Fortress Memel

Memel (today Klaipėda) was the most important port city in Lithuania and was after the Germans in 1939 had occupied the country, fortified with six combined coastal and air defense batteries. These consisted of four built-in gun positions and a range finder in the center. Between the posts there were bunkers for crew and ammunition. The guns were mounted in dome-shaped steel and had a caliber of 105 mm.

The six gun batteries were strategically located around the city and were named: Nordmole, Dange, Löllen, Götzhofen, Schweinsrücken and Seestrand.

There is not much information about these battery’s, but Memel was repeatedly attacked by Russian bombers during the war.

The remains of the six air defense battery’s can still be found in the landscape.