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Pignerolle Memorial Bunkers

Museum in Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou

Free
  • Parc de Pignerolle in Saint-Barthélemy-d’Anjou, five minutes from Angers, has a long and rich history. Formerly the residence of Marcel Avril de Pignerolle, the last director of the equestrian academy of Angers, it hosted the president of the Republic of Poland and his staff in-exile from 1939 to 1940. It was the occupation by the German army (1942-1944), though, that especially marked the Parc de Pignerolle and the ten bunkers built between 1942 and 1943 can still be seen today. Whilst the...

    Parc de Pignerolle in Saint-Barthélemy-d’Anjou, five minutes from Angers, has a long and rich history. Formerly the residence of Marcel Avril de Pignerolle, the last director of the equestrian academy of Angers, it hosted the president of the Republic of Poland and his staff in-exile from 1939 to 1940. It was the occupation by the German army (1942-1944), though, that especially marked the Parc de Pignerolle and the ten bunkers built between 1942 and 1943 can still be seen today. Whilst the Battle of the Atlantic was raging, the Kreigsmarine (German Navy) elected Pignerolle as the location for its communications command centre and as a “U-boat pasture” where its submariners could rest, relax and train. Between 1943 and 1944, it was also at Pignerolle that U-boat commanders and flotilla chiefs were awarded their decorations. After the war, all of the bunkers and barracks built by the Germans were used by Angers town authorities to rehouse the many displaced local people (1946-1964), except the command bunker, known as the Admiral bunker. Despite never being finished, it was turned into a nuclear fallout centre for President Charles de Gaulle. The Association du Mémorial des bunkers de Pignerolle organises guided tours of the bunkers. Visits are by reservation only, usually on Tuesdays and Sunday afternoons at 2.30 p.m. (other time slots can be arranged on request according to the availability of guides).
    For school visits, the association systematically offers teachers a pre-visit in advance. Entrance is on a pay-what-you-like basis. If you wish, you may make a donation to the association. Important: Visits only run during the Parc de Pignerolle’s opening times.
    Information: The Pignerolle bunkers have the 20th-Century Heritage label and the Association du Mémorial des bunkers de Pignerolle is a recognised association of public interest.

  • Spoken languages
    • English
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    • bus parking
    • Picnic area
    • Free parking
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Openings

  • From May 19, 2021 until December 31, 2021
    * Visites sur rendez-vous, principalement les après-midis