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Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique

Avenue du 6 Juin, Ouistreham, France
+33 2 31 97 28 69
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See D-day from the German point of view

AMAZINgly intact, this command centre was avoided for several days before surrendering. Now museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JRMaddog
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Darlington, United Kingdom
Great visit whilst waiting on an afternoon ferry

Plenty of info on the events around WWII and Normandy. the tower is several floors high and there... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
turtonm1401
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Conwy, United Kingdom
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The bunker was built in 1943/44, on a special design. I fact, as the coast was very low, the Organization Todt had to erect the 17 meters tower to increase the range finder’s range. This was the Fire Control post of the defenses of the river Orne estuary and the canal entrance. These consisted in six 150 mm french guns, on the beach of Riva-Bella, served by men of the 1st Battery, 1260th Coastal Artillery Batallion and four 150 mm french guns, near the water-tower, served by gunners of the 4th Battery, 1716th Artillery Regiment, 716th Infantry Division. On june, 6th , it received a lucky direct hit, fired from a 380 mm gun of the H.M.S. Frobisher battle cruiser which made the Bunker unoperational. During the morning, british troops of the n° 4 Commando were intrigued by this unforeseen concrete tower. They made two attempts to get inside without success. They were content to withdraw with their wounded men.The Bunker was finally captured by the lieutnant Bob Orrell who took 53 prisonners, on june, 9 th. He was promoted captain the next day.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Avenue du 6 Juin, Ouistreham, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

AMAZINgly intact, this command centre was avoided for several days before surrendering. Now museum that gives a great insight to how the defenders lived

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty of info on the events around WWII and Normandy. the tower is several floors high and there is no lift. but worth the effort to get to the top.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The amount of information and displays inside was just right to keep our two boys ( and us) interested. Appreciated all the personal information given by the family’s of the man who had captured the bunker, helped add to the understanding of what had happened...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stoped here for about 1h before catching the ferry (the port is about 2 minuet drive away!) It was a great find, lots of things for free outside to see (tanks, boats etc) we could’ve gone away happy by just looking at those, but...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent piece of history. It was a place with detailed history built around panorama. It kept me amused for a long time as I was immersed in the moment. As it is based in a real bunker it was like walking in history. To visit...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a fascinating insight in to what a genuine bunker must have been like, full of the things needed to function and a little bit scary to contemplate.

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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Before D Day, in spite of all the planning, nobody noticed this massive reinforced bunker right by Sword Beach. And in a way, it was right, as otherwise it would have been obliterated, rather than the rather chilling example it now gives of the defences...More

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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Allow an hour to two hours , knowing a little of the history is also a help. I found it very somber to look out at the top of the bunker and imagining no houses or trees obstructing the view of the channel ( think...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

This was an amazing true story of an important part of the D-day landings and how Ouistreham was liberated. A must to visit in a lovely French village next to the ferry terminal.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Been visiting the area for years but never been to Le Grand Bunker. It is well organised and has interesting displays in English and French. You need to be able to manage stairs. Allow around one hour to visit.

Thank Jimvin
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Doodles13
15 May 2018|
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Response from MrsKitty53 | Reviewed this property |
€7.00 when we went . They do have their own website with an English version
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russ b
17 August 2015|
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Response from Ron W | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is open as others have said. I dont think there is any parking at the museum (its in a residential area) but it is only a very short walk from the free car parks in the town. Directions are clear and the Tourist... More
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