WN 62 Lower

WN 62 Omaha Beach, Normandy - this is one of two 612 bunkers.


14710 Colleville-sur-Mer, France

49.360472, -0.847135

An historic site to visit and just steps away from the beautiful American Cemetery at Colleville.
This is a fairly easy site to visit and I strongly recommend getting here early. If you have visited the cemetery which I also highly suggest and is documented on this web site here then you can just walk down the bluffs to WN 62. There are two 612 type bunkers here, the lower one we will detail in this section and the upper 612 in a separate section.

If you are coming from the south you can take one of two roads, it doesn't really matter each one as they both intersect and lead directly to ample parking areas. However in 2016 I was here shortly after 9:30 a.m. and by 11:00 a.m. both parking areas were completely full. This is a big tourist draw and there are coaches that bring tour groups in.

So if you are coming from the south take the Route du Capitain Joe Dawson or the Moulins road, again both lead to parking areas, if you are unsure just type in the coordinates above into your GPS and it will take you straight there.

But if you want to make a full day of this and take it all in I highly suggest parking in the American Cemetery above the bluffs, visit the museum and the grounds both are which are incredibly moving, afterwards walk down to visit the two 612 bunkers and the sandy beach known as bloody Omaha.

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A screen shot from my GoPro camera of the 612 bunker of WN 62.

A close-up shot of the 612 at WN 62.

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I used two different cameras on the 2016 visit. The Nikon Coolpix 35mm, the Apple iPhone Six Plus and the GoPro Hero 4 camera.

A view of WN 62 the lower of the two 612 type bunkers here on Omaha Beach, Normandy.

Walking up the grassy hill that leads to the 612 bunker of WN 62.

The business end of the 612 at WN 62. The crew had a direct line of fire onto the beach below.

Another view of the 612 on WN 62.

The left corner of the 612 which looks to be Formstein a type of concrete block used by the Germans in some construction projects on the Atlantikwall.

A close-up shot of the concrete work.

Another side glance of the concrete corner and the front end.

One more glance before we look at the entrance way.

The left corner of the entrance way where the doors would have been.

The right corner of the 612.

The top portion of the front end showing signs of battle damage.

Another shot of the entrance with battle damage from D-DAY. The rear entrance can be seen in the background.

Looking through the back entrance, note the fine camouflage patterns on the front right side of the concrete.

Another shot inside the 612 looking out towards the front end.

The gun room of WN 62, the stories this could tell.

A look to the left coming in through the back.

One of the small ammunition rooms to the left.

A tragic site, the interior room now littered with rubbish, its a shame these bunkers are not preserved for future generations.

These little fellas have made a nice home here though.

A look to the left of the gun room and the two birds that call this home.

The ceiling of the 612 and hooks still present.

Another look at the guns ammo room for the crew.

Looking in through the front on our way out before we leave.

Another nice view looking aft.

Obscured today by foliage the crew of WN 62 would have had a clear line of fire on Omaha Beach.

As we exit one last look until our next visit.

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