Merville Battery

WWII museum in a restored Nazi fortification with bunkers, a sound & light show & a C-47 plane. The Merville Battery was a German gun battery located near the French village of Merville-Franceville-Plage in Normandy. It was a key target for the British 6th Airborne Division during the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944. The battery was heavily fortified with artillery and machine guns, posing a significant threat to the Allied invasion forces landing on Sword Beach.

In the early hours of D-Day, British paratroopers were tasked with capturing and disabling the battery to prevent it from firing on the landing beaches. Despite facing heavy resistance and suffering significant casualties, the paratroopers successfully neutralized the battery, securing an important objective in the Allied campaign to liberate Normandy. Today, the site is preserved as the Merville Battery Museum, offering visitors insight into this pivotal moment in military history.

 

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