Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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Leutnant Edmund.
3./Gren.Regt.726 at Wn63.

31 Soldiers. 21 Infantry & 7 Art/Obs.
Artillery Obs. Lt Ferking. Corporal Hein Serverloh. 1./352 at Houtteville.
1 x Vf69 bunker.
2 x Vf61a bunker.
2 x R669 casemates.
1 x R667 casemate under construction
MG. Ringstand AA.
2 x SK bunkers.
1 x Vf2d bunker.
1 x Observation.
2 x 7.5cm F.K.235 (b).
1 x 5cm KwK L/60
1 x 7.5cm Pak .
Automatic Flame throwers.

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Capa landed slightly to the middle between Wn62 and Wn64, in the crossfire.

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Capa.

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Capa.

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Plan of the landing area.
" Click on the image for a larger image to the left".

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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Wn62 along the skyline exactly where it should have been placed. The Fortress Engineer got it absolutely right.
The concrete block has nothing to do with any defence and was part of a stone crushing machine that was used in the production of concrete to make the defences. There was also a light railway to convey the crushed stone to different building sites of new bunkers to be ready for later 1944.

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A US stone crusher working in Varreville after D-Day.

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Rock crusher.

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Bunker under construction.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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German Army map of he area showing StP Colleville with Wn62.

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Plan based on a 1947 air photo.
There were at least three machine guns, Serverloh's was an M.G.42, there was also an M.G.34 and an M.G.08 a 1908 water cooled machine gun firing at a much slower rate but still deadly in the right hands.
There were two R669 casemates and an R667 under construction.

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MG.42.

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MG.34.

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MG.08.

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R669 casemate .

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Gas extraction plan for an R669 casemate to remove gases after the gun has fired.

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7.5cm F.K.235 (b).

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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A Norman gate.
This is the top of the hill, this is near the top entrance to the Wn and also behind was an artillery site for batterie of Nebelwerfer rockets.

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Nebelwerfer.

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One of the many memorials and also the Z trench system running down the hill. This trench caused a lot of problems for the German soldiers retreating up the hill even in the trench could be seen by ships out at sea and were picked off.

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Plan.

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One of the many memorials and also the Z trench system running down the hill. This trench caused a lot of problems for the German soldiers retreating up the hill even in the trench could be seen by ships out at sea and were picked off.

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Plan.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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Wellblech shelter, a BF207 (Vf69) for an 8cm Gr.W mortar and a Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone.

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Plan.

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Vf69.
Main Tobruk for the 8cm mortar.
Tobruk for observer and machine gunner.
Ammunition and crew space.

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8cm Gr.W mortar

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Plan of the area with a Wellblech two roomed crew quarters Vf2d. The mortar Tobruk with the radio/telephone.

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A Vf2d bunker plan.

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25 March 2015

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Vf2d.

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Entrance to the Vf2d.

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25 March 2015

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Vf2d.

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Walking down into the bunker a Vf2d which had just been finished by its builders.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
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Based on a Vf2d design with two Wellblech style bunkers, one with higher walls and a half round roof. Two windows.
Living in this bunker up to D-day was Soldat Drews, Lehrmann, Plota, Selbach, Corporal Krieftewirth 35 years and Gockel 18 years old. 
Frans Gockel used a Polish M.G.08 7.6mm water cooled machine gun on D-day.

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The men of Wn62. .

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Plan.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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Based on a Vf2d design with two Wellblech style bunkers, the second is a full half round Wellblech and an escape.
Wooden bunks with straw mattresses. Originally they were housed in wooden huts.

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Plan.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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Escape.

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The escape.

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Looking down the escape.

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Based on a Vf2d design with two Wellblech style bunkers, the second is a full half round Wellblech and an escape.

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Crew enjoying the evening.

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25 March 2015

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The way in.

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Plan.

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25 March 2015

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Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone.

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Plan.

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Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone.

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Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone.

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Lichtsprechgerät or RSV for short - Manufacturer Carl Zeiss. I believe this is the type of unit used here.
Lichtsprechgerät - (literal translation) - Light talkie. Photophone.

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Li Spr 80.

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Training on a Photophone Li Spr 80.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone.

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Looking up into the Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone part of the bunker.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone.

