Atlantic Wall and V Weapons

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Concrete, steel and labour – these were ingredients of Adolf Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, built to defend Europe’s occupied coastline from invasion by the Allies and which comprise thousands of bunkers, minefields, defence positions, gun sites and other brooding remains of Hitler’s plan for ‘The Thousand Year Reich’.

Atlantic Wall
Atlantic Wall
V1 Rocket
V1 Rocket

Monolithic constructions

Monolithic constructions were built to hide and launch Hitler’s V weapons but both dreams of an impregnable wall and an unstoppable rocket assault were destined to fail. The wall was breached and instantly made redundant, the V weapon launch sites overrun on June 6, 1944, with the D Day invasion of Normandy.

The V Weapon programme

Our schools tour also looks at the monolithic remains of the V Weapon programme. This was science with a dark evil purpose. Huge bunkers and secret tunnels were constructed to prepare and launch the V1 Flying Bomb and the V2 Rocket and to fire the V3 Superguns.

Concrete and Technology

This tour visits some of these anthills constructed by forced labour and overseen by the German Military and Albert Speer’s sinister Todt Organisation. We will take a tour of concrete and technology on a vast scale. Participants stay at a hostel in Boulogne for two nights.

Day 1

Drive to Folkestone or Dover for the Tunnel or Ferry to Calais; visit the Moulin Rouge Battery; the VIP terrace; the Canadian CWGC cemetery; the ruined site of Grosser Kurfurst guns; and the V3 Supergun site in tunnels at Mimoyecques.

Dome at La Coupole

Day 2

Drive east to the St Omer area; visit the huge dome at La Coupole (V site and museum); lunch break; visit Renescure V1 storage site; the V1 launch site at Des Huit Rues; and the great bunker in the woods at Eperlecques.

Dome at La Coupole

Day 3

Boulogne East CWGC cemetery; the Battery Todt Casemates and museum; lunch break; Cap Blanc Nez; Fort Lapin and the beach bunkers; and the Royal Green Jackets memorial and beach in Calais. Depart back across the Channel.

Newfoundland Park

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500