Batteries de Crisbecq, Saint-Marcouf

Explore Utah Beach's largest artillery site at Batteries de Crisbecq, one of Nazi Germany's key defenses against the Allied invasion. Check out the artillery site's sturdy concrete bunkers and gun emplacements that housed the Czech-made Skoda artillery pieces, which fired back at Allied ships approaching from the sea. Traverse the battery's extensive network of 21 blockhouses, its underground rooms, and pillboxes to get a feel for what life as a German gunner was like in the time leading up to the Allied invasion. Don't miss the several rooms outfitted with dioramas and original equipment presented in their wartime state. Add Batteries de Crisbecq and other attractions to your Saint-Marcouf trip itinerary using our Saint-Marcouf online trip itinerary maker .
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  • This site is an essential place in our history because it is from where the first cannon shots were fired in response to the landing. The scenes of re-enactment of life inside the bunkers are well done and the explanations detailed. The welcome is friendly. However, it is a pity that the command post next door is the subject of another visit with an additional blow. We recommend this site.
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  • Perfectly renovated artillery battery, real exposure from the war life in place. Certainly do not miss when visiting Normandy if you are a fan of military history, but even if you are not;-)
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  • An extremely well preserved and curated WWII German coastal defense position, a piece of the Atlantic Wall. This gives great insight into the overall defensive strategy of the Germans during the D-Day invasion. This particular installation was firing on Utah Beach and was subsequently overrun about five days into the invasion push inland. Very nice staff and a great way to spend several hours at a battery location that is not typically overrun with bus loads of tourists!
  • Amazing place, highly recommended and the guide is so informative
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