Ohmsen …

Ohmsen, wounded at his left hand, was awarded 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 19th, 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 …

Forgotten for nearly sixty years, the Battery had became an umpenetrable wood, blockhaus were filled with watter and mud to the ceiling. Time had covered everything, until two History passionates bought it in 2004 and started enormous works to create this unique private museum in France.

 

 

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