Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Normandy trip – Day 3 - Merville

We started this day with an decidedly non-D-day activity – a visit to a calvados producer, Château du Breuil. Nice enough, but I would have preferred a bunker J
Had a tasting after the tour and the calvados was very nice, but not nice enough to drag it home.
Of to lunch, in the city of Honfleur. Had an excellent three course lunch and cider.
A markedly odd house in Honfleur. Would be well situated in a fantasy campaign.
The harbour, and very narrow houses.
After a short trip to a non-D-day beach with a famous beachwalk, we had some action – The batteries at Merville.
It was a battery of four 100 mm artillery pieces in casemates, protected by light AA guns and machine guns.
British paras attacked the battery on D-day, read a good description of the action here.
Today there is a show of sorts in one of the bunkers, showing the attack as if you were one of the Germans.
One of the antiquated artillery pieces.
A 20mm AA-gun in action
Scribbels on the foundation in one of the AA gun-pits.
A Dakota (I think)
Day 3 to be continued

Rest of the trip:
Part 1 – Day 1
Part 5 Day 2 – Longues and Arromanches


  1. Cool! I attacked Merville during The Lardest Day a few years ago. It was one of the bloodiest games I've ever been in, but we silenced all four guns.
    Did you get any pics from outside the bunkers?

    1. Unfortunately not. I don't know what I was thinking about...