The taking of the Battery was one of the most audacious feats of the Allied soldiers.
Lieutenant Raimund Steiner – German Battery Commander
At 0026 hours on D-Day, Lieutenant Raimund Steiner telephoned Generalleutnant Richter to report the landing of a British glider near the Merville Battery. Richter told Generalleutnant Steiner: “One glider doesn’t make an invasion! Go to sleep!”
On 7th September 1939, Ludwig Steiner who was the father of Raimund Steiner, was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp for being anti-Nazi. He was later transferred to Dachau and finally released on 20th September 1940 at the request of the Innsbruck Council.
His release papers state that his imprisonment was provisionally suspended and that he was to report to his local Police Station every three working days.
When he turned up at his house nobody recognised him. He weighed 48 kilos, his hair was gone and he had many internal and external injuries. He stood crying at the door. Two months later, he died in Innsbruck Hospital.
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