Ohmsen, wounded at his left hand, was awarded the knight Cross of Iron Cross for his remarkable defense of his strong point against the American attacks. On June 26th, he was taken prisoner in Cherbourg. After the war, he still worked for the Bundesmarine, and finally got promoted to commander –Korvettenkapitän- before he retired in 1967. Born on June 7th 1911, he was 33 years old on D-Day, and died in his city of Kiel on February 19, 1988.
The battery …
The week after the battle, German prisoners and ordnance engineers removed the mines from the Battery site. The fields returned then to their former owners. During the 50’s, the canons, doors and cupolas were cut and taken by the iron merchants. Then, in the 70’s, the site was leveled by planning department, covering the shelters.
The museum …
The Battery had become an impenetrable wood, shelters filled in to ceilings by water and mud, and little by little the time had covered its trenches.
· Firstly there were the trees to be felled and the bush to be cut away, the entrances of shelters to be cleared and re-dugout before there was sufficient access to be able to pump out the installations.
· Next, 5 meters depth land drains were needed to drain various shelters, then, once they were dry, sandblasting and finally painting could take place.
· To finish, display cabinets, the wiring and electrical installations and memorabilia were installed ! A jobsite of months for an exceptional result:
Visitors can now visit the biggest Infantry Battery on Utah Beach!