Hillman Fortress is located in the southern part of Colleville-Montgomery, formerly known as Colleville-sur-Orne. Colleville-sur-Orne was a landingzone of the British 3rd Infantry Division under the codename Sword Beach.

Colleville was mainly defended by the fortress Hillman, a concrete set of 600 meters long where the headquarters of the 736th Regiment Grenadiers was established, with networks of barbed wire and machine-guns. The First Suffolk Regiment had to attack twice before the reinforcement was taken around 20:00 hours.

The fortress Hillman with his twelve half buried concrete buildings connected by underground passageways, is now managed by a local association.

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Source

  • Text: Kees Jan Koster
  • Photos: Kees Jan Koster (1,2), René Winters (3,4) & William van der Pluijm (5)