By Steven J. Zaloga
German defenses alongside the Normandy seashores have been a part of the bigger Atlantic Wall fortifications designed to guard citadel Europe. while box Marshal Erwin Rommel took command of the invasion entrance in past due 1943, he started a software to reinforce fortifications alongside the Normandy coast as he believed that any Allied attack needed to be stopped at the invasion shores themselves. His most vital contribution to the defenses used to be an intensive software of improvised seashore obstructions to complicate any touchdown try out. This ebook analyses those fortifications and describes how the Allied forces overcame them at the morning of June 6, 1944.
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Com (PREVIOUS SPREAD) The Longues-sur-Mer naval coastal gun battery The Longues-sur-Mer gun battery is illustrative of coastal artillery in Normandy. Construction of the battery began in September 1943 on naval patterns. 260 (Naval Artillery Battalion 260) and was commanded by Oberleutnant MA Kurt Weil. The conﬁguration was typical of navy batteries. An M262a ﬁredirection bunker was constructed near the cliffs at the forward edge of the battery position to provide clear observation of targets at sea.
At 0530hrs on D-Day, HMS Ajax bombarded the battery without causing major damage, and it began ﬁring on the command ship HMS Bulolo around 0600hrs forcing it to move station. HMS Ajax returned along with HMS Argonaut and began bombarding the battery again, and it ceased ﬁre around 0845hrs after two of its guns were knocked out by direct hits through the open embrasures. The cruisers had ﬁred a total of 179 rounds against the battery. The Longues battery crew cleaned up the position in the late morning, and the remaining two guns opened ﬁre again in the afternoon towards Omaha Beach, prompting the attention of the French cruiser Georges Leygues, which was defending the American sector.