Shoreline position covering the beach to the west
Wn33 site overview
What to see
Widerstandsnest 33 (Wn33) was at the most easterly end of the D-Day landing beach area codenamed 'Gold' and was a beach position on the seafront at Ver-sur-Mer.
It featured one large-sized casemate which was supported by machine guns and two anti-tank guns in positions spread along the front.
The R669 type of casemate is one of the most often built on the Atlantikwall in Normandy, although there aren't many in the Gold Beach landing area. This one - which is still in place - housed a 88mm Pak 43/41 cannon facing west along the beach. This casemate fell to an attack form the beach - a British Sherman Crab flail tank (designed for destroying mine fields) was immobilised on the shoreline but used it's firepower to knock out the bunker before it was overrun by men from the 69th Infantry Brigade.
Also built at the site - but now incorporated into the Lifeguard building on the promenade area - was a covered 1694 Ringstand for a 5cm KwK anti-tank gun. Unlike most Ringstands, this was given the added protection of a concrete hood to protect it from bombing and a strong defensive wall to the beach side to absorb the impact of attack from the sea.