Fire Control Tower of the Schleswig-Holstein Battery – Hel, Poland


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Fire Control Bunker Schleswig-Holstein Battery - Hel Poland

Fire Control Bunker Schleswig-Holstein Battery – Hel Poland

Fire Control Bunker - Hel Poland

Fire Control Bunker – Hel Poland

Fire Control Bunker - Hel Poland

Fire Control Bunker – Hel Poland

Camouflage net on the Fire Control Tower

Camouflage net on the Fire Control Tower

Fire control Schleswig-Holstein Battery

Fire control Schleswig-Holstein Battery

The Fire Control Tower of the Schleswig-Holstein Battery

After the Battle of Hel, after the Polish forces on the peninsula gave up the fight, the German army took over the defensive positions on the peninsula. They started to strengthen defences with three huge gun emplacements. Three 40,6cm SK/34C guns with a barrel length of 20 meters each and a reach of 56 km, which was sufficient to defend the bay of Danzig.
To guide fire from these so called Adolf Guns a fire control tower was added to the Gun Battery.

Inside the Fire Control Tower

Inside the Fire Control Tower

Inside the Fire Control Tower

Inside the Fire Control Tower

Inside the Fire Control Tower

Inside the Fire Control Tower

Lots of Stairs

Lots of Stairs

Rangefinder of the Fire control Schleswig-Holstein Battery

Rangefinder of the Fire control Schleswig-Holstein Battery

Rangefinder of the Fire control Schleswig-Holstein Battery

Rangefinder of the Fire control Schleswig-Holstein Battery

Visit

The fire control tower is 9 stories and had a huge magnifier / rangefinder on the 10th floor. Today it is a museum and for a small fee you can walk up the stairs for a nice view over the island. Inside you can see items, drawings and photo’s in the cambers on all floors. The railroad in front of the building still has it’s original tracks from 1943.

Rail road in front of the Fire Control Tower

Rail road in front of the Fire Control Tower

Tracks from 1943 in front of the Fire Control Bunker

Tracks dated 1943 in front of the Fire Control Bunker





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