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Kanonmuseum (Cannon Museum)

Welcome to the Kristiansand Cannon Museum – the “Vara Battery”. Here you will find the world’s second largest cannon ever to be mounted on land. The reason why these gigantic cannons came to Møvik was that with the occupation of Norway and Denmark in 1940, the Germans needed to guard the Skagerak shipping lanes. The 38 cm cannons here and at Hanstholm in Denmark – the shortest distance across the Skagerak – about 116 kms, were manufactured in Germany at the Krupp works in Essen in 1940. They are of the same type that were installed on the battleships ‘Bismarck’ and ‘Tirpitz’.

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Last Updated November 30, 2013 by Geronimo Gando  /