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This concrete bunker was a radio transmitter/receiver using line of sight.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone.

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The other end of the Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone I believe was in the Colleville church tower.

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The outside the Lichtsprechrechgerät bunker.

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Lichtsprechrechgerät 80 direct line radio/telephone.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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25 March 2015

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Vf69 mortar Tobruk looking into: -
Left - Ammunition room - Mortar space - Tobruk lookout/M.G. - Crew space..

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Two GrW34 8cm Mortar crews.

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Mortar crew.

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Plan.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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Mortar Tobruk and the Lookout/M.G. Tobruk.
There may have not been a mortar inside the large Tobruk but the smaller one had a machine gun in the ring with Cpl. Schnichels.

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8cm mortar Tobruk at Wn73 further along the beach.

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M.G. Tobruk..

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Observation.

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Trench system continuing on down the hill, the retreating Germans as you can see must have had a real problem retreating up this hill.

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Plan

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Sgt. Schulte & Corp. Hamming used a twin anti-aircraft machine gun like this one.

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Vf61a 5cm Mortar Tobruk.

This one did not have a mortar fitted on D-Day. Sgt. Fôrster & Corp. Bersik were here probably with a machine gun??

The Americans fighting Wn60 said the 5cm Mortar was a nuisance weapon. They saw them being fired and fly through the air and just ducked down and and the small explosive just went off with a puff. Now the 80/81mm mortars were very different, they killed possibly more American soldiers on D-Day than any other weapon.

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Plan

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Plan Vf61a 5cm Mortar Tobruk.

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The second Vf61a 5cm Mortar Tobruk.
Oberschütze ( "senior rifleman") Plota used a licht-signalgerat (signal lamp) to contact other Wn's if the radios or telephone cables are broken.

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Signal lamp.

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Mortar crew firing.

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5cm

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Box of 5cm mortar bombs.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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19 March 2006

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
Memorial to the 5th Engineer Brigade.

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The second Vf61a 5cm Mortar Tobruk.
The Americans fighting Wn60 said the 5cm Mortar was a nuisance weapon. They saw them being fired and fly through the air and just ducked down and and the small explosive just went off with a puff. Now the 80/81mm mortars were very different, they killed possibly more American soldiers on D-Day than any other weapon.

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Mounting for a 5cm Mortar.

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Mortar crew firing.

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Box of 5cm mortar bombs.

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25 March 2015

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Entrance to a small concrete bunker/shelter.

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Plan.

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Plan.

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19 March 2006

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Looking into the bunker/shelter room. This was the radio room to transmit artillery information from the observation officer to the gun line.

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Plan.

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A window inside the bunker/shelter room.
Corp. Warnecke and Pt. Schulz ran the radio link to the 1./AR352 at Houtteville with four 10.5 cm FH18. They also had an MG42 machine gun used on D-Day.

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10.5 cm FH18.

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MG42 machine gun .

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19 March 2006

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Trench along the front.

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Plan.

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This was to be a guard room bunker.

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There was under construction an R667 casemate for a 5cm KwK gun further down the hill.

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Looking down from above you can see the layout.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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23 March 2015

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A concrete position for a piece of field artillery giving direct fire onto the beach. There were two of these, the other to the left. Now removed. A 7.5cm F.K.235 (b). (Others say they were Czech?) would have sat here but one may have been moved into one of the R669 casemates that had just been built before the 6 June.

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Plan.

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This is how it may have looked with a camouflage net over the top to hide the gun. 7.5cm F.K.235 (b).

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Shells and case for a 7.5cm gun in a wooden box.

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This is one of the field guns covering the beach

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A concrete position for a piece of field artillery giving direct fire onto the beach. There were two of these, the other to the left. Now removed. A 7.5cm F.K.235 (b). would have sat here but may have been moved into one of the R669 casemates that had just been built before the 6 June.

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Gunners cleaning their gun.

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Cordite powder bags to fit into the shell case.

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Artillery Obs. Lt Ferking. Corporal Hein Serverloh. 1./352 at Houtteville
Feld-Batterie nördl. von Houtteville 1., Artillerie-Regiment 352, 4 x 10.5cm FH18 guns.

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10.5 cm FH18.

