Anti-tank bunker type R677


Product Code: AT/R677

This 28mm resin and plastic model is our representation of the R677 heavy enfilade gun casemate. It is not made up but is based on historical drawings and Urban Construct's own survey. Parts of the surface texture is of raised 'seams' 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.

One of the most fearsome types of defensive emplacements on the D Day beaches was the R677 gun casemate, armed with the massive 88mm PAK43/41 towed anti tank gun. This type of bunker was designed for enfilade fire with a 2metre thick wall protecting its embrasure from the sea. The powerful gun in this bunker could control the beach for 2-3 kilometres. So at Omaha beach there is one of these on either end of the beach; other beaches typically had a single example of this type of bunker.

Construction of this bunker was typical of the gun casemates found along the Normandy coast, basically a garage design with a large armoured access door in the rear and a large embrasure in the front to permit a wide field of fire of almost 60 degrees. 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 front embrasure and the rear armoured door. The bunker was designed to be enclosed with earth on both sides, while at the rear of the bunker, an earthen berm or protective concrete wall was erected to shield the rear armoured door. Generally, the roof was covered with earth for camouflage purposes. A total of 146 examples of this type of bunker were constructed on the Atlantic War, mainly in early 1944, with 55 of these in the 7th Army sector in lower Normandy.Reference Osprey Fortress series.

Shown here, type R677 was located in many positions along the coast including at Omaha Beach where it was used to house a fearsome 88mm PAK43/41 towed anti tank gun. The first of this type was completed in March 1943 and was designed for enfilade fire with a 2metre thick wall protecting its embrasure 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 the embrasure, which is also how many were eventually knocked out by tanks.

Although slightly smaller, this type of bunker can also be used to represent actions at the Merville Battery (which threatened Sword beach and was a target for airborne troops on the eastern flank of the invasion), Pointe du Hoc (attacked by the US Rangers who scaled the cliffs) and St. Marcouf Battery (Utah Beach). This model comes complete with a removable roof and a side wall which was used to protect the open embrasure. The dimensions are 65mm high including roof,191mm wide, 170mm long plus side wall. The height inside in which a figure can stand is 37mm approx. Any figures or guns shown in the photos are not included.

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