Leistand – Oye Plage

Address:

Route de Dunes
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Northern France

Coordinates:
50.996922, 2.052542

Driving from the west take the D19 road until you reach a road called Rue de la Mer, from there take a right on the Route Des Junes, you will pass a camping site to the left and to your right a few hundred feet lies the Leistand.

There really is no parking area per say, but there is some off road dirt parking which you will see as you approach the site. Just park your car off the road and walk in.

This is one of the true gems of the Atlantikwall. The Germans had disguised this as a church tower but was a Fire Control tower or Leistand.

After it was captured by the Canadians in 1944 sometime after D-Day there was an attempt to demolish the site but it clearly failed and she stands today a testament to the structural integrity of the Atalntikwall.

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The Leistand at Oye Plage as she looked after the war. Note the cross at the top of the tower, long since lost to time. (photo from the book Bunker Archeology by
Paul Virilio)

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

The rays of the sun beam down on the Leistand at Oye Plage.

Looking upwards at this iconic part of the Atlantikwall.

The exposed rebar on the western side of the Leistand.

Another view stepping back at the exposed rebar.

An external look at the one of the outside hatches.

The iron steps taken at the back of the Leistand. There is rubble and remains on the ground leading down.

Another look down.

Partially bricked up hatch.

The iron doors still in place, frozen in time...

A closer look.

One on the top and one on the bottom.

And looking back.

Inside the Leistand. There isn't a way in unless your very skinny and small.

Another look up from the other side.

At this angle she appears straight.

Across the street lies an R134 ammunition bunker. This bunker supported the coastal battery of M270 casemates, which were located closer to the beach.

The entrance to the bunker is hidden behind a thorny thicket of shrubbery.

The entrance to the bunker could be accessed but not on this visit, it will wait for another day.

One last look back as we leave this legendary part of the Atlantikwall.

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