Paris On Our Own

Today it’s Paris on our own. The last day of the Canadian Battlefields Tour, the only official activity planned is a Farewell Celebration dinner at a Paris bistro this evening.  We have the whole day to explore Paris at our own pace. According to the Concierge it’s only a 20 Continue Reading →

The Longues-Sur-Mer Battery

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It is not far from Arromanches to the German battery near the coastal village of Longues-sur-Mer. Located between Gold and Omaha beaches, the long-range battery was completed in April 1944 as part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall and it consists of four 150mm naval guns, a forward command post and several defensive bunkers. Classified today as an historic monument, the battery was designed to defend against Allied incursions in this part of Normandy, and it fired a total of 170 rounds at Allied ships on June 6, 1944 before it was captured by British troops the next day.

Part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall, the Longues-sur-Mer battery consisted of four 150mm navy guns like this one, posing a real threat to the ships taking part in the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944

Part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, the Longues-sur-Mer battery consisted of four 150mm navy guns like this one, posing a real threat to the ships taking part in the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944.

All these years later, the battery is still an impressive sight. Several of the guns used on D-Day are still in place within the huge concrete casemates used to protect them. There is evidence on the site of the heavy Allied bombardment sustained prior to the landings. Several of the casements show damage from the air and naval barrage, and the fields surrounding the battery still have numerous shell craters. Along the cliff edge there are several intact machine gun emplacements and ammunition stores, and it was fun for Sonya and I to climb into the bunker and imagine what it must have been like here on that morning not so long ago.

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