I recently visited my friend in Guernsey and explored a German gun placement in his garden. On the walls there was writing and I am curious if anyone is able to translate it. Unfortunately a lot of the text is faded - but any clues on what it could say would be awesome

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  • "Belueftung" = ventilation Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 21:28
  • "alle Schieber schliessen" = close all slides Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 21:29
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    I can't read enough of anything else to enter it into Google translate. Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 21:29
  • Before "alle Schieber schliessen" is most likely the word "Gefahr". I can't make out the second to last word in that picture, but it looks like it ends in -öpfe. Maybe schöpfe? "Andrehen" is "turn on". Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 22:59
  • Andrehen suggest "knoepfe", knobs/taps
    – jwenting
    Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 8:03

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  • Picture 1:
    -– ventilation

  • Picture 2:
    [Bei] Gefahr alle Schieber schließen – Knöpfe andrehen
    –– In a dangerous situation: close all sliders – ([start to] turn)/(fasten) all buttons

  • Picture 3:
    B[ei] künstlicher Belüftung – Hebel nach oben
    –– If/When operating/under artificial ventilation – lever to the top

  • Picture 4:
    ............... die Schieber schließen (Maybe Gefahr alle ?)
    –– close the sliders (When in danger close all sliders)
    (too bad, or worse, to make out anything at the start. Maybe with a better picture? There is a second line.)

  • On my next visit I will try to get a few better pictures and explore a bit more. I imagine the text in 2nd and 4th pictures are saying the same thing. Thanks for your answer Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 9:53
  • Try finding other gun emplacements when you visit again - the writing may be in better condition...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 8:45
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    Being German I confirm that all readings and translations are correct, the last one is simply too faded to make it out. Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 0:48

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