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Saturday, November 07, 2009
Batterie Todt, Calais
This large coastal gun battery, located at Audinghen, West of Calais, was built in 1940. It was named after Dr. Fritz Todt, the mastermind behind the Nazi military engineering programme Organisation Todt. The guns of the battery were located in four large casemates, numbered Turm I-IV. Turm I now houses the Atlantik Wall Museum, which has examples of WW2 guns, ammunition and information about the battery and others in the area. Turm II located in some woods nearby, and has been sealed to preserve the interior. Turm III was blown up after the war, but the remnants can be viewed and help show the level contruction that went into the battery. Turm IV is located at the edge of a farmer's field and remains in good condition. There are many other bunkers located in woods around the battery, but a number of them have now been sealed.
Turm I can be easily visited, but care must be taken if visiting the others.
The Exterior of Turm I
Railway gun outside
Interior of Turm I, now housing various guns
On the lower level of Turm I
Pipe work on the lower level
Exterior of Turm II
Looking into Turm II
Part of the roof of Turm III
Remains of Turm III
Underneath the roof of Turm III
Exterior of Turm IV
Interior of the casemate Looking the other way Passage behind the gun area
Rooms at the rear of the gun position
Unfortunately, most of the stencilled signs have been covered with recent graffiti