Help us Excavate the Atlantic Wall

The Juno Beach Centre needs your help to excavate an important remnant from the Second World War recently uncovered on Juno Park.

Did you know that Juno Beach is the only of the D-Day landing beaches where portions of Hitler’s Atlantic wall have been swallowed up by the sand, instead of the sea, perfectly preserving them?

In 2014, the Juno Beach Centre opened up portions of these preserved German bunkers, opening a communication trench and command post bunker to the public through guided tours.

Now, we need your help to continue this important excavation work.

UPDATE: We are thrilled to to announce that the producers of WAR JUNK are donating $5,000 towards our goal. A big thank you to Wayne Abbott and everyone at Northern Sky Entertainment for their generous support.

In June 2015, an episode of History Television’s War Junk was filmed on Juno Beach (set to air on November 8, 2015). Historian David O’Keefe and filmmaker Wayne Abbott uncovered a German machine gun emplacement located only 300m from the Juno Beach Centre. This gun, also known as a Tobruk, could rotate 360 degrees, and was a huge obstacle for the soldiers from the Winnipeg Rifles when they stormed the beach on June 6, 1944.

Filmmaker Wayne Abbott (left) and Historian David O’Keefe (left) stand on top of the newly uncovered German Tobruk gun emplacement.

O’Keefe noted that this Tobruk is an important historical discovery: “We know that a pillbox like this would have been devastating for the Canadians when they landed. Because of the way it was built it could fire in a 360 degree angle it meant that it could cover all areas of the beach. This pillbox made this part of the Juno Beach sector absolutely treacherous for the Canadians on D-Day.”

Nathalie Worthington, the Director of the Juno Beach Centre, added: “This is fantastic. We live here and we have history under our feet but we don’t necessarily know where. Uncovering this emplacement adds to the story. It adds to the experience of visitors from Canada and from all over the world when they come to Juno Beach. We are going to bring more information because this has it’s own story.”

The Juno Beach Centre is thrilled by this discovery and we hope to further develop the site in the very near future to add the Tobruk to our public tours of Juno Park.

In order to fully excavate and reinforce this incredible artefact so that it can be safely explored by the public, the Juno Beach Centre needs to raise $50,000.

How can you help?

Donate NOW, through our website.

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For more information about this exciting initiative, contact jbca@junobeach.org.