On a journey of discovery to historical sites? Download the TracesOfWar app directly on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Stützpunkt 108 Heeres-Küsten-Batterie Saint-Martin-de-Varreville

In the year of 1942, HKB 316 was installed at Saint-Martin-de-Varreville, with 4 x 10,5cm K331 b(f) (Canon de 105 mle 1913 Schneider ) canons.
During 1943, the guns were replaced by four Russian 12.2cm K.390/2(r) canons, in the same year. The name changed into Stützpunkt 108 Heeres-Küsten-Batterie Saint-Martin-de-Varreville.
A few days before D-day, the battery was heavily bombed, resulting in the redrawing of the 1ste battery of HKAR 1261, so that the 502nd PIR could take it without a fight on June, 6th 1944.
The remains of the battery lie on private land and the bunkers are completely or partially overgrown.

Do you have more information about this location? Inform us!


  • Text: Patrick van Vaerenbergh
  • Photos: Patrick van Vaerenbergh