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10.5 cm FH18.

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Houtteville is four km south of Wn62.

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Artillery Obs. Lt Ferking. Corporal Hein Serverloh. 1./352 at Houtteville
The entrance to the observation.

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Artillery Obs. Lt Ferking.

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Corporal Hein Serverloh.

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Artillery Obs. Lt Ferking. Corporal Hein Serverloh. 1./352 at Houtteville
There were up to three men in here, Lt Ferking, a radio/telephone operator and one other.

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Plan.

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The sort of sight Lt. Ferking would have used is a scissor type range finder.

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A scissor type range finder.

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19 March 2006

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Artillery Obs. Lt Ferking. Corporal Hein Serverloh. 1./352 at Houtteville
This is where Artillery Obs. Lt Ferking called down fire from the four 4 x 10.5cm FH18 guns. As the day went on the battery gradually ran out of ammunition and ceased firing. Its ammunition resupply lorry was hit by a 15inch shell and was blown up.

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Lt Ferking.

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Artillery Obs. Lt Ferking. Corporal Hein Serverloh. 1./352 at Houtteville
The observation slit where Lt Ferking was shelled out by the Destroyers out at sea and killed.

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USS Shepler shelling Wn60.

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Artillery Obs. Lt Ferking. Corporal Hein Serverloh. 1./352 at Houtteville.
The view from lower down the slope.

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Plan.

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Corporal Hein Serverloh

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A comment from Corporal Hein Serverloh in his book 'Wn62' he states that after firing thousands of rounds, his ammunition was getting low and he had to use tracer rounds. These have every fifth bullet that lights up and can be seen at night, but also in day time. Seeing the tracer fire an American Destroyers targeted his position and started to blow it up. Thus the damage to the observation slit. Corporal Hein Serverloh was in a trench to the right of his officer Lt Ferking. Lt Ferking came out of his small observation and asked was I OK and I felt I was better off in the trench than in a bunker. After running low on ammunition and being wounded, he tried to escape by running up the hill away from the beach. He was captured late in the afternoon of D-Day.

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Corporal Hein Serverloh.

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7.6mm Polish machine gun.

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Tracer fire.

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19 March 2006

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Ammunition niches situated along the trench.

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Plan of the ammunition niches.

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7.92mm machine gun ammunition.

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7.9mm brass ammunition.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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19 March 2006

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Ammunition niches situated along the trench.
Franz Gockel used a Polish MG08 water cooled machine gun on D-day.
Firing his machine gun at the soldiers landing, after firing for most of the day a direct hit on the gun blew it apart. He tried to escape and is hit in the arm by a bullet. He and several others managed to escape and he was patched up in Bayeux. Gockel was a member of the 3./Gren.Regt.726.

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Polish MG08 water cooled machine gun.

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Franz Gockel.

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Machine gun belt.

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Machine gun ammunition box.

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19 March 2006

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Ammunition niches situated along the trench. Further down and on the left an R667 casemate to replace the 5cm KwK in its open position.

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Plan of an R667 casemate for a 5cm KwK gun that was being built (but not finished) along this trench lone.

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R667 casemate..

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5cm KwK L/42 gun.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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11 April 2018

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A 5cm KwK L/42 in a field position. This was an early method of using a 5cm KwK, later they were placed in ringstands and then into R667 casemates. This gun was due to be placed into an R667 casemate but it had not been finished.

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5cm KwK L/42 gun field position mounting.

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A 5cm KwK base in a field position.

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5cm ammunition.

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A 5cm KwK L/42 in a field position. This was an early method of using a 5cm KwK, later they were placed in ringstands and then into R667 casemates. This gun was due to be placed into an R667 casemate but it had not been finished. Cpl. Kuska & Pt. Heckman were the gunners here.

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5cm KwK L/42 gun field position mounting.

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A 5cm KwK base in a field position.

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11 November 2016

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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R669 casemates. There are two casemates here and possibly the two field guns would have been moved from their open emplacements into these bunkers. I believe one had been moved in but the other not. This picture shows the flanking wall very well to protected the embrasure and gun from direct fire from the sea side direction and also helped to hide the gun flash from artillery spotters. Both these casemates were completed in April.

