Oberleutnant Walter OHMSEN …Photo prise le 20 avril

The Crisbecq’s battery was manned by over 300 sailors, under the command of Navy Oberleutnant Walter OHMSEN.

Ohmsen had taken command of the Crisbecq Battery 49°28.8′N 01°17.8′W, also known as Marine Küsten Batterie “Marcouf” (Naval Coastal Battery Marcouf) or Seeziel Batterie “Marcouf” (Sea Target Battery Marcouf), on 1 February 1944.

His command, including himself, consisted of three officers, 24 non-commissioned officers and 287 men of the Kriegsmarine. The unit was subordinated to the Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 260 (M.A.A. 260—260th Naval Coastal Artillery Battalion). The battery’s personnel was further augmented by members of the 6./Grenadier-Regiment 919 (6th Company, 919th Grenadier Regiment) of the 709. Infanterie-Division (709th Infantry Division) for ground defense under the command of Leutnant Geissler, which brought the overall manpower of the battery close to 400 men.

 

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