Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Visit the Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery and let history stand still. The battery atop these 65m high cliffs is the only one on the Atlantic Wall to retain its original guns. 4 casemates made of concrete 1m thick each contain a 150mm naval gun. Positioned between Gold Beach and Omaha Beach, the battery began firing early on the morning of D-Day before the boats had landed. It was engaged in a fierce duel with HMS Ajax which resulted in the battery eventually being silenced.

The following day, the German garrison stationed here surrendered to the 231st Infantry Brigade. The panoramic views of the beaches below that secured the defensive placement of the battery here, today gives incredibly views of the beaches and the battery itself is surrounded by pretty wheat fields. It is the only battery on the Atlantic Wall to be classified as a Historic Monument and the site is completely open to the public.


Places to visit nearby

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Nearby attractions

Discover some of the vestiges of the D-Day Landings that have been brought up from the seabed including personal belongings that were found inside the sunken warships from the 6th of June.

From a British perspective, a good place to start your tour is the small village of Arromanches, just a few miles away from Bayeux. This is Gold Beach where the British 50th Division landed.

The Musée du Débarquement was the first museum built to commemorate D-Day and the Normandy Campaign and overlooks the remains of the Mulberry B Harbour.