Hillman Site

Hillman Site, Colleville-Montgomery: Address, Phone Number, Hillman Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Hillman Site
4.5
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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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Guillaume R
Gothenburg, Sweden1,016 contributions
Out of the way and yet so interesting
Jun 2020 • Couples
We stopped at Hillman site in June 2020 for one hour.

The complex houses several bunkers and defensive positions, all underground.
Volunteers give tours at regular times (check ahead their website for hours). You get the chance to enter the main bunker then.

Even without the help of a volunteer, signs help understand the layout and functions of the bunkers. They are rather well protected and made their assault daunting.

A bit of reading ahead of your visit will go a long way to make your stop even more worthwhile.

Highly recommended.
Written June 21, 2020
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Ignace B
Roeselare, Belgium896 contributions
Interesting site
Nov 2019
Out of season we went up to this site and could walk all around the site, except in the main building. Nice site with a few bunkers, look-outs.
Written December 5, 2019
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PGNevis
Pacific Grove, CA198 contributions
Eye-opening experience
Sep 2019
This is an excellent example of German planning and design for interior fortifications. Had no idea that this was done so far away of the coast. Fortunately was was incomplete at the time of Overlord and its defenders surrendered en masse. It helped considerably that we had a guide or we wouldn't have known about it. Be sure to go on a tour day.
Written October 1, 2019
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dogwalker32018
Portishead, UK25 contributions
Visited as part of a D-Day self organised tour
Aug 2019 • Couples
Well sign posted and free parking. Very quiet when arrived so had the site and small museum to ourselves. Site will have more meaning if some background reading is done beforehand to understand why this was such a significant position for the allies to overcome and the achievement that was made in taking it. Time for visit depends on how much is read inside of the small museum - 1 hour for museum and site.
Written September 20, 2019
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Jacob
14 contributions
Incredible
Sep 2019 • Solo
Turned up just before 3, seen that there was Suffolk regiment staff at location giving free tours of the site. You would have no idea what was st the site unless staff were there, 3 members of staff, different languages for every visitor. Site was incredible and well cleaned and redesigned to be as best as prior state during the war, artifics brought in by the Suffolk reg to reinstate to former glory!! German members donated stuff who served in the bunker in 1944 and information of the whole site given to all Suffolk reg staff!! Would highly recommend a visit here it’s open, and free just give a donation! Guaranteed visit would visit again
Written September 4, 2019
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Lynne B
Sheffield, UK78 contributions
Great tour with George
Aug 2019 • Family
We had been to the Blockhaus last year but not on a tour day.

It was well worth coming back for the tour. We couldn't believe the number of people who had come too.

Tours are in French and English. Georgr led our group. He was very informative and helpful and made sure we saw everything but at a different time from the big groups on the French tours.

We were there about 2 hours. Tours were at 3pm Tuesday.
Written August 11, 2019
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brianjaguar
Stradbroke, UK481 contributions
Free entry to a restored WW2 site with restored bunker interiors
Jun 2019 • Solo
Visited to attend the 75th anniversary of D day and was surprised to see the amount of work that has been done since my last visit
There was a Military camp there manned by enthusiasts and some interesting exhibits
inside the bunkers including the Command Bunker
Easy to park free of charge and the" Amis of Suffolk "are very friendly and can show you around the site
Written July 20, 2019
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Andrew B
307 contributions
Must visit
Jul 2019 • Friends
A must visit to Hillman fort sitting on Perrier ridge overlooking the invasion beaches.. Hillman was held by the Germans and eventually taken by the Suffolk regiment.
Written July 18, 2019
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peterpiperpickedapec
London, UK446 contributions
Personal
Jul 2019 • Couples
My Uncle of whom I have many happy memories as a child, saw action here with the Suffolk Regiment. He was a professional soldier and saw action throughout the war. Part of the BEF at the outbreak of war he was evacuated from Dunkirk returning to France here in Normandy. He was injured by shrapnel in the hand during the campaign somewhere in Normandy but not sure when and where. He didn’t speak much about his time during the war. None of my family did. My father serviced in the Fleet air arm and my other uncle, another professional soldier, with the Suffolk Régiment in India and Burma. It is moving to visit the places they saw when young and just remember all the good times we had together.
Written July 12, 2019
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Dreamer678822
3 contributions
Hill side
Jun 2019 • Friends
nice car park right next to this place shows how the Germans had a commanding view of the surrounding area has bunkers you can go into good place to visit
Written June 22, 2019
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