Todt Battery

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Todt Battery
Part of the Atlantic Wall
Haringzelle, Audinghen, Pas de Calais, France
Audinghen Batterie Todt.jpg
The Todt Battery in 2008
War Ensign of Germany (1938-1945).svgReichsadler der Deutsches Reich (1933–1945).svg
Kriegsmarine Ensign
Site information
Open to
the public
One casemate is open to the public
Condition Four casemates, in varied condition
Site history
Built 1942 (1942)
Built by Organisation Todt
In use 1942-44
Materials Concrete and steel
Battles/wars Operation Undergo
Garrison information
Garrison  Kriegsmarine

The Todt Battery is a battery of coastal artillery built by the Germans in World War II, located in the hamlet of Haringzelle, Audinghen, near Cape Gris Nez, Pas de Calais, France. It was one of the most important[citation needed] coastal fortifications of the Atlantic Wall, and consisted of four 380 millimetres (15 in) calibre Krupp guns with a range up to 55.7 kilometres (34.6 mi), capable of reaching the British coast, and each protected by a bunker of reinforced concrete.

History[edit]

The battery fired its first shell on 20 January 1942, although it was only officially opened in February 1942 in the presence of high Kriegsmarine dignitaries.[citation needed] Originally to be called Siegfried Battery, it was renamed in honour of the German engineer Fritz Todt, creator of the Todt Organisation and responsible for the construction of the Atlantic Wall, who died in a plane crash days before the battery's inauguration.

The battery was taken by Anglo-Canadian troops in September 1944, after an intense aerial bombardment, as part of Operation Undergo.

Museum[edit]

One of the four casemates now houses a museum about World War II, Musée du Mur de l'Atlantique. The exhibits include military hardware, including, outside, one of two surviving Krupp K5 artillery rail-mounted cannon.

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  • This article was created from the translation of the article Batterie Todt the French Wikipedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported and free documentation license GNU.

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Coordinates: 50°50′39″N 1°36′00″E / 50.8443°N 1.5999°E / 50.8443; 1.5999