Visit to La Coupole & Batterie Todt

Country: France
Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department: Pas-de-Calais
Date: Friday, the 14th of May 2010
Title: Visit to La Coupole in Helfaut-Wizernes (Google Maps logo) & Batterie Todt in Audinghen (Google Maps logo)

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A sinister view, a concrete monster. La Coupole (The Dome) was a Nazi Germany bunker constructed in a former limestone quarry and planned for V2 rocket assembly and launches. The site was bombed as a “Heavy Crossbow” target and the rockets were launched from mobile firing batteries instead.

The Todt Battery (Batterie Todt in French and German) is a battery of coastal artillery built by the Germans in World War II, located in the hamlet of Haringzelles and Audinghen, near Cap Gris Nez, France. It was one of the most important coastal fortifications of the Atlantic Wall and consisted of four 380 mm calibre Krupp guns with a range up to 55.7 km, capable of reaching the British coast, and each protected by a bunker of reinforced concrete.

One of the four casemates now houses a museum about World War II, Musée du Mur de l’Atlantique. The exhibits include military hardware, including, outside, one of two surviving Krupp K 5 artillery railway gun.

Read more about these structures here (Dutch only).

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