Musée de la Batterie de Crisbecq

Carentan
Normandy
Museums

The Crisbecq artillery battery was built in 1942 by the Todt organisation and has placements for 21-cm Skoda guns. The battery covered the sector from Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue to Pointe du Hoc and was commanded by Lieutenant Walter Ohmsen. 21 blockhouses are linked together by a network of trenches at a battery that housed 406 soldiers when the US 4th Infantry Division closed in on it after fighting their way up from Utah Beach on D-Day. Only 78 managed to break out and join their lines on June 12th, leaving behind 21 wounded and many American prisoners.

Today, all of the 21 blockhouses are open to the public and some contain diorama depicting what everyday life was like at the battery during the war. In 2014, the museum is gaining 4 new guns and more German war artefacts in new dioramas. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, there will also be a reconstructed American camp with vehicles and all the equipment that would have been necessary at a camp after the landings.

Places to visit nearby

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