BATTLEFIELD TOURS - FLANDERS - LEST WE FORGET

THE HILL 60 BUNKER:


The large 1918 bunker constructed by Australian Engineers was badly damaged by German PAK 36 anti-tank munitions and possibly by others as may be confirmed by studying pre-WW2 and post-WW2 bunker images along with further on site evidence and of course PAK 36 munitions images themselves.

During this action, the Queen Victoria's Rifles Memorial was badly damaged & required reconstruction post-WW2 whilst the Australian Tunnelers Memorial was also damaged.
*See previous image above.













Above left:
The undamaged pre-WW2 Hill 60 bunker also revealing the original Queen Victoria's Rifles Memorial rear right behind bunker.

Above right:
The scarred post-WW2 Hill 60 bunker revealing damage inflicted during the May 27th 1940 German assault on the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers who occupied the bunkers and were dug in on the hill top. German PAK 36 anti tank fire was particular accurate with several rounds going straight through the observation port as confirmed by impact craters within and on the rear wall! *The reconstructed QVR memorial is today hidden behind the trees and shrubs.













Above left:
WW2 German PAK 37mm anti tank munition penetrator embedded into the re-inforced concrete of the large OP bunker located on the crest of Hill 60.

Above right:
As a former tank gunner myself and having experienced the result of high velocity armour defeating kinetic munitions, I can confirm that this particular German anti tank crew along with their weapon were deadly. At least two impact strikes are visible on the bunker interior rear wall as well as on the outside frontal glacis of the bunker itself.
Hardly surprising the much more vulnerable QVR memorial was unable to resist the storm of anti tank, artillery and mortar strikes.





Above:
German PAK 36 anti tank gun and crew. Belgium - May 1940.














Above left & right:
PAK 36 anti tank gun. Solid shot munitions with steel/tungsten penetrators plus High Explosive with timed fuse options were available. *Compare revealed munition above right with the 37mm solid shot round embedded into the bunker glacis today.

On conclusion of the battle, fallen British soldiers were swiftly buried by civilians on the very location where they fell but were then re-interred into Bus House, Bedford House, Ypres town Cemetery Ext & other CWGC cemeteries in 1941 where they rest today.

Others who were captured, wounded and later died of wounds in hospitals elsewhere were then buried in nearby civil or other CWGC cemetery plots/cemeteries.

The German dead were also quickly buried but by their own support units following on in the wake of the fighting as they pushed the allies back towards Dunkirk. They would soon be re-interred at dedicated temporary burial locations before eventually finding a permanent resting place in the German national cemetery at Lommel.


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