PLEASE NOTE: At this time of the year we often work on the site.
If you are travelling a distance please check first that we will be open. Additionally, on occasion – you will find a note on the cabin door. If you call the number we will come and open up for you, if possible.
Welcome to Maisy Battery.com
The website for the Maisy Battery – Omaha Beach – Normandy
Maisy Battery was one of the largest German defensive positions in the Omaha sector on D-day. Today it is open to the public after being buried for over 60 years and you can walk through over 2 miles of original German trenches. You can go into bunker after bunker as you walk around this astonishing site.
The site is continually being developed as it was completely buried until 6 years ago. Each year more and more of the original trenches and bunkers are being uncovered. But go and look through your history books… how many of them mention Maisy Battery as even existing.
The reason for that… the Germans built Maisy in total secrecy whilst letting the world know all about the nearby battery at Pointe du Hoc.
The effect of that was to divert all the Allied attention towards the site at Pointe du Hoc which was not operational on D-day.
Maisy was lost amidst the 60 year Top Secrecy laws of the US and Great Britain and effectively the battle became lost in the mists of time. That was until a map was found in a veterans pair of trousers and it started a search for the missing positions.
When you visit you can go into all of the buildings, they are well lit and you can see for yourself just how the German army lived prior to the invasion. You can stand in their machine-gun tobruks – where they fired at the advancing Rangers on the 9th of June 1944.
You can walk down the steps of the commanders office and stand inside his bombproof headquarters where the men of F Company – 5th Rangers blew the doors in to assault the building.
Maisy is a unique site. Nowhere else on the invasion coast can you walk down miles of original Geman trenches… they don’t exist now. Maisy has original German field howitzers on the gun pits… you can touch them. You can examine them and stand just where the German gunners did to fire at the invasion fleet.
The site is a safe and fascinating environment from which to study the history of the atlantic wall. We play host to dozens of school parties each year and we offer guided tours on request, or you can simply take your time and walk around at your own pace. The choice is yours. Rest assured Maisy Battery is the best site you will visit on your trip to Normandy… and remember the Germans built it in secret, so that it cannot be seen from the car park.
Maisy Battery – Route Des Perruques, Grandcamp-Maisy 14450 Calvados. FRANCE