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The Grand Bunker


Observation Post, Direction Shooting, Command Post ... The Grand Bunker is all at once!

The Grand Bunker is a unique place for a unique museum dedicated to the Atlantic Wall. By itself, it is a real concentrate of the Atlantic Wall. In this special place, by its character of special construction, awaits the visit a complete abstract of the Atlantic Wall, this gigantic project of 4000 km, undertaken by the Organization Todt on the orders of Adolf Hitler.

In this one place, both Observation Post, Post Management Shooting, command post, you seem to share a moment of the daily life of soldiers living in the confined space of concrete. You can detail all the equipment involved in a Command Post. You will also enter the intimate interconnection between the existing Observation Post and Position Management Shooting. Throughout the visit, he will seem more obvious as you progress through a nerve center multi-function Command housed in this very special Sonderkonstruktion 17 meters high.

The Grand Bunker at Ouistreham

Located at a stones throw from the beach and the Ferry terminal, the Atlantic Wall Museum is inside the old German headquarter which was in charge of the batteries covering the entrance of the river Orne and the canal. The 52ft high concrete tower has been fully restaured to make it look how it was on the 6th of june 1944.

A pocket of German resistance

On six june, intrigued by this unforeseen obstacle, the Franco British Commandos attemped to approach the tower, but were repulsed by machine-gun fire and stick- grenades being thrown from the top. They were content to skirt the bunker, which remained a permanent threat during the following days.

The capture of the Grand Bunker
On 9 june, lieutenant Bob Orrell of Royal Engineers, 91Field Company R.E., 3rd Beach Group, 3rd Canadien Div., 2nd British Army, was given orders to invest the large Bunker. Accompagnied by three men, he placed two explosive charges one after the other to blow up armour-placed door. Altoghether it took them four hours to break it open! The garnison of two officers and fifty men then surrenderedand the liberation of Ouistreham was complete. The set of defensive works at Ouistreham shows the scate of construction work involved in the building of the Atlantic Wall.

Le Grand Bunker
Musée du mur de l'Atlantique
Avenue du 6 juin
14150 Ouistreham
E-mail : museegrandbunker@sfr.fr
Tél. : 02 31 97 28 69
Fax : 02 31 96 66 05

The museum is open every day - 10 Am to 6Pm from February 1 until december 31
- 9 Am to 7Pm from april 1 until September 30 nd

TariffsEntrance : 7,00€
Children from 6 to 12 years : 5,00€
Normandy pass : 6€

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