Local Connections: Germany's Atlantic Wall with Expert Guide Jean-Paul Lescorce

3 hours | Bordeaux (Le Verdon) | L V 1 - 2 0 0
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

WHAT YOU WILL VISIT
Coastal Bunkers at Soulac
Join Jean-Paul Lescorce for a very personal encounter with history. Jean-Paul was 3 years old when German soldiers marched into Soulac in June 1940 as part of the occupation of France. Anticipating an Allied invasion from the sea, Hitler ordered the building of an impassable defense along the Atlantic - rom southwest France up to Norway. Between 1941 and 1944, up to 290,000 men, including Jean-Paul's father, were forced to build more than 12,000 of these bunkers above the shoreline. Later, under orders from Field Marshall Rommel, the defenses were fortified with machine guns, anti-tank weapons and light artillery; minefields and anti-tank obstacles were placed on the beaches and mines were laid below the tide line. Since retirement, Lescorce has dedicated his life to restoring and maintaining 25 of these bunkers as living testaments to these chilling times. Tour the bunkers, listen to the stories and hear first-hand of the hardships of occupation and the heroism of liberation.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart to the bunker location

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30

External and inside Visit of different bunkers of WWII

Time at site:
02:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard your motorcoach and return to the ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30