This rocky island in Saint-Malo bay has lived a tragic history
during august-september 1944
while US army was liberated the area of german occupation.
In 1942, Organisation Todt decided to build a stronghold with
a long range battery,
and like this, protects the bay of navy invasion.
It could crosses fires with batteries from Channel Islands too.
Main guns were six French 194 m/m 1870 model last used during
World War I
by French army as railroad battery.
A Flak battery, with many 75 m/m French anti-aircraft guns
and 20 m/m German guns, has protected island of air attacks.
Original photos from "
Die Wermacht " propaganda magazine.
- Left: 194 m/m gun inside its open emplacement.
- Right: telemetric shelter on top of command bunker M157.
Early august 1944, U.S. army started to bomb island, while 400
of Marine Artillerie Abteilung 608, leaded by Oberleutnant Richard
decided to never surrender...
From " Die Wermacht "
This strategic place has delayed U.S. army on the way to Brest,
and intensive bombardment has continued 4 weeks !
Napalm, sadly famous weapon of Vietnam war was first tried here
on 17th august 1944 by U.S. air force.
In spite of casualties, non-stop attacks, and with help of Jersey
the garrison has kept the island until 2nd september 1944,
with 300 wounded and 40 safe soldiers at the end.
Now, you're going to visit this still preserved battlefield of
World War II.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This island was most bombed place of
World War II.
If you visit it one day, know that the battlefield aera is officialy
There's still alive ammunitions in the ground. The visit there
is at your own risk.
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