STP 139 Hamm

STP 139 Hamm - A beautiful view outside the town of Audembert. On a clear day you can see the white cliffs of Dover, England.

Address:

Audembert
Coordinates:
50.873131, 1.697774

This bunker complex is located atop a hill overlooking the beautiful French countryside and is in between the towns of Audembert to the southwest, Hervelinghen to the north and
Saint-Inglevert to the northeast.

It's relatively easy to find so just set your GPS to the coordinates we have posted above. When leaving the town of Audembert head northwest on the D249 road until you reach a fork in the road, take the left turn which is still the D249 heading west until you reach a unnamed dirt road at these coordinates: 50.873131, 1.697774
You will have to park your car on the side of the farmers field, there is a small gravel patch which you can't miss (see photo to the right).

After parking your car turn around and walk up the hill. It's a bit of a hike and you will see a set of trail head signs at the bottom (see photo to your right). The trail is quiet active with a lot of mountain bikers, hikers, joggers and walkers. The views are completely breathtaking so take the time to soak it all in. STP 139 Hamm and it's remains are on the top of the hill. This was one of my favourite stops on the 2016 summer trip to France.

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This is where I parked my car located just off the unnamed road outside the town of Audembert. There is very little space to park more than one or two cars so I would advise getting here early.


The trail head starts at the bottom of the hill directly across from where you will park.

On your way up the hill turn around and take in the breathtaking scenery. Looking out here across to the English Channel and the white cliffs of Dover in the distance, what a view the German soldiers of STP 139 had.

One of my favourite photographs that I took on this trip was making your way through the poppy field as you head up the hill to Le Mount de Couple.


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I used two different cameras on the 2016 visit. The Nikon Coolpix 35mm and the Apple iPhone Six S Plus.



As you approach the top of Le Mont de Couple you will see STP 139 Hamm come into view.

As you approach the top lies the first VF Observation bunker of STP 139 Hamm.

One of the VF Observation bunkers on the hill. The Germans had magnificent view of Wissant bay and the English Channel.

The entrances to the VF Observation bunkers are located to the back and they are all accessible.

The bunkers are in beautiful condition, and nice and dry! let's go inside for a look.

Walking down the stairs into the VF Observation bunker.

This would be one of the communication rooms that leads to the observation area.

Inside the communications room, to the left is the emergency escape hatch, each bunker had one of these.

A closeup shot of the emergency escape hatch. Doesn't look very big does it? The soldiers must have been in shape!

Leading our way out of the VF Observation bunker.

A look into the communications room in the second VF observation bunker, nice and clean for the most part.

Inside the communications room of the 2nd VF Observation bunker. Note the telephone connections to the bottom left, piping, hooks and someones bad spelling.

The emergency escape hatch, I really don't know how they could fit.

Pipe for a stove I believe.

Leading our way to the observation part of the bunker. The soldiers had a commanding view of Wissant Bay and the English Channel.

The Germans had an complete unimpeded view.

A frontal shot of the second VF bunker.

At the top of the hill is an observation deck which offers breathtaking views. But beneath this lies the remains of an R502 command bunker which has been buried and dug over.

The command bunker had a coupola built on top, here you can clearly see the soft edge of the corner.

Camouflage netting hooks on the side of the entrances.

One last look before we head back down the trail. and such a beautiful view!
There are actually a lot more remains on this site but we didn't have the time for further investigation so on our next visit we will come back up and take a further look.

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