Coming up are som photos of Kristiansand Cannon Museum, now referred to as Møvik Fort. This place was so cool to see, I would highly recommend anyone nearby to visit. Seeing all of this war equipment in real life just seems so unreal. Thinking that this is a part of human history, and not so long ago, seems unbelievable. I am so thankful to be a tourist rather than a soldier. Here are some facts about the cannon museum in case you are interested.
The museum has a fine collection of authentic equipment from a former military installation. The fortress was constructed between 1941 and 1944 by the German navy during World War II, and was originally named Batterie Vara. Together with four other coastal batteries, it formed a part of the Kristiansand Artillery Group. Together with its sister battery at Hansthol, Denmark, Møvik Fort was built to obstruct Allied naval forces by blocking the Skagerrak strait and the seaways to Eastern Norway. The parts of Skagerrak which weren't blocked, were mined.
After the war, the Norwegian Armed Forces re-named the fortress Møvik fort.
For a few years after the war, Møvik fort was an operating Norwegian fortress. In 1953 it became part of Kristiansand fortress. On April 20, 1959 the fort was closed and two of the guns and the foundations of the fourth were scrapped. The fortress had four gun positions, of which one of the guns is still intact. There are empty gun emplacements and an empty casemate.
The 38 cm calibre gun is one of the largest in the world; the barrel alone weighs 110 tons, measures almost 20 meters in length, and has a range of up to 55 km (34 miles). #cannonmuseum#krisitansand#war#møvikfort#batterievara#weapons#coastalartillery#museum#ww2#wwII#history#cannon#army#military#southernnorway#visitkrisitansand#travel#discover#tourism#explore#adventure#visitnorway#agder#vestagder#opa#welcometoopa