After our visit to Mont Canisy we return towards the D 513 and head for Villerville by Deauville.
With some hard searching you can find some
objects. For more information and some research the magazine
'39-45 Historica', (April-May-June 2000) 'Le Mur de
L'Atlantique en Normandie' the publisher Heimdal (it is
written French). They sell them in the better souvenir shop
The one way road through the centre of Villersville leads
to a small boulevard on the beach of this town. Across the bay
lays Le Havre.
with obstacles in the sea, Then and Now
The beach over here was heavy defended, not only with
heavy guns, but also with obstacles on the beach. The beach
was loaded with 'Belgium Gates'. These could be rolled with
the tide to have the sharp ends of the gates just above the
waterline, to rip open the bottom of landing craft.
Gate', an obstacle against landing craft.
From the boulevard I advise you to make a walk on this
beach, heading east. Walk approximately 500 meter along the
steep cliff. Halfway, at low tide, you come across a wreck of
a boat, unknown to me. At the same level, near the cliff, lies
an enormous Blockhaus. This one still shows the German black
paint to outline of a now disappeared building. The next
bunkers you come across, a further 250 meter, are the from the
stronghold 'Trou 08 Cricqueboeuf'.
Cricqueboeuf', with black paint still on the bunker
In the middle of this complex lies a bunker which looks as it is deteriorating
by erosion. But at closer examination it
tells you that this was done on purpose, to give it a
'feeling' that it was part of the cliff. Before the concrete
was poured, the builders placed some sandbags in the mould.
When the mould was removed, the illusion of erosion was left
as a marking in the concrete. In this bunker stood an SK 4.7
cm Skoda 36(t).
Stroll back to the boulevard of Virreville and
continue our route east, heading for Honfleur
The first important battery was near Vasouy, a few
kilometers west of Honfleur. Located here was Wn Trou
05 Marineküstenbatterie (MKB) Vasouy, under the command of
9. Marine Artillerie Abteilung 266. Here were three heavy
bunkers of the type M272. Construction of this side started in
the sumer of 1943 and was concluded at the end of that year.
Each battery contained a 15 cm L/45.
finding post, Type M262.
West of the complex, at the back, the Germans built a range
finding post, Type M262. Three 2 cm Flak 30 canons with a
searchlight offered protection against bomber attacks. During
D-Day the complex was out of reach to take action against the
invasion forces. In August, 1944 the occupants of the
battery left the complex and retreated to Le Havre. A couple
of days later some divers of the Kriegsmarine returned to blow
up the guns in the bunkers.
of Vasouy, Then and Now.
What is left? Take the D 513 from Honfleur heading for
Trouville in the west. 200 meters before you reach the village
sign of Pennedepie, you may spot in a flash the giant range
finding post. To park your car is quite difficult, but across
the road is a small spot.
Not a stair,
but the deflectionshield of the eastern kazemat
The battery is located on a private land, but it is worth a
quick peak under the barbwire. The range finding post is very
impressive. There are two gunnery M272 places left intact. The
one in the east is blown to pieces. It must have been with
such a tremendous explosion, that the shock off disbelief left
the other two standing. An enormous crater and blocks of
concrete are spread over the whole place.
The crater of the northern M272