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New Japanese relic (badge) from the Lorient Uboat Bunker


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No idea about the badge but the character on it is pronounced "Gu" and means tool, vessel, ingredients, or is the counter ordinal for armour, suits and sets of furniture. It can be used in certain compound words associated with armorers so I suspect it is used in that context here.



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That is a terrific find. What else have you discovered?

When you are next there, could you find out the maker and age of the crane and hoist, please? The information should be on the data or rating plates attached to the bridge and one on the bottom block (moufle inf?rieure) of the hoist.

Thanks in advance,


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Hi david,

I will check for the maker and age of the crane and hoist.

I know that it's a french made one but i think it's a WW2 one.

To share, one picture from german u-boot plates and one with several artifacts from the U-bunker:





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Hi Ben,

My apologies for the late reply, I received your email 2 days ago but have been busy with work.

Congratulations on getting those relics !! And thank you ( merci ) for posting pictures of the U-Boat pen thumbsup.gif

Please click on the link below for a video on a Japanese I-Boat (I-8) that went to Brest,France.


Anyone here has a video on I-30 & I-29 that visited Lorient,France ?




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This stuff is better than any U-Boat badge! Can you imagine the things these plaques witnessed? They were definitely fixed to the Uboats because the holes seem to busted out, like they were ripped off their fittings. Perhaps they were removed from replaced equipment that was removed during repairs??

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