BENERVILLE-SUR-MER

Guided visit: The Mont-Canisy artillery batteries

The Mont-Canisy has been a seigniorial domain for centuries, and has recently been a coastal artillery post twice, for its strategical position to the south of the Seine Bay. This hill is a place charged with history: it was a seigniorial stronghold in 1793, an anti-submarine defence post in 1917-1918, a coastal battery between 1935 and 1940, then the most important artillery fulcrum of the "Atlantic Wall" between Cherbourg and Le Havre from 1941 and 1944. Being situated in front of the Le Havre Port and the Seine Bay, it was transformed into a fortress during the latest World War: for the first time from 1935 to 1940, when the French National Navy built two batteries to protect the Estuary and the Port of Le Havre; then from 1942 to 1944, when it became a major link of the "Atlantic Wall", facing the landing attempts of the Allied. There are still many vestiges of that time: pillboxes and 155 mm cannon tanks, shelter-bunkers, protecting tobruks, shot direction post... but the most incredible must-see of these guided visits is an underground structure including 250 m of tunnels, 25 confinement cells, 6 stairs to reach the surface, 25 ammunition stores…these underground galleries are placed 15 m under the ground and spread over more than 150 km of coast!
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Guided visit: The Mont-Canisy artillery batteries

Mont-Canisy

14910 BENERVILLE-SUR-MER

Opening times

Monday 23/10/2017
From 14:30

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Guided walk

Guided walk, Visit