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Hillman Site

64 rue du Suffolk Regiment, 14880 Colleville-Montgomery, France
+33 2 31 97 12 61
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Hillman was the Command Post for the coastal defence, commanded by Colonel Krug and Major Hoff, where infantry and artillery were stationed. In this complex of fortifications, about sixty soldiers from the 736 Grenadier Regiment lived and worked within the bunkers, buried under 3 meters (9 ft' 10ins) of concrete. Some of these bunkers consisted of armoured cupolas with a thickness of approximately 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches), used for observation and gun emplacements/tobruks, containing rotating machine guns to defend the site. The bunkers were well equipped, with mechanical ventilation systems and central heating. Outside, a complex network of trenches linked the different underground positions, consisting of the headquarters, signal center, radio room, mess rooms and bathrooms. Every position was connected with each other through a network of telephone lines buried 2 or 3m (6' - 10') deep in the ground. Built at 61m (200 feet) above sea level, the complex offered a strategic position, with direct views of the landing beaches, as well as the mouth of the river Orne. The field of fire or killing zone extended 600 m (2000 ft) and more in several directions. Hillman was therefore a fortress comparable with some parts of the Maginot Line.
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64 rue du Suffolk Regiment, 14880 Colleville-Montgomery, France
+33 2 31 97 12 61
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Reviewed July 29, 2017

4th visit here, always a good place to come and see. Very well maintained. The memorial is run by volunteers so check the website for when the main bunker is open to view and have a guided tour. This can last for 2-3 hours, so...More

Thank Gwlader
Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

This was a well preserved and restored site. You can walk around the site, enter the bunkers and see the recreations of how the soldiers lived and worked. Was a great change in perspective after seeing Masiy Battery and other like sites. It was an...More

Thank Thelonisa
Reviewed November 3, 2016

The wife thinks that the Atlantic Wall is just lumps of concrete sticking out of the ground. It isn't, much of it is under the ground as well. The Hillman bunker has been excavated over 20 years. When I first visited it there was little...More

2  Thank jake1642
Reviewed July 14, 2016

Interesting story of the Suffolk Regiment - fascinating soldier's diary detailing the days before & after D-day from his perspective (my Dad was about 15k from here on his 20th birthday 15 June which was a 'Lovely Day - heavy shelling in the evening'!). It's...More

1  Thank CathyAJ
Reviewed June 16, 2016

This is a fascinating site and well worth the time to visit. In order to get the most out of it, you need to take a guided tour. The site is staffed solely by volunteers. It's open for guided visits on Tuesdays at 15:00 from...More

1  Thank JD28204
Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Set in the beautiful fields of France sits the ruins of German d-day ruins. With a team of volunteers the place has been brought up to a standard where people can learn, remember and have a picnic all at the same time. I believe you...More

Thank oggy101
Reviewed May 27, 2016

The main bunker is only open during a limited period of time in the year, but the rest of the site you can freely walk around anytime. There are a number of bunkers you can walk around and a few even into. There are a...More

Thank Gloggy
Reviewed October 8, 2015

This is a fantastic memorial to the Suffolk Regiment. The volunteers were great,very friendly & the tour is free but a donation is welcome. Tours are on a Tuesday at 3pm in English & French & we had a fantastic 2 hours. The guide was...More

Thank Sheps5558
Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

To see where the Suffolk Regiment attacked and destroyed on D Day. A mighty team of local volunteers has done an amazing job at Hillman. Go on Tuesdays they do free guided tours, mainly in French.

1  Thank Bill R
Reviewed June 11, 2015

We visited on 5th June when the celebrations were in full swing. There was a 'wartime army camp' on site which is a thing that is done every year. Jeeps, tents, wartime music, people in uniforms etc. Great atmosphere. The site itself is the work...More

1  Thank perle369
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