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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

Le Bégo
56340 Plouharnel
The Bego site includes almost 80 concrete works scattered across the Plouharnel dune. This coastal defensive line fulfilled a dual mission during the Second World War: to protect Lorient harbour and Admiral Dönitz's U. Boat of Admiral Dönitz and to prevent a possible landing of Allied troops on the Atlantic coast. Plouharnel was chosen in 1940 as the site for this major defence system, with 1,400 hectares of dunes already under fire and free of any habitation. In the spring of 1941, construction of the strongpoint began. It took two years and 2000 people to build this battery, considered to be the largest and most powerful on the Atlantic Wall. A model of German military engineering! Imagine an army of workers setting to work. A farm set up on the dune provided the necessary food, animals and vegetables. On 13 March 1944, Marshal Rommel, on an inspection visit to Brittany, visited the Bego battery, had defences added to the beach and reinforced the minefields. The visit of the "Desert Fox" on the dune at Plouharnel demonstrated the strategic importance of the site.

Almost all the bunkers that housed 700 German soldiers remain from this military complex. Each site has a 50 m3 tank, a generator shelter, ammunition stores and a shelter for 60 servants. On the dune, the fire direction tower, a 21 m high structure, can be seen from afar. Guided tours organised by the Tourist Office, every Thursday in summer (not accessible to PRM). Ticket office on site.
Le Bégo
56340 Plouharnel

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Historical sites and monuments

Spoken languages

French

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