Movik Fort


About eight kilometers west of Kristiansand lies Movik fort (german Vara) and there at a height established the Germans between 1941 and 1944 a coastal artillery overlooking Skagerak. The aim was to, together with the sister battery Hanstholm in Denmark, block the sea route for allied naval forces on their way to, among other things. Baltic sea. The fort had four gun racks, but the fourth was never put into service because the intended gun was sunk along with the freighter carrying it. The other three guns were of the same type as the guns found on the battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz.

Current status: Partly preserved/demolished with museum (2017).

Location: 58°05'28.04" N 07°58'03.26" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

One of the guns is preserved and it’s a big one that impresses. This gives you a small idea of how huge Bismarck and Tirpitz really were.  Otherwise, there are both preserved and destroyed ruins that do not disappoint the militarily overinterested person.

Follow up in books: Saunder, Anthony: Hitlers´s Atlantic Wall (2014).