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Review of Maisy Battery

Maisy Battery
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Maisy Battery is a huge German WW2 Headquarters and Gun Batteries that was left buried in the fields of Normandy for the past 60 years. Only re-opened in 2006 this site now stands as the largest in Normandy of its type with over 3km of trenches open for you to see along side personnel buildings, ammunition tunnels, Hospitals and many more buildings that you can walk through and explore! Private tours are available on request taken by the owners. This is really a unique site to see on this coast!
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

you may watch the longest day as many times as you like and they portray point du hoc as one of the focal points as it was but the guns were at grandcamp maisy and guess what through the vision of the stern family they have brought history to life they toiled and dug and unearthed a treasure trove of guns cannons bunkers etc even a german soldier you can discover what it must have been like for both sets of soldiers fighting it truly is a remarkable place and i would advise you to make this one of the places to visit dont expect marble halls its as it was all those years ago its the genuine article

the mcloclinn and roper family

2  Thank Tom M
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

When you visit Normandy in the high season, it's bound to be crowded by thousands of tourists. Everyone is watching the same tourist attraction and sights. But the Maisy Battery seems to slip through the net. When we arrived there it had maybe 3 cars in the parking, and the attraction itself was very calm. Based on that, we didn't know what to expect.

But what you get is the best view into the whole history of D-Day, better than any museum or other site. The bunkers and machines here are very real, rust and all, they haven't been restored or altered too much. You feel like you were there in the trenches at the time, running from bunker to bunker.

I agree that the directions of the site are somewhat vague, and the site itself does not have the pizzazz or facilities of some other fancy places. But with a subject like this, war and destruction, do you really want an overload of worthless Chinese souvenirs and fake dolls to tell a story, or would you rather have the place itself make you feel the story?

I would suggest this place to everyone who visits Normandy.

6  Thank Thorens
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We found the Maisy Battery purely by chance from their road sign at the entrance and I'm very glad we did. Excellent reception and friendly welcome from the owners, followed by an in-depth briefing about the site and it's importance to the German defence of the area.
The tour around the largely unaltered and unmolested site was fantastic giving a real insight into the make-up of the defensive position and the conditions endured by the defenders. The owners have procured genuine artillery pieces for the gun positions for added authenticity.
It is overgrown in places and we also got slightly lost but it only added to the experience and the authenticity of the place. My 11 year old son agreed that it was the best attraction we visited during our 'D-Day tour' as you could really get involved, go in the bunkers and buildings, pop your head out of the turrets and best of all climb on the guns!

5  Thank Andy U
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Absolutely recommend a visit to this site. As the title says, this seems to be one of the best kept secrets of the Normandy D Day area. Largely unaltered and virtually intact, a trip though the trenches linking the various uncovered (and still to be unearthed) areas of this battery that seems not to exist in most D Day literature is a fascinating experience. I was lucky enough to speak with Dan, one of the sons of the owner, and received a history lesson of such detail that has made this the highlight of my trips to the D Day coast. Unlike Pointe Du Hoc, it's not a crowded site at all, and at times I was the only person in some of the bunkers. It was fascinating hearing the history of Pointe Du Hoc from the view point of Dan and his encyclopaedic knowledge of both that site and this one.

A brilliant site, I shall be returning in the future to see how much more has been uncovered. And I can't wait for the book to come out about the story of this site and its importance to D Day.

5  Thank ThackerayFamily
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This site is well worth a visit and the young man in the reception was very helpful and friendly. The site is slightly overgrown and some of the signs need improving as we got lost. Apart from that it is a very interesting site and gives a good insight as to what it must have been like for the German defenders.

3  Thank Robert A
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