Longues-sur-Mer Batterie – Normandy

The M272 Casemate with 15cm Naval Gun


Longues-sur-Mer Batterie
Normandy, France
39 Rue de la Mer
14400 Longues-sur-Mer
Latitude: 49.34346 North
Longitude: 0.6921 West

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This open air coastal batterie is another beautifully preserved example of the Atlantik Wall and is a very popular tourist spot drawing thousands of visitors every year most notably during the summer months.

It’s very easy to find and a must see when visiting the Normandy region. Located to the west of Aromanches-les-Bains and close to the town of Long-sur-Mer.

Take the D514 west and then the D104 North until you reach the batterie parking lot. Parking is limited but if you are camping there is a camping area just a few hundred yards heading North. My suggestion is to get their early. When I visited this site in 2013 I arrived around 10:00 a.m. within an hour the lot was full but as is the case with a lot of areas in France you can park to the side of the road, safely.

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 admin@germanbunkers.com

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

An M272 Casemate containing one of four 150 mm Naval Guns at this site

The crew entrance of the M262 Fire Control Bunker

Profile shot of one of the M272 casemates

Still standing strong as she fired on the ships attacking on D-DAY all those years ago

Destroyed portions of the gun still remain, in the background to the left is the gift shop

Outside looking in - Showing the gun parts, the nose and structural frame under the nose of the M272

Rear left crew entrance to the M272 casemate bunker

A nice view across the top of the M262.

The M262 Fire Control Bunker

The side view of the M262 Fire Control Bunker overlooking the sea

The rear entrance to the back of one of the M272 casemates

Distance shot of one of the four casemate bunkers

The damaged gun parts lying under the nose of the M272

Outside the back showing the battle damage of the M272

Beautifully and clean! - the inside of the M272. A lot of the other bunkers I visited in 2013 and 2016 had graffiti which is a real shame.

Another top side view with the staircase in sight. This bunker type is one of a kind, you won't find another in anywhere in France.

The stairs leading up to the M262 Fire Control Bunker

One of the guns suffered a direct hit on D-DAY by one of the battle cruisers

A nice dark daunting shot of the of the 150mm German Naval gun

This particular bunker was severely damaged during an air-raid, knocking the gun out of action.

A good look at the damage to the left side of M272

Another shot at the air raid damage to the M272

A nice view on top of the M272 - imagine what was running through the heads of those looking out to sea on June 6th, 1944

And one last shot facing out to the ocean, I can only imagine the shock, panic and despair once the morning light came up on the 6th of June 1944.

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