Places of Interest

Merville Battery

The Merville Battery was on the east side of the River Orne, overlooking Sword Beach.  The capture of this battery was the 6th Airborne divisions second ”coup du main” operation on D day morning.

The 9th Battalion led by Lt Col Terence Otway, captured the battery in the early hours of D Day with just over 150 paratroopers, out of the original planned 650 paratroopers.

Today you can visit the Musee de La Batterie de Merville and walk in the old bunkers.  They also show an excellent film depicting the assault and capture of the Merville battery.


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Photographs 1 & 3 taken by Dave Vickers, Photocoordinates