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Longues Battery

West of Arromanches-les-Bains, Longues-sur-Mer, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
Traveler Description: Longues-sur-Mer is the only coastal defence battery on the Landing Beaches to be classed as a “Historical Monument”. A major construction in the... more »
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Touring the Longues Battery offers the rare opportunity to see Atlantic Wall casements with their big guns still mounted inside. It really makes a difference. Being able to enter and walk through these old casements was one thing, but being able to examine, touch and photograph the huge naval guns was quite another. The remains of the smashed gun in... More

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Waterville, Maine
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The battery at Longues-sur-mer formed part of the "Atlantic Wall," reinforced by order of Rommel, where you can see the observation bunker and four gun emplacements, three of the four with their heavy artillery still intact, overlooking the fields of the countryside and sea, much as it must have been in 1944. Very much worth a short side-trip on the... More

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Redmond, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This was an interesting place to see the German Guns and how they were cited. Also the sighting bunkers located on the cliffs.

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Brookwood, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a must visit battery. It is the one featured in "The Longest Day". The forward observation post is awe inspiring. It has amazing views of the sea and really evokes what it was like back in 1944.

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Four gun emplacements, with the remains of their guns and the observation bunker overlooking the approach to Arromanches. Free entry! Ample parking, including right at the cliff top. Information and shop, toilets,small food stand. Good view of the Harbour at Arromanches on a clear day. Paragliders flying along the cliff edge! Easy access to site for wheelchairs as it is... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Longues Battery are only a short drive from Bayeux, and well worth the visit. This free attraction is a hands-on history lesson. Our family of eight visited on our last morning in the Bayeux area before heading to Paris. These gun batteries truly help you understand the size and range of these guns, and the forces the Allied troops... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We visited on a hot sunny day and it was a fantastic time. The four gun emplacements are all accessible one shows the damage for the invasion and the forward control post is accessible too but you need a torch (or they need to install lights). Between the control post and the guns there is an ammunition store which has... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We can learn a lot from the french - this is an important part of their history so its free - obviously looked after by the state and paid for by taxes. Everyone pays to ensure that this piece of history is preserved and accessible. Part of Hitler's "atlantic wall" - huge concrete bunkers with guns intact pointing towards the... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It is signposted from the main road in the village centre but it would be a fair walk, especially with a pushchair. It’s a very interesting site (free entry) & it’s definitely well worth doing the guided tour (€4 – €3 with Normandie Pass) which lasts about an hour. The guide gave just the right amount of information to make... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Well preserved battery 3 with original guns in place, hard to imagine these date back so far, well worth a visit and its free. Good tourist information cabin with knowledgeable staff speaking excellent English

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