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Posted on 06/27/2015


Photo taken on June 20, 2015




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Møvik gun #2 - Panorama

Møvik gun #2 - Panorama
3 photo's corrected using DxO Pro 8 then stitched together using PSE11 to make this panoramic shot showing Møvik fort Gun #2, which lies 8 km (5 miles) West of Kristiansand at Vesterberg. The fort lies on a hill, partly covered by woodland, on an high ridge with views over Skagerrak.

The one surviving cannon is one of the largest in the world with its 38 cm calibre. The barrel alone weighs 110 tons and is almost 20 meters in length. Total weight is 337 tons. The range is up to 55 kilometres (34 miles). The cannons were manufactured in Germany by Krupp. They were of the same type as those aboard battleships "Bismarck" and "Tirpitz".
The ammunition consisted of 3 parts. First the shell, 170 cm long and weighing 800 kg. Then a cartridge with 97.75 kg explosives, and then a charge of 114.25 kg explosives.

The coastal artillery fortress was named Batterie Vara (MAB 6./502 Vara) by the Germans, when it was built by the German Wehrmacht during World War II. It was named after Major General Felix Vara, who was killed off Alderney in the English channel on 3 November 1941. After the war, the Norwegian Defence named it Møvik fort.

Together with four other coastal batteries, it formed a part of the Kristiansand Artillery Group. Together with its sister battery at Hanstholm in Denmark, Møvik Fort was built to obstruct Allied naval forces by blocking the Skagerrak strait and the seaways to Eastern Norway, the Kattegatt Bay, the Baltic Sea and the Baltic region for the allied naval forces. Only a field, ten nautical miles wide, in the Skagerrak could not be covered by the guns of these facilities. This field was therefore mined.
The fort has four gun positions with bunkers - one full intact cannon, two empty cannon wells and an empty casemate along with a whole range of other buildings, bunkers and machine gun posts and more.

In the museum, this historic site can be experienced, by following the Fortress Trail - a walk to places and buildings which tell of everyday life in a fortress and national, military events. After extensive renovation work in the late 1980s and early 1990s by local armed forces and the Foundation Kristiansand Cannon Museum Møvik, a part of the fort was opened to the public in 1993.

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