A dozen local volunteers, including Juno Beach Centre guides, took part last Saturday in the second work site organised to excavate a Tobruk identified in 2015. This remnant of the Atlantic Wall, which is situated in front of the museum started to be excavated on April 16, 2016 (see article).
Thanks to Sébastien Pélot, intern at the Juno Beach Centre, all the adminitrative forms required by the DRAC (Direction régionale des Affaires culturelles) were completed and the work was permitted to restart in partnership with the town of Courseulles-sur-Mer.
On Saturday, the sand was removed from interior and exterior of the Tobruk in order to make it possible to take measurements, photographs and study the bunker. A documentation file will now be put together and the work site will temporarily be closed for security reasons over the summer period.
Time will now come for studies and decision making in partnership with the DRAC and the town of Courseulles to determine if this Tobruk will enrich the historical offer on Juno Park.
More to follow…
A big thank you to all the volunteers! Special mention for Vincent Houdoire, caretaker at the museum who has taken part in all the working sessions since 2013, as well as Benjamin David who so kindly shares his expertise.
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