This is one of the most remarkable stories of from the second world war and the efforts of one man to bring back to life a long since forgotten German gun batterie located at Grand Camp Maisy, Normandy.
Historian and military expert Gary Sterne from England bought a pair of U.S. Serviceman's trousers at a military memorabilia auction, in one of the pockets he found an old map from D-Day and upon further research he found a vast German gun batterie which was ordered to be dug over by the Americans after the war had ended.
Gary has spent a great deal of time and money uncovering the site and buying the land from a number of land owners and farmers. I had the pleasure of meeting with Gary's son in 2013 and he and his father have an amazing story to tell. Since 2013 Gary has written a book which is a must read and can be bought via Amazon.
But before continuing further and to see the photographs I took in 2013 you need to read this first, it's vital you understand exactly what Gary has uncovered and what the ramifications of his find mean historically.
Read this article first "Does Point du Hoc still matter".
Here is a newspaper article on-line detailing Gary's find:
Daily Telegraph article - January 4th, 2008.
Here is the link to buy Gary's book Cover up at Omaha Beach
7 Route des Perruques
If you are coming from Omaha Beach or have just visited the bunker ruins at Point du Hoc then the Maisy Batterie is easy to find and this is a "must" visit on your itinerary.
Take the D514 until you reach the small town of Maisey, shortly after passing through the town you will come across a road called des Perruques. Take this turning and continue driving a short distance, the batterie parking is on your left. I have posted a photo of the entrance to your right.
This is a sprawling complex, make sure you bring plenty of water to drink if visiting during the summer months as it can get hot here. The site is beautifully preserved and deserves the appreciation of what Gary Sterne did to bring this back to life let alone tell the story about what really happened here on D-Day and the U.S. Army Rangers that fought to take it.
I took my time at this site and you should do the same, I was able to take several hundred photographs that day but will only publish some of them on this site. Again when you visit Normandy the Maisy Baterrie should be on your list.
The prior bombing run missed the target!
I used two different cameras on the 2013 visit. The Nikon Coolpix 35mm and the Apple iPad mini.
Click on each thumbnail image to enlarge.