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“Maisy Battery. Normany.” 4 of 5 stars
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Maisy Battery
Route de perruques, 14450 Grandcamp-Maisy, France
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Type: Battlefields, Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Maisy Battery. Normany.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I have visited this battery site twice now, the first time a few years ago when it opened to the public. At that time there was a lot of work still to be done. I visited the site this year on D.Day and I am afraid there is still a lot of work to be done.

The battery was of great importance to the German army defending Normandy in 1944. It was active throughout D.Day yet it receives very little mention compared to similar sites like Point du Hoc, where the American Rangers battled to get ashore, only to find a largly inactive battery.

I couldn't help feeling that the whole site could do with a general tidy up. The grass, thistles and stinging nettles were overgrowing the trenches and it was hard to imagine it as a working defensive battery. Although still well worth a visit, a little more attention to detail and some 'gardening' duties would help a lot.

Visited June 2012
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“An undiscovered gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We visited the site on June 8th. We had lots of options of where to visit on the way back to the ferry but we decided to visit the Maisy Battery. Unlike many of the other historic sites in the area its not excactly a slick operation but that is what gives it a 'real' feel. After a small admission charge, i think it was 5 Euros for me and 3.50Euros for mys son you start the exploration. As the previous reviews have mentioned the whole battery was bulldozered after it was taken by the Americans in 44 - was this a polictical move based on its proximity to Pointe du Hoc and the damage that the battery infilicted during the landings - we may never know. We were very lucky and bumped into Gary on the way round - I thought he was a labourer not the actual owner!, this shows how the battery has become a passion of his. Gary then spent 40 mins giving a history of the battery from 1944 - 2012 and his theories on its exisitance and its dissapearance. So if you wan to feel and touch a part of history as its being discovered visit the site before its been 'polished up' and if you are lucky you may bump into Gary.

Visited June 2012
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Winnipeg
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

we went in the rain - really gives the full impact

Visited May 2012
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Lippstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

If you are interested in a more detailed history of all about the 'Atlantic Wall'and D-Day - don't miss this museum!

Visited May 2012
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UHants UK
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“Well worth seeking out!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Like many I was unaware of this Battery until very recently. I emailed the owner and asked for directions as there are none on the website. There are more signs and now the site is mentioned in the local tourist guides. Coming out of Grandcamp-Maisy (after a very good light lunch at the Cafe du Port!) head for the N13 on the D514. Through Maisy, crossroads with a resturant on the right, up the hill and a farm road is off to the right, ( Coming the other way before Maisy you will see a patch of unfarmed ground to your left, this is the Battery) There are now some signs on a post, the car park is on the left. Well worth visiting, even if this site is very much a 'work in progress' and there will be more of the Battery exposed as excavations continue. A very interesting story from the time the battery was operational in 1944 and what happened to it after 1945 until 2007 and up to today. Well worth the visit for anyone interested in military history. Best to note that the trenches are narrow and in parts quite steep. There is no access for the disabled, or any 'facilities', you are in the middle of a field'!

Visited March 2012
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