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Gun Battery Dietl on Engeløya

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

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Most people that visit Northern Norway do only the tourist places like Lofoten but there are many beautiful places here that are missed by visitors. Since Norway was occupied by Germany during WW2 there is still a lot from this occupation that remain in the North Norwegian landscape.

In the beauty of Steigen in Northern Norway lay Engeløya Island, here the construction of Battery Dietl took place in 1942.

The location was picked because of its views across the West fjords, and the battery would defend the western entrance to the main port of Narvik.

2.000 Russian prisoners of war built the gun battery that consisted of three 406 mm. Adolf guns. These guns were able to launch a 1300 pound projectile 34 miles. The standard shell weighed 2200 pounds, with a range of 26 miles. The gun barrels were 70 feet long, and each one would last between 250-300 shots before needing replacement.

The guns were operational in August 1943. About 500 Russian prisoners of war perished during the hard work. The battery was named after General Eduard Dietl, who have command of the 3rd German Mountain Division, during the German invasion of Norway April 9, 1940. After the war the guns were dismantled and sold as scrap and the whole area was allowed to decay.

Here is the Museum information in English:


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