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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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Paignton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
435 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

This site is well worth a visit. It is not as developed as say, the Merville battery, or as "tidy" as the Longues battery but that is part of the attraction. Yes, it could do with a tidy up and work is constantly underway but it is fascinating to wander through the maze of clearly marked paths and trenches and discover all of the buildings and gun emplacements of this key artillery position. It also brings home the scale of these defensive sites and the land area that they covered - and it wasn't taken until 9th June 1944! Definitely worth putting on your D-Day tour itinerary!

Visited September 2013
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Nashua
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“Maisy Battery - hidden history”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

My wife and I visited this site in September after a chance conversation with a Dutch tourist the day before. We were very pleased to have visited the site, and found the story fascinating and wondered why I had not heard of it before.

It certainly seems this is an important part of D-Day history and one that any of we amateur historians should be aware.

I have begun and will continue to do more reading about this site and it's place in the action on and after D-Day. I truly hope that Gary Stern (site owner) will indeed publish the book about Maisy Battery on which he has been working. I'm on his email list to be notified when it comes out.

Visited September 2013
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4 Thank Lee H
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England
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Uncovering history”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Seeing Point du hoc is a must, and this battery really must be part of that experience. The area is vast and ever growing as they unearth a long forgotten German battery. Its not finished, its a dig in progress that stretches out over the field. Read up, learn the history, then go to this site and 'feel' what life was like. Take the chance to talk to the father/son team that own this land and run it. Their enthusiasm is infectious. They are living and breathing this site and its hard not to get excited as you wander into the trenches. It has a long way to go to be be a super museum, but year on year this should get better and better. I look forward to going back in a year's time and see what else they have found! Note: amenities are scarce. It is just a hut in a field.

Visited September 2013
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Worcester, UK
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“Developing attraction, worth a visit”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We visited on a Sunday in September and it was quite quiet.

The car park and entrance area are slightly underwhelming, but the staff (owners?) were helpful and English.

You then head into a network of trenches, bunkers, and gun emplacements. There is a little information on a sheet that is given to you, but we would have liked a bit more detail.


Sensible footwear would be advised especially if there has been rain. If you have a baby and can transport him/her in a carrier (rather than a buggy), then you will be able to access the bunkers freely. A torch may be useful if you want to explore the darker corners of the bunkers.

Overall, a good visit for an hour or two.

Visited September 2013
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Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands
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“Dont judge a book by its cover”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

When you think D-Day you think of the landing beaches, Pointe du Hoc, St Mere Eglise etc, but hardly ever is the battery of Maisy even mentioned, although being one of the largest batteries to exist in the invasion area.

Upon arrival i was greeted by a semi-empty car park, a landing boat used by the allied forces during the invasion and a small office with an knowledgable and seemingly passionate man running the site. Armed with a map you set out exploring the area through trenches, bunkers and gun emplacements, all restored back into original condition, making you feel as if you were actually there when the battery was still operational.

At the moment a true hidden gem in the normandy area, one that has potential to grow into one of the more popular sites in the normandy area.

Visited September 2013
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