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Plan.

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R669 60° for a Field Kannon.

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7.5cm F.K.235 (b).

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11 November 2016

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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A direct hit on the flanking wall may have come from a Sherman on the beach firing up the slope and it ricochet off the flanking wall.

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R669 60° for a Field Kannon.

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7.5cm F.K.235 (b).

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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An R669 casemate built by the Bless Company a local French builder and finished in April 1944. An R669's was designed to take a 7.5mm Field Howitzer gun. Access for the gun should be via the rear door but here both casemates have had rear blast walls fitted. This may have been a local issue as I have never seen these in any other bunkers.
I think there was no gun in this one just two rifle men.

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R669 60° for a Field Kannon.

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Details of the Bless Co. with the help of PNT. Thank you.

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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R669 casemate gun room where Cpl. Brinkmeier and Private liermann probably manned this with either a machine gun or their rifles. A barrier would have been made with anything that came to hand like sand bags and timber.

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The rear entrance has a double wall covering the rear from being shot at from the sea. The only trouble is, how could they get the gun in? Well one answer was - there was no gun here on D-day as the casemate had only just been built and the gun not fitted.

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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The gun room looks rather deserted. The squiggly lines on the walls are camouflage. When the casemate was being built, pieces of rope or old cement bags would be placed into the concrete and removed when the shuttering is taken away.

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3" inch shell still embedded in the wall.

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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View slightly curtailed now but it would have a view all the way down to the beach and to Wn73.
If the 7.5cm howitzer had been installed, it may have caused a lot of damage on the beach.

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11 April 2018

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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A good view from the rear.

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Plan.

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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View over the top of the R669 looking down onto the beach.

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Rommel visiting

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate and Memorial to the 5th Engineer Brigade.

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The second R669, this one did have one of the guns in place and would have shot at landing craft, tanks, etc. down on the beach.

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7.5cm F.K.235 (b).

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7.5cm ammunition.

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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The trench up to the casemate.

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Plan.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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11 November 2016

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate and Memorial to the 5th Engineer Brigade.

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The rear entrance with a chicane wall at the rear.

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19 March 2006

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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View of the tight way into the casemate.

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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Gun room.
Cpl. Lehrmann, Cpl. Kriefteworth, Cpl. Hans Selbach and Emils Drews were the guns crew inside this bunker.

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A gun room firing.

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Cleaning rods should have been hung on the wall.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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23 March 2015

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R669 casemate.

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Camouflage as in the other bunker.

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R669 under construction.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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Gun room looking at the rear entrance.
A 7.5cm F.K.235 (b). would have sat here where the gunners would have fired off as many rounds as possible.

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Damage inside.

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7.5cm F.K.235 (b).

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Boxed ammunition.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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Well that has been shot at. The eight square shaped holes around the embrasure are for a door frame to be fitted to close off the gun room. These bunkers were not finished so it was never installed.

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Wooden doors fitted to some bunkers.

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Camouflage covering the embrasure.

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Fired on by US and British destroyers.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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R669 casemate with the flanking wall covering the embrasure from direct fire.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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23 March 2015

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
R669 casemate.

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Being used by the Americans after D-Day.

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Defence soldiers building beach defences. They spent too much time in building and not enough time training.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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23 November 2008

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
Now we move into the attack.

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The view many Americans would have seen. They landed at low tide which is a long way out, with no cover except an water deep enough to hide or any of the Rommel's asparagus. There was supposed to be bomb craters, but as the bombers missed the beach there were none to sneak into.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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1944

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This is an air photo made into a model to show the heights. This would have been in the pre D-Day camp. For Omaha they were called 'D' camps. There were many around the Dorchester, Weymouth area. All units due to land on D-Day on Omaha Beach were locked up in these camps for security reasons. D-Day was to be 5th June 1944, just before the troops moved down into Weymouth and Portland and loaded on their LST (L)'s and LST's. Several sailed and had to be called back. Then they sailed, in convoys through mine swept channels until they reached their dropping off points.

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Plan of 'D' camps.

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Route to the camps.

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Pyramid tents.

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US troops loading into British RN landing craft.

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Loading at Portland..

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LCT loading.

Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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Bigot

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)
Bigot