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Crisbecq Battery, Saint-Marcouf

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Explore Utah Beach's largest artillery site at Crisbecq Battery, 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 Crisbecq Battery to your Saint-Marcouf travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Saint-Marcouf vacation builder.
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  • First time visiting this gun battery and Safe to say it was a good one. I think there were 21 different buildings in this area. Most of them are intact. A good amount of bunkers to look inside. One of the hand pillboxes is partly destroyed due to allied error. One didn't get finished during the invasion and there is a third outside of the area in a field. We crossed the road and jumped a barbed fence to go have a look :) It's interesting and worth a visit!
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  • We visited this battery on October 18th. There is a parking lot in front of the Battery. At the end of the visit, you can enter the restroom at the back of the ticket booth. There is a good deal of wa...  more »
  • Another place to get the D day spine chilling experience. This site is well laid out and it is possible to go inside German bunkers and think what it must have been like for all those involved in the ...  more »
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  • Great little place. Several different bunkers with a lot to see in them. Not a very long walk so it's easy for kids.
  • Worth a visit if you are interested in the history of Walter Ohmsen and want to see the original site. Also the view to the ocean is nice. Beside that the museum offers little to no information. The audioguide of Batterie d'Azeville, which is nearby, answered more questions about the Crisbeque Battery than their own museum! So if you just want to visit one i would recomend Batterie d'Azeville over this one!
  • A good impression on German batteries making up Atlantic Wall
  • Worth the visit. Very interesting. And very good recreations of how was the life inside the bunkers
  • See the guns pointing out to the sea.

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