Premiers bombardements …

Since April 1994, the Battery has been regularly bombed -from April to June it has received 2800 metric tons of bombs- but was still operational on D-Day. The most violent bombing took place in the night of the 5th of June. But following a target marking error, Bombs fell on the nearest Village of St-Marcouf and 35 civilians lost their lives.

Le matin du 6 juin …

On morning of D-Day, Ohmsen received the order to open fire on the ships along Utah Beach. A strong naval artillery duel started between the Battery and the Armada. The Battery guns sank the USS CORRY and damaged several other ships.

Le 8 juin …

On June 7th in the morning, the Americans reached the Battery; the Germans felled back in their shelters and Ohmsen requested the Azzeville Battery to fire at his own position to chase off the Americans. As a result the allied felled back in disarray. Ohmsen took advantage of the situation and counter-attacked, pushing back the Americans, and 90 prisoners have been taken.

La capitulation …

On June 10th and 11th, The Battery had several other aerial bombardments, and because of a lack of manpower, the Americans couldn’t give the assault. On the afternoon of the 11th, Ohmsen received order to evacuate the Battery with his men. They’ll succeed. They crossed the swamps and finally reached their lines, around 10km north.

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