Camaret and the Atlantic Wall!

As I go up to my neighboring department 29 of Finistére in my lovely Bretagne my horizons of things to see expands exponentially. I have been by here and have posts in my blog, a familiar saying. However, there is always something missing or in depth as usual by now from me. Therefore, I like to tell you a bit more on Camaret sur Mer and the Atlantic Wall!

Camaret-sur-Mer is 80 km from Brest by road and 65 km from Quimper and is located in the far west of the Crozon peninsula. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, more precisely the Iroise Sea, at the entrance to the Gully of Brest.

As you head towards the Pointe de Pen Hir, you will see from afar the gigantic anchors which mark the Memorial Museum dedicated to the Battle of the Atlantic and which pays homage to all sailors, civilians and soldiers who disappeared at sea during this crucial episode of WWII. It was set up in one of the blockhouses on the cliff of Kerbonn, 50 meters above the sea. Poems are engraved on the anchors.

camaret sur mer

The first military fortifications on the site of Kerbonn date from 1889-1891. The Fort of Kerbonn is a hill battery, whose role was to fight against ships in the harbor of Brest. Between 1942 and 1944, the Nazis built casemates on the site. It mainly consists of 4 firing casemates for French 164 mm cannon, 6 passive shelters, 1 firing director station and 3 tanks for defense cannons against airplanes (DCA) One of the Nazi casemates now houses the Battle Memorial Atlantic museum.

camaret sur mer

camaret sur mer

The Nazis built many blockhouses along the Camaret coast, as part of the Atlantic Wall, the most important being the Kerbonn battery located between the Pointe de Pen-Hir and the Pointe du Toulinguet, now transformed into a Memorial Museum of the Battle of the Atlantic, but also at Pointe du Grand/Petit Gouin. The Nazi battery of the Grand Gouin is the most important coastal defense of the Crozon peninsula. It was composed of four 220 mm batteries, each accompanied by four bunkers, as well as a fire control station and several parts against the aircraft.

camaret sur mer

This is a very good webpage on information about the Atlantic wall in French of course , but I find it the best information available on the web! Crozon Peninsula on the batteries at Kerbonn

Crozon Peninsula on the batteries of Grand Gouin: Crozon peninsula on batteries at Gouin

To know more about the history of Camaret sur MerCity of Camaret sur Mer on its history

And voilà a wonderful tip on the peninsula to see the vast Atlantic ocean and surrounded by history as well as quain harbor seaside town of Camaret sur Mer. Hope you enjoy it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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