WN 62 Upper

The upper 612 bunker of WN62.


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, this one details the upper 612 bunker, the lower 612 bunker is detailed on the previous page.

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.

The upper 612 bunker of WN62.

The emblem for the 5th Engineer Special Brigade, part of the memorial atop the 612 upper bunker.

The memorial which lists the names of individual units and those that gave their lives are inscribed onto the memorial.

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

The plaque that details D-Day and the landings on Omaha Beach has since fallen from it's mount, I am sure this will be repaired for the 75th anniversary.

The business end of the 612 bunker, the upper bunker of WN 62. This bunker held the 75mm field gun.

As seen in the lower 612 fine camouflage patterns can clearly be seen on both sides of the bunker.

The Germans had a clear line of fire on Omaha Beach seen here from the 612.

This beach was the scene of absolute carnage on June 6th, 1944. The men were cut down by a hail of fire from several vantage points from the bluffs straight ahead.

This shot I took from the beach gives you an example of the tough fight ahead to silence this bunker. The foliage would not have been there on D-Day but was covered in obstacles and barbed wire.

Clear battle damage still remains evident to this day.

Exposed rebar from the 669 which took direct shelling and fire from the men fighting their way up the beach.

A close-up shot of the front end of the 669 at WN 62.

The upper 612 has the protected concrete entry way, the lower does not have this.

Looking down on the back end entrance to the 669. Tourists on top look out onto Omaha Beach.

One of the small ammo rooms in the 669.

A detailed look at the fine camouflage patterns inside the gun room of the 612 at WN62.

A nice side glance at the camouflage patterns.

Battle damage most likely caused from a direct hit from the 741st Tank Battalion.

The memorial to the 5th Engineer Special Brigade which sits atop the 612 at WN62.

Facing the opposite side of the monument.

And the other side with inscriptions.

Looking towards the back entrance through the front end, nice and dry on a beautiful summers morning here at Omaha Beach.

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