Batterie Todt – Turm II – Audinghen, Cap Gris Nez, France


Batterie Todt Turm II
Batterie Todt Turm II gun emplacement

Turm II of Batterie Todt lies more hidden away in the foliage of the nearby forest of Haringzelles. The bunker is in bad shape. There’s water at the bottom of the firing chamber and there are signs of recent decay. The back of the bunker is heavily damaged. It is possible to walk around it and have a look inside, but the firing chamber that originally housed the Krupp 380mm (15 inch) SK C/34 naval gun inside a C/39 armored turret (Ger: Bettungsschiessgerüst) has been fenced off for safety reasons.

The additional ammunitions- and machine rooms are sealed off to form a habitat for bats.

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Batterie Todt Turm II view of the back wall of the gun emplacement
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Batterie Todt Turm II inside
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Batterie Todt Turm II looking at the gun emplacement pivot
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Batterie Todt Turm II gun opening. The protective concrete overhang is gone.
Batterie Todt Casemate 2
A schematic drawing of Turm II (Casemate nr. 2) at Batterie Todt

Batterie Todt

This bunker is part of Batterie Todt which was constructed between 1940 and 1942 together with other German coastal batteries like Batterie Oldenburg along the French coast in preparation for the Invasion of Britain, codenamed Operation Sea Lion. The battery had a total of four casemates or “Turms” fitted with 380mm naval guns.

The battery became operational in January 1942 and was officially opened in February of the same year by Admiral Karl Dönitz and Admiral Erich Reader. Although initially named Batterie Siegfried, the name was changed to Batterie Todt just days before the opening, to honor German engineer Fritz Todt, head of the Todt Organisation, who died in a plane crash on Februari 8th 1942.

Batterie Todt Turm II
Batterie Todt Turm II looking inside. The forest is claiming back it’s territory.
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Batterie Todt Turm II back battle damage
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Batterie Todt Turm II stairs in decay
Batterie Todt Turm II
Batterie Todt Turm II battle damage
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Batterie Todt Turm II back

Scan this area closely because there are a lot more bunkers hidden in the green nearby, all part of the battery at the time. Some bunkers catch you by suprise, as you become aware of them while they are only a few yards away.

Bunker nearby
A small German bunker hidden in the forest

Visit

You can visit this bunker Turm II as part of Batterie Todt in the Forest of Haringzelles in Audinghen, Cap Gris Nez, France. You can also visit Turm I, which is now Musée du Mur de l’Atlantique, and Turm III and Turm IV nearby.


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