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The D-Day Box (Part two)

Check out the photos below of me using The D-Day Box at Longues-sur-Mer!

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Merville Battery Guns

Gentlemen, in spite of your excellent orders and training, do not be daunted if chaos reigns. It undoubtedly will.
Brigadier James Hill

This  simple gun position at the Merville Battery permitted a 360° arc of fire at both the maritime and land targets on D-Day.

Each casemate had an open gun emplacement which were easily seen from above and vulnerable to air attack. Therefore, when the casemates were completed the guns were moved inside.

In May 1944, these open gun emplacements were concealed under a layer of soil.

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Longues-sur-Mer battery

Last year, Kate and I visited Longues-sur-Mer with an American tour group. Just outside of Arromanches enroute to Bayeux, if you’re in the area, stop off to take a look for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

I’d done some research about the battery and so I was excited to be going. Longues-sur-Mer battery was built as part of the German Atlantic Wall and boasts four massive navy guns – a very impressive sight. The scale of the guns really brought home the terror and destruction that they could cause. Each of the guns are protected by a 3-metre thick concrete casemate and has its own command post, shelters for personnel and ammunition storage.

This battery was a coastal fortification that had hardly been damaged by the allied bombing prior to D-Day. Looking at the thick concrete, it’s not hard to understand why. Being still intact when D-Day arrived, Longues-sur-Mer wrecked havoc on Omaha and Gold beach.

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