The Coastal Battery Tirpitz started out with the name MKB Saltwedel neu. It is an old naval battery which originated in 1941 within this year the name changed to Tirpitz.
The battery was build on the royal grounds of Prins Karel from Belgium. It is because of Prince Karel that the battery is unique for he preserved Battery Tirpitz on his grounds. The bunkers outside the royal grounds have mostly disappeared.
In 1944 four Regelbau R674 gun bunkers were build on Battery Tirpitz to defend the seaward approach of the port of Ostend. The four Belgian 12cm guns were replaced and the Kriegsmarine placed four 10.5cm SK Cu/U32 submarine guns instead within the new Regelbau R674 bunkers.
Secondary armament consisted of multiple 7,5cm and 7,62cm guns, Anti tank guns, Air defence guns, Wurfrahmen (launch frame for rockets), Machine Guns and Searchlights.
Battery Tirpitz was manned by 152 soldiers in 1944 with mr. Koppe as their commander.
Today Battery Tirpitz is the Atlantic Wall Museum Raversijde and well worth a visit.
Keep in mind that you are not allowed to take any photo’s.