Tagged: France

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Railway gun Krupp K5

In the north of France, in the town of Audinghen, there is a museum that manages the bunker “Todt”. The bunker itself is already a solid appearance ... but the cannon that stands next to it ... that was what mattered to us ... A Krupp K5 cannon, made between 1937 and 1940. It fired a 255 kilo grenade over a distance of almost 70 km. The gun weighs 120 tons and is 32 meters long.

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Musée Aeroscopia aka the Airbus Museum

The Airbus factories are located in Blagnac (France) and there is also the airbus museum. Officially it is a general airplane museum, but if you pay a little attention you can see who the sponsor is.

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Ouistreham bunker museum

In Ouistreham (France) is a WW2 bunker that is now in use as a museum. From an original landing craft (which was also used in the movie "saving private ryan", to uniforms, a few tanks, rooms full of original stuff and way way more.

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Modelmuseum La Rochelle

If you want to see something different in La Rochelle… visit the automatons (these are dolls that can move mechanically) and the model museum. From submarine to F1 racing car and from train to castle. When we visited it, it was very quiet, very relaxed and they have a very nice collection. And… we still have the photos. 🙂

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Maritime Museum La Rochelle

In La Rochelle there is a super nice maritime museum : Musée Maritime de La Rochelle. From very cute sailing boats to ships that can go directly to the ocean. Very worthwhile if you are interested in that theme.

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La Rochelle

Anyone who has seen the movie “das boot” also knows what the town of La Rochelle was in the second world war: A naval base for, among other things, submarine boats. The (huge) bunkers for those U-boats are still there, but ...

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Oradour-sur-Glane

On June 10, 1944 in the town of Oradour-sur-Glane, the village (in France) was closed in by the first regiment "Der Führer" of the 2nd SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich and destroyed. 642 people were killed.

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Pointe du Hoc

On June 6, 1944 (D-Day), at 07.00 am, the US 2nd Ranger battalion came up along this coast in France, along the rock wall that is 30 meters high, with rope ladders ...

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