Naval AA-Battery Försterei

After political pressure, Lithuania was incorporated into the German empire by the end of March 1939. It was quickly decided by the German Navy that the coast should be fortified. This would happen with two coastal gun battery’s and six combined coast and air defense battery’s and that these all would be operational ready in 1942.

The first Coastal Battery, Gun Battery Brommy or Memel-North, as it was also called, consisted of two bunkers with each two combined gun positions. These had open concrete wells to the gun at each end and crew and ammunition bunkers in the middle. Between the two dual gun positions, the command bunker was built with a range finder and other targeting equipment.

The guns were 150 mm. and had a range of 16 km.

The guns were replaced at the beginning of 1942 with four 128 mm. AA-gun guns. These guns could also target ships up to a distance of 21 km. The gun battery changed its name to Naval AA-Battery Försterei.

The 150 mm. guns were sent to Norway, together with the crew, where they were used on the island of Arnøy.

It was planned from the start that there should have been two identical gun battery’s, but the southern gun battery Memel-South was never built.

The Försterei Battery was taken over by the Russian army after the war. The bunker is located on the beach today and there is a museum is on site.