Trip to Sheriff Muir on 31 July 2017.

July 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -19Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -19The Germans had built the “Atlantic Wall”. This was a continuous wall along the beaches that they considered likely to be attacked by the Allies during an invasion. The wall here at Sheriff Muir was the same as the one on Sword Beach near Cean, as that’s where the troops training here would be landing. The mock up of this wall included all its’ associated obstacles – stakes, ramps, “hedgehogs”, etc. The wall is 100 yards long. The front of the wall slopes outwards, I wondered if this had been caused by settlement, but the wall was built this way as the Germans had built their wall with an overhang. The barbed wire has disappeared (rusted away or removed, I do not know) but the fixings for it are still evident on the top of the wall.
There is an antitank trench in front of the wall, now filled with many years of shifting mud and growing heather and grass.
Other trenches are evident, but they are well covered by growth.
Both WW1 & WW2 trenches are present for training.


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Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -10Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -10Heather at the Atlantic Wall, Sheriff Muir.

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Heather

Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -11Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -11Thistle in Sheriff Muir

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Thistles

Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0008Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0008Parsley Type Flowers at Sheriffmuir

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Wild Flowers – of the umbrella type – exactly what was needed given the weather. Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0016Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0016Heather

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Heather

Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -21Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -21Heather at the Atlantic Wall, Sheriff Muir.

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Heather & a fern 
Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0002Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0002Rain drops on the marsh grass.

It wasn't actually raining during my walk at the Atlantic Wall - but the grass was soaking, so I was wet from the knees to the ankles. My boots remain waterproof!

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Rain drops on the marsh grass. It wasn't actually raining during my walk at the Atlantic Wall - but the grass was soaking, so I was wet from the knees to the ankles. My boots remain waterproof!

 

Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0005Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0005Unfenced Road - Beware of Sheep

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Old sign at Sheriffmuir. Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0004Sheriff Muir 31 July 2017-0004Caution - Lambs and Ewes wandering.

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Concrete bunker, built by the British Army. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.Concrete bunker, built by the British Army. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.This concrete bunker, was built by the British Army and was used for target practice. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.

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This concrete bunker, of German design, was built by the British Army and was used for target practice. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans. Concrete bunker, built by the British Army. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.Concrete bunker, built by the British Army. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.This concrete bunker, was built by the British Army and was used for target practice. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.

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Concrete bunker, built by the British Army. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.Concrete bunker, built by the British Army. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.This concrete bunker, was built by the British Army and was used for target practice. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.

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Concrete bunker, built by the British Army. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.Concrete bunker, built by the British Army. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.This concrete bunker, was built by the British Army and was used for target practice. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.

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More photos of the concrete bunker. Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -24Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -24Part of the old conrete gun emplacement, at the Atlantic Wall, Sheriff Muir.

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Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -23Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -23Part of the old conrete gun emplacement, at the Atlantic Wall, Sheriff Muir.

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Concrete bunker, built by the British Army to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.Concrete bunker, built by the British Army to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans.This concrete bunker, was built by the British Army and was used for target practice. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans. Note - Corrugated Iron was used as shuttering.

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This concrete bunker, of German design, was built by the British Army and was used for target practice. Various earthworks surround the bunker, to mimic conditions on the French Beaches exactly as they had been fortified by the Germans. It will be noted on this structure & the wall that corrugated iron was used for shuttering.

 

Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -20Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -20Remains of trenches & Heather at the Atlantic Wall, Sheriff Muir.

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Trenches in front of the Atlantic Wall  Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -12Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -12The Germans had built the “Atlantic Wall”. This was a continuous wall along the beaches that they considered likely to be attacked by the Allies during an invasion. The wall here at Sheriff Muir was the same as the one on Sword Beach near Cean, as that’s where the troops training here would be landing. The mock up of this wall included all its’ associated obstacles – stakes, ramps, “hedgehogs”, etc. The wall is 100 yards long. The front of the wall slopes outwards, I wondered if this had been caused by settlement, but the wall was built this way as the Germans had built their wall with an overhang. The barbed wire has disappeared (rusted away or removed, I do not know) but the fixings for it are still evident on the top of the wall.
There is an antitank trench in front of the wall, now filled with many years of shifting mud and growing heather and grass.
Other trenches are evident, but they are well covered by growth.
Both WW1 & WW2 trenches are present for training.


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Parts of the wall were destroyed during assaults on it with live firing. 

Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -13Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -13The Germans had built the “Atlantic Wall”. This was a continuous wall along the beaches that they considered likely to be attacked by the Allies during an invasion. The wall here at Sheriff Muir was the same as the one on Sword Beach near Cean, as that’s where the troops training here would be landing. The mock up of this wall included all its’ associated obstacles – stakes, ramps, “hedgehogs”, etc. The wall is 100 yards long. The front of the wall slopes outwards, I wondered if this had been caused by settlement, but the wall was built this way as the Germans had built their wall with an overhang. The barbed wire has disappeared (rusted away or removed, I do not know) but the fixings for it are still evident on the top of the wall.
There is an antitank trench in front of the wall, now filled with many years of shifting mud and growing heather and grass.
Other trenches are evident, but they are well covered by growth.
Both WW1 & WW2 trenches are present for training.


