Longues Battery, Longues-sur-Mer

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Located on the coast between the D-Day landing beaches Omaha and Gold, Longues Battery is the only battery where you can view original 150 mm (6 in) guns. In 1944, the Germans built the battery, which consisted of four navy guns, each protected by a large concrete casemate, a command post, shelters for personnel and ammunition, and several defensive machine-gun emplacements. The night before D-Day, the battery was heavily bombed. On D-Day, Allied forces landed on the beach. The next day, the Germans surrendered. From this strategic point on top of a cliff overlooking the channel, you'll have a terrific panoramic view of the landing beaches. Arrange your visit to Longues Battery and discover more family-friendly attractions in Longues-sur-Mer using our Longues-sur-Mer online travel route planner .
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  • He must do this site visit if you want to have a complete picture of the context of the allied landings of June 44. Point of view of defence here, dominant views on the sea and the sides, point of view difficulties of the attackers... Plus an excellent state of conservation, and really nice walks in the open air. It is very informative, it's fun, it's nice, it's even beautiful when it rains! A free site (!) And essential! Too bad that the shop and all the info should close in November...
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  • Superb ride around the coastal batteries plus a superb panorama on the rest of the artificial port Winston Churchill.
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  • This sight is a short drive from Arromanches. No cost to view the 4 German batteries still in tact with the guns. Magnificent view of the ocean and it also has an observation post.  more »
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  • Very well preserved German artillery battery that was part of the Atlantic Wall defenses. Impressive to see the 152mm guns up close and intact. It helps add to the images of what happened over 70 years ago. You can visit the 4 guns as well as walk along the coastline and see turret positions. We spend roughly an hour there but you could easily spend a few. Recommend bringing cash since when we were there the card machine didn't work. You can also get a great view of the British floating harbor at Arromanches.
  • Amazing to visit and see the guns in place. Unlike a lot of the other bunkers. Amazing views out to see and across the country side. Not to be missed.
  • Free parking. And free to do the 1km looped walk and take in the battery sites and bunker.
  • We visited expecting to be able to view some of the old coastal guns. We were not expecting such a vast, and moving experience. The guns themselves are staggering, and all but one of the bunkers are in remarkable shape. Mother nature has been allowed to reclaim where possible, but access to visitors is not in any way restricted by any significant degree. Allow yourself an hour and a half to take it all in. As an aside, finding the battery took a little time, but is worth the effort.If you start out down a gravel track, you've gone wrong. The correct turning is a few hundred yards further.
  • A great example of the Atlantic Wall fortifications. This is one of the few spots left that contain the original guns in their bunkers.

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