Here is selection of photos from my visit to the Ile de Ré on the 8th August 2008. The island is located just off the coast of La Rochelle, France, where the battery is located on the Northern tip, and covers the main inlet and surrounding area. I new there were some good bunkers at this site but I was truly amazed by what I found and I was quickly reduced to a giddy school boy. The name of the main site is Battery Karola which is where the range finder tower and 220mm open gun-pits are. Closer to the coast you have the installations for the large naval turrets and then on the edge of the beach there is the radar installation. It was a truly remarkable site with lots of original paint, fixtures and fittings and, as opposed to other places, and as someone else has said, has a much more human feel to it due to the sights to be seen. The first open gun pit you see in the photos, and the bunker with the artwork, is actually not part of the main battery but situated down the island close to the main access bridge. The same goes for the final photo of two beach covering casemates which are further up the beach from the main battery. Any questions you may have then I will be happy to entertain them. Enjoy. Edit: Having picture problems so back with pics later.