The Atlantik Wall In Normandy

 

Guidelines for visiting the vestiges of the Atlantic Wall.                                                          

Always ask permission if possible to enter property, even seemingly empty fields. I have yet to be refused permission to enter fields or bunkers now used by farmers. If crops are planted keep to the edge of the field, always shut gates.  Do not enter a field that has any livestock, even seemingly friendly sheep, in the mating season they can be very aggressive. Remember that you are not the only person wanting to visit these bunkers, please do not spoil it for those who follow you. Leave all the artefacts you may find on the site, so fellow researchers can see how it once looked.  Do not be tempted to use a metal detector, rules on their use are very strict in France, and you might just dig up something that goes bang.  Beware of signs, for example indicating you are entering a military area, the French are very sensitive about their military sites, even if they look abandoned. Not a real threat, but respect the use of old fortifications as a home for animals like bats and butterflies. Bats and butterflies hibernate between October and March. Try not to disturb these animals during this period, you could be prosecuted.  Always carry a torch or two, bunkers are dark places, and be on your guard for open manholes and other holes into which you you might fall. If you are visiting with Hand Maid Tours, we have sought permission for all the 250 plus sites that can be included in our itinerary.

DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE I HAVE LISTED A SITE THAT IT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MOST ARE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

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