I had a hard time locating Austrått Fortress near Orland, Norway – originally thinking it was near Trondheim – but through the marvels of the internet I was able to locate it near Orland.
Some of us went sightseeing in our spare time while at Orland, and visited this WWII German fortification built on the peninsula to protect the fjord leading into Trondheim, Norway.
After a number of attempts to locate any information on this site I found it – here’s the web site: http://www.olavsrosa.no/en/ objektinfo.aspx?id=27478 – on Google Map look east of Orland, Norway for the racetrack oval, and the historical site is just south in the center of the Austråttlunden forest.
This gun turret is constructed like one from a WWII battleship – and I wish and pray for the day that wars are no longer waged.
You can see the commanding view this position had out over the fjord leading towards Trondheim…and I think building a giant lighthouse would have been a much better use of resources.
Here’s a picture of me standing beside a WWII era naval mine with my finger on the detonator – I was hoping that this mine had been disarmed!
I’m not really sure what this piece of equipment was, but it looks to be some sort of telescope or range finder that swivels around the base.