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Address: 64 rue du Suffolk Regiment, 14880 Colleville-Montgomery, France
Phone Number: +33 2 31 97 12 61
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Hillman was the Command Post for the coastal defence, commanded by Colonel...

Hillman was the Command Post for the coastal defence, commanded by Colonel Krug and Major Hoff, where infantry and artillery were stationed. In this complex of fortifications, about sixty soldiers from the 736 Grenadier Regiment lived and worked within the bunkers, buried under 3 meters (9 ft' 10ins) of concrete. Some of these bunkers consisted of armoured cupolas with a thickness of approximately 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches), used for observation and gun emplacements/tobruks, containing rotating machine guns to defend the site. The bunkers were well equipped, with mechanical ventilation systems and central heating. Outside, a complex network of trenches linked the different underground positions, consisting of the headquarters, signal center, radio room, mess rooms and bathrooms. Every position was connected with each other through a network of telephone lines buried 2 or 3m (6' - 10') deep in the ground. Built at 61m (200 feet) above sea level, the complex offered a strategic position, with direct views of the landing beaches, as well as the mouth of the river Orne. The field of fire or killing zone extended 600 m (2000 ft) and more in several directions. Hillman was therefore a fortress comparable with some parts of the Maginot Line.

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The wife thinks that the Atlantic Wall is just lumps of concrete sticking out of the ground. It isn't, much of it is under the ground as well. The Hillman bunker has been... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 November 2016
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South Wingfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The wife thinks that the Atlantic Wall is just lumps of concrete sticking out of the ground. It isn't, much of it is under the ground as well. The Hillman bunker has been excavated over 20 years. When I first visited it there was little to see apart from the roof and the Tobruk, now it is much more interesting... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Interesting story of the Suffolk Regiment - fascinating soldier's diary detailing the days before & after D-day from his perspective (my Dad was about 15k from here on his 20th birthday 15 June which was a 'Lovely Day - heavy shelling in the evening'!). It's free to visit and the site is well marked with informative plaques in French &... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

This is a fascinating site and well worth the time to visit. In order to get the most out of it, you need to take a guided tour. The site is staffed solely by volunteers. It's open for guided visits on Tuesdays at 15:00 from July 1st to September 30th (peak season). There may be a possibility of having a... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Set in the beautiful fields of France sits the ruins of German d-day ruins. With a team of volunteers the place has been brought up to a standard where people can learn, remember and have a picnic all at the same time. I believe you can get a tour guide there but we had our own so I can't be... More 

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Esher, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

The main bunker is only open during a limited period of time in the year, but the rest of the site you can freely walk around anytime. There are a number of bunkers you can walk around and a few even into. There are a number of trenches that you can walk through and plenty of information signs of what... More 

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Great complex and really nice volunteers who are willing tot tell you everything about the complex. Impressive good preserved!

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Preston,England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

This is a fantastic memorial to the Suffolk Regiment. The volunteers were great,very friendly & the tour is free but a donation is welcome. Tours are on a Tuesday at 3pm in English & French & we had a fantastic 2 hours. The guide was great & showed us everything there was on the site. He was clear & the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

To see where the Suffolk Regiment attacked and destroyed on D Day. A mighty team of local volunteers has done an amazing job at Hillman. Go on Tuesdays they do free guided tours, mainly in French.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

We visited on 5th June when the celebrations were in full swing. There was a 'wartime army camp' on site which is a thing that is done every year. Jeeps, tents, wartime music, people in uniforms etc. Great atmosphere. The site itself is the work of the Friends of the Suffolk Regiment who liberated the bunkers on D Day 1944.... More 

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St Ives, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

The volunteers continue to excavate the site and improve the information available. The re-creation of the German HQ bunker is particularly good. The volunteer escorted tour guides are knowledgeable, and give you an excellent insight into life in the bunker system before D Day and then the Allied capture of the site by The Suffolk Regiment. The small museum is... More 

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