PS

The wall viewed from the back.  Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -15Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -15The Germans had built the “Atlantic Wall”. This was a continuous wall along the beaches that they considered likely to be attacked by the Allies during an invasion. The wall here at Sheriff Muir was the same as the one on Sword Beach near Cean, as that’s where the troops training here would be landing. The mock up of this wall included all its’ associated obstacles – stakes, ramps, “hedgehogs”, etc. The wall is 100 yards long. The front of the wall slopes outwards, I wondered if this had been caused by settlement, but the wall was built this way as the Germans had built their wall with an overhang. The barbed wire has disappeared (rusted away or removed, I do not know) but the fixings for it are still evident on the top of the wall.
There is an antitank trench in front of the wall, now filled with many years of shifting mud and growing heather and grass.
Other trenches are evident, but they are well covered by growth.
Both WW1 & WW2 trenches are present for training.


PS

This is probably the best view I could get of the trenches. The Army managed to create exactly the kind of conditions the troops would face on Sword beach. 

Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -16Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -16The Germans had built the “Atlantic Wall”. This was a continuous wall along the beaches that they considered likely to be attacked by the Allies during an invasion. The wall here at Sheriff Muir was the same as the one on Sword Beach near Cean, as that’s where the troops training here would be landing. The mock up of this wall included all its’ associated obstacles – stakes, ramps, “hedgehogs”, etc. The wall is 100 yards long. The front of the wall slopes outwards, I wondered if this had been caused by settlement, but the wall was built this way as the Germans had built their wall with an overhang. The barbed wire has disappeared (rusted away or removed, I do not know) but the fixings for it are still evident on the top of the wall.
There is an antitank trench in front of the wall, now filled with many years of shifting mud and growing heather and grass.
Other trenches are evident, but they are well covered by growth.
Both WW1 & WW2 trenches are present for training.


PS

The front face did lean out to give an overhang.  

Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -17Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -17View at the Atlantic Wall, Sheriff Muir.

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View from the wall 

 

Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -14Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -14The Germans had built the “Atlantic Wall”. This was a continuous wall along the beaches that they considered likely to be attacked by the Allies during an invasion. The wall here at Sheriff Muir was the same as the one on Sword Beach near Cean, as that’s where the troops training here would be landing. The mock up of this wall included all its’ associated obstacles – stakes, ramps, “hedgehogs”, etc. The wall is 100 yards long. The front of the wall slopes outwards, I wondered if this had been caused by settlement, but the wall was built this way as the Germans had built their wall with an overhang. The barbed wire has disappeared (rusted away or removed, I do not know) but the fixings for it are still evident on the top of the wall.
There is an antitank trench in front of the wall, now filled with many years of shifting mud and growing heather and grass.
Other trenches are evident, but they are well covered by growth.
Both WW1 & WW2 trenches are present for training.


PS

Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -18Sheriffmuir Atlantic Wall 31Jul17 -18The Germans had built the “Atlantic Wall” along the beaches that they considered likely to be attacked by the Allies during an invasion. The wall here at Sheriff Muir was the same as the one on Sword Beach near Cean, as that’s where the troops training here would be landing. The mock up of this wall included all its’ associated obstacles – stakes, ramps, “hedgehogs”, etc. The wall is 100 yards long. The front of the wall slopes outwards, I wondered if this had been caused by settlement, but the wall was built this way as the Germans had built their wall with an overhang. The barbed wire has disappeared (rusted away or removed, I do not know) but the fixings for it are sPS till evident on the top of the wall.
There is an antitank trench in front of the wall, now filled with many years of shifting mud and growing heather and grass.
Other trenches are evident, but they are well covered by growth.
Both WW1 & WW2 trenches are present for training.

The Germans had built the “Atlantic Wall”. This was a continuous wall along the beaches that they considered likely to be attacked by the Allies during an invasion. The wall here at Sheriff Muir was the same as the one on Sword Beach near Caen, as that’s where the troops training here would be landing. The mock up of this wall included all its’ associated obstacles – stakes, ramps, “hedgehogs”, etc. The wall is 100 yards long. The front of the wall slopes outwards, I wondered if this had been caused by settlement, but the wall was built this way as the Germans had built their wall with an overhang. The barbed wire has disappeared (rusted away or removed, I do not know) but the fixings for it are still evident on the top of the wall.

There is an antitank trench in front of the wall, now filled with many years of shifting mud and growing heather and grass.

Other trenches are evident, but they are well covered by growth.

There are both WW1 & WW2 trenches in the area for training.

 

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