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The Remains of the Atlantic Wall of the Bego
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The Remains of the Atlantic Wall of the Bego

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Le Bégo
56340 PLOUHARNEL
The Bego site has nearly 180 concrete structures scattered across the Plouharnel dune. This coastal defensive line served a dual purpose during the Second World War: to protect the harbor of Lorient and the U. Boats of Admiral Dönitz and to prevent a possible landing of Allied troops on the Atlantic coast.

Held in 1940 to accommodate this important defense system, Plouharnel has 1,400 hectares of dunes, already servitudes of shots and virgins of any dwelling. In the spring of 1941, construction of the support point started. We call on local but also foreign labor, voluntary workers, prisoners of war, deportees ... Two years and 2000 people will be necessary to achieve this battery considered to be the most important and most powerful of the Wall of the 'Atlantic. A model of German military engineering! Imagine an army of workers going to work. A farm on the dune produces the necessary food, animals and vegetables on site.On March 13, 1944, Marshal Rommel on inspection in Brittany, visited the Bego dune, had defenses added on the beach and reinforced the minefields. The visit of the “Desert Fox” on the Plouharnel dune demonstrates the strategic importance of the site.

Today, almost all of the bunkers from this military complex have housed 700 German soldiers. Each location has a 50 m3 tank, a shelter for a generator, ammunition reserves, a shelter for 60 servants. On the dune, the shooting observation tower, a structure that rises to 21 m, can be seen from a distance.

Le Bégo
56340 PLOUHARNEL

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