemates found along the Normandy coast, basically a bunker design with an armoured personnel access door in the rear and large embrasures in the front to permit a wide field of fire of almost 60 degrees for each embrasure. The protective basis was category B, meaning two metre thick concrete that offered protection from most army artillery and naval guns up to 200mm. These bunkers were essentially impervious to tank guns, except for the embrasures and the rear armoured door. Generally, the roof was covered with earth for camouflage purposes. Several examples of this type of bunker were constructed on the Atlantic War, mainly in early 1944.

Shown here, this special type double embrasure, was located along the coast including at Omaha Beach where it was used to guard the draw with a 50mmKwk anti-tank gun (available separately). This type was designed for enfilade fire with a 2metre thick wall protecting its embrasures from the sea. It was in fact nearly impossible to penetrate the concrete as it offered protection from naval guns up to 200mm. However, some destroyers sailed as close as 800m to the shore to get a direct shot through an embrasure, which is also how many bunkers were eventually knocked out by tanks.

This model comes complete with a removable roof and a FT17 tank turret, which was used to protect the rear of the bunker from assault. The side wall is not included but can be purchased separately. The dimensions are 73mm high including roof, mm wide and mm long. The height inside in which a figure can stand is 39mm approx. and the internal dimensions of the fighting compartment are mm wide by mm front to back approx.

Any figures, guns or side walls shown in the photos are not included.

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