Powerful strongpoint at the western end of the Omaha Beach landing area
Wn72 site overview
What to see
Widerstandsnest 72 (Wn72) stands at a beach exit and the road towards Vierville-sur-Mer and is flanked either side by two high cliffs, the east one the location of the the now cleared Wn71 site and the west cliff where the remains of Wn73 can still be found.
Wn72 is one of the few remaining bunker sites on Omaha Beach where you can still see one of the types of guns originally positioned here on D-Day.
Tucked away inside the heavily fortified R677 casemate at the western end of Omaha Beach is one the most feared weapons of WW2 - the infamous 88mm Pak 43 gun. Overlooking the beach to the East, this powerful cannon wreaked havoc on those landing on this sector of the beach on D-Day.
The casemate the gun stands inside now features several memorials to those who began the liberation of Europe from this location including the US National Guard Memorial and the amazing 'Ever Forward' monument.
The ‘Ever Forward’ statue stands in memory of the soldiers of the US 29th Division’s 116th Infantry Regimental Combat Team who landed on this section of Omaha Beach on D-Day - June 6, 1944.
Beside the memorials - close to the famous jetty and section of artificial harbour - is a special construction Doppelschartenstand, a double embrasure bunker which allowed the 5cm KwK anti-tank gun located inside to be able to fire both east and west along the beach front. Attached to the rear of the casemate is a Tobruk for a machine gun, giving high level defence of the area.