La Batterie d’Azeville – Normandy

The 650 type casemate


La Batterie d’Azeville
Chemin du Mont d’ Azeville
(google maps have this marked as Lieu-dit La Rue, 50310)
GPS Coordinates

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This is the greeting that welcomes visitors upon visiting the batterie museum:

Built by the Germans between 1941 and 1944 and manned by a garrison of 170 men, the batterie was an important part of the Atlantik Wall defenses.

At the heart of the fighting from the very first minutes of the American landing on Utah Beach, it was captured on the morning of June 9th, 1944.

Discover the history and the architecture of this batterie, the life of the garrison and it's relationship with the local inhabitants, as well as the bitter events in 1944, along a guided visit that follows part of the 650m of underground galleries linking pillboxes, fortified living areas, the factory, the hospital etc.

Please ensure your behaviour and attitude reflect respect for this place of memory. War is unfortunately not a game. Private re-enactments are not permitted on this site.

The easiest route I found to get to this battery was coming from the city of Carentan in the the east and is to take the N13 motorway (highway) which will lead you to the D115 then merging onto the D269 which leads to the batterie.

When leaving the site make sure to visit the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. Famous for the American airborne tragedy on D-DAY. (a link with directions will appear later on here)
All photographs on this visit were taken on Friday, August 16th & Saturday, August 17th, 2013 and are subject to copyright. Please be respectful and do not copy them for your own personal or professional use. If you would like to contact the photographer and admin of this web site please e-mail

I used two different cameras on the 2013 visit. The Nikon Coolpix 35mm and the Apple iPad mini.

Profile view of the 650 type German Casemate

The 650 type casemate

The perfect line of site when firing the MG42 out of this bunker

Looking towards the open field from a machine gun bunker

Down the corridoor connecting the bunker complex

Leading out and up the stairs from tunnel complex

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