Batterie Todt

The Batterie Todt at Audinghen

The Battery Todt France



Battery Todt photos of the WWll bunker in Northern France


The Battery Todt is just outside the village of Audinghen at Cap Gris Nez.

It is one of the seven biggest bunkers built to protect the 380mm gun.

The walls and roof of the bunker are over 3 metres thick.

The battery was completed in January 1942 by Dr Fritz Todt`s organisation.

The Dr Todt was an engineer who Hitler appointed in 1933 to build the first motorways in Germany.

His company was in charge of 14000 sites and 300 000 workers.

He was killed in a plane crash a month after the battery was opened.

During the war the bunker had a farmhouse and some trees painted on the side as camouflage.

Hitler visited the site as well as Rommel and Goering.

The Battery Todt


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The battery was a threat to both Dover and the coast and shipping in the channel. During the three years the battery was operational the four guns fired 200 shells each.

They had periods of up to 2 months when they did not fire the most they fired was 12 shots in a day. The battery was finally captured in September 1944 after two air raids dropped 2000 tons of bombs

They did not seem to have damaged the bunker. The German troops gave up when Canadian tanks fired shells through the loopholes. You can see them in the photo the shells exploded over the explosives stored under the gun.

The Bunker


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The photo shows the area the gun was, the cement benches behind the museum exhibits had a narrow gauge track to bring in the munitions.

You can see it in the right hand corner

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The gun had a German navy crew you can see the bedrooms for the men on watch in the photo.

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Just an update

We first visited Batterie Todt about 6 years ago we drive pass 2 or 3 times a year.So this year we decided to revisit to see if anything had changed.They have improved the entrance with a proper entrance with gift shop.A better layout inside plus new toilets and they have cleaned up the railway gun outside.So I would still recommend a visit to see a unique piece of history

If you want to stay in the area and enjoy the countryside and sea views you can see the UK from the cliffs.

I would stay at the seaside village of Wissant there is a good range of accommodation BBs Hotels and a campsite.

It is only 5 miles away. Or you go the other way towards Ambleteuse which has similar accommodation.

Hotels in the in and around Ambleteuse

We have stayed at several Gites over the years along this coast and have enjoyed them all

This cottage is a few miles from Ambleteuse in the village of Les Coquelicots

Les Coquelicotgite to rent picture

On the edge of the village with fine country views and walks from the door.

46 kms from Calais, 12 kms from the very popular resort of Hardelot Plage and 17 kms from Wimereux.

Tennis 2 kms, horse-riding 4 kms, shops 5 kms, swimming pool and sailing 12 kms.

To book this cottage

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