Batterie de Maisy

Carentan
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Forgotten for the past 60 years, the Batterie de Maisy was an integral part of the German Atlantic Wall around the Utah and Omaha beaches. Covering both beaches with six 155mm artillery emplacements, the battery opened fire on the liberating troops landing on the beaches below. After 5 long hours, the assault by the 5th and 2nd American Rangers finally silenced the guns here. Buried for over 60 years, the site has been excavated and you can now visit the 1.5 km of trenches, tunnels and underground constructions, as well as the gun emplacements themselves.

 

Nearby attractions

The Musée des Rangers traces the historic acts of the elite US Rangers who took the Pointe du Hoc on D-Day.

See the other side of the devastation caused by WW2 at the La Cambe German War Cemetery which holds 21,140 German graves. 

Standing right at the tip of this rugged clifftop, the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial was originally erected by the French in honour of the American Second Ranger Battalion.

Forming the right-hand flank of the Allied invasion, the troops landing on Utah Beach encountered far less resistance than Omaha Beach just a few miles east.

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.

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

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