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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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Missed then, but remembered now

Before D Day, in spite of all the planning, nobody noticed this massive reinforced bunker right by... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
BedfordshirePanick
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France
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Interesting look at history.

Allow an hour to two hours , knowing a little of the history is also a help. I found it very somber... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
MrsKitty53
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Montpellier, France
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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 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

Thank MrsKitty53
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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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Reviewed 25 September 2017

probably the only remaining intact bunker along the coastline. Visit all floors of this impressive bunker from where the invasion was first detected by 'Pluskat'.

Thank michel l
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Very good display of what was avail in every room. Reasonable cost and if you are military minded excellent viewing.

Thank Donovan D
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

There's far more here than initially meets the eye. The bunker has many rooms and corridors with lots of militaria.

Thank Contrajohn
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

It is a very interesting place, showing some historical realities. It was amazing that the museum is really inside a bunker, quite close as it was during the war

Thank Cristina G
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Came here with the 3 children who loved exploring the different floors. Lots of displays and mannequins showing the cramped living quarters. The top floor shows the observation port and you can imagine the damage a few snipers or mg42's would have caused. Story of...More

1  Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

A very simple museum with very good exhibits located within an artillery observation bunker (five storey). There is a good story behind it and it was easy to imagine what life within it was like. All 53 inhabitants had surrendered after a British engineer used...More

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russ b
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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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