Site Fortifié Hillman

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Site Fortifié Hillman, or Hillman Strongpoint, is a 24 hectare site made up of 18 concrete bunkers connected by underground trenches. The site was a defensive command post on the Côte de Nacre, but was unfinished when the Allies arrived on D-Day. The Suffolk Regiment 1st Battalion captured the site after arriving on Sword Beach.

Today, much of the site is open to visitors including the Hunter Bunker, where Colonel Krug and his soldiers hid on the night of 6th June 1944 before surrendering, and a rare R605 bunker, 1 of only 5 of this type left in Europe, which is now a memorial in honour of the Suffolk Regiment.

The site is open all year round with the Suffolk Memorial, a small museum, open all days except Sunday from July to September. During this period, guided visits are organised every Tuesday and will be running during D-Day Commemoration Week.

Places to visit nearby

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.

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

Deauville in Normandy is a glamorous town on the Côte Fleurie ('flowery coast'), famous for horse racing and its international cultural festivals.

Nearby attractions

Just a short drive from the ferry port at Caen, the British attack on Pegasus Bridge in the early hours of June 6th was crucial to the success of Operation Overlord. The bridge spanned the Caen Canal, a vital supply and...

This museum pays tribute to the actions of the French commandos under Lieutenant Commander Philippe Kieffer, who landed on Sword Beach during the D-Day Landings.

The left-hand flank of the D-Day landings, Sword Beach was one of the British landing beaches and is close to our port in Ouistreham.