Entrance to the tunnels, quarried into the chalk hills
justinland from the coast
The deep tunnels stay cool all year round. They cost the
lives of thousands of slave labourers to
The Cannon of
More than half a century ago, thousands of slave
labourers were camped on the windswept hills near Marquise,
toiling round the clock to dig out five long tunnels in the
Biggest guns ever
These were intended to contain 25 enormous gun barrels, 130
metres long, and with a calibre of 150mm. They would have
been the biggest guns in the world. Between them, they could
have fired a barrage of rocket-assisted
shells* with fins, capable of
reaching London, one every 12 seconds.
Like the V2, this was one of Hitler's secret
weapons - a last-ditch attempt to reverse the
impending defeat of Nazi Germany in 1943-44. The base was
never completed: it was bombed by the allies on 6 July 1944,
using the powerful Tallboy bomb to penetrate the
Soon after, the site was captured by the advancing troops
liberating northern France after D-Day. It is now a memorial
to Tim for this information.
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Location: Fortresse de
Mimoyecques, 62250 LANDRETHUN-LE-NORD.
7 from Calais-Boulogne autoroute; follow D231 to Landrethun,
then signs to Mimoyecques.
Rough guide to
1 Apr- 11Nov:
every day 11.00-18.00 (incl.Suns and holidays); 1 Jul-30
Tel: 00 33 (0)3 21 87 10 34 - Fax: 00 33 (0)3 21 83 33