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The German battery of Longues-sur-Mer

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The D-day Landing Beaches

The German battery of Longues-sur-Mer

The Longues-sur-Mer site is one of the only batteries of the Atlantic Wall with the guns still in place. On the 23rd of March 1942, Hitler decided to build a line of concrete and steel from Cape North to the Gascogne Gulf in order to stop any attempt of an ally landing.

The construction of the Longues-sur-Mer battery began on September 1943, but it was not finished on June 6th 1944.

The battery is composed of 4 pillboxes, a firing direction post and some other fortifications. Each pillbox has a German naval gun with a range of up to 20 km. They could reach the Omaha and Gold sectors.

During the night of June 5th, airborne allies dropped more than 600 tons of bombs on the site but with almost no success. At 5:30 am, German guns fired at the fleets near Omaha and Gold and began an artillery duel. Shortly before 7 pm the Georges-Leygues destroyer finally silenced the battery. On the morning of June 7th, the major responsible for the battery and 184 men surrendered to the British troops.