Batterie d'Azeville

Carentan
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Azeville battery with its 4 Schneider cannons was at the heart of the action during the D-Day Landings on Utah Beach in June 1944 and was one of the first buildings of the Atlantic Wall. Home to a garrison of 170 Geman soldiers, the battery was taken on June 9 after bombardment by the USS Nevada - a hole from a 356mm shell fired by the battleship can still be seen where it went straight through the bunker without exploding.

Painted by the German soldiers to look like the ruins of a Norman cottage, the battery's camouflage meant that it was undiscovered by Allied forces until they landed on June 6th. Explore the 350m of underground passages using an excellent, informative audioguide and see a film about the contruction of the Atlantic Wall and relations between the occupying forces and the local people.

 

Nearby attractions

The Crisbecq artillery battery was built in 1942 by the Todt organisation and has placements for 21-cm Skoda guns.

Discover the way of life of Norman country folk in days gone by in this 17th/18thC farm museum. Take a look at their homes and working quarters including a dairy, wash house, bakery, cowshed and cartwright's workshop.

The American Airborne Museum tells the story of the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who took part in the night raids on the eve of the D-Day landings.

The Musée à Ciel Ouvert, or open sky museum, is a 50km circuit around Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Utah Beach covering 10 important sites that were key places in the D-Day landings.

Places to visit nearby

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.

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.

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