I have never been to this site before so I was totally open to what I might see, although I am aware of the history of the attack on the battery on D-Day. The site itself is very sympathetically landscaped and kept in very good order. My main thoughts however are what is this site trying to convey to its visitors? Is it trying to recreate the story of the assault on the battery? Is it trying to recreate life as a German soldier working here? Is it a monument to the people who died here both defending and attacking. I feel it is a real opportunity missed as it doesn't really tick any of these boxes and could have done through more interactive displays like at the Memorial Pegasus. The story of the attack on the battery is only recalled through the commentary of Col. Ottaway and the lack of model/maps makes it very difficult for the visitor to visualise how events occurred and what the site looked like when intact. Many of the bunkers remain closed off and effectively boarded up. The one bunker that was restored was well laid out but failed in its attempt to purvey life as a german soldier. This is important as I feel history will demonise all german soldiers as evil Nazis when in fact most fought and thought in the same way as our own honoured troops. Is this because that is how the site will be or is it because the museum hopes to carry out more restorative work in the future? I was hoping to be similarly informed and enthused like I was at the Pegasus Memorial but sadly I would have to say I was disappointed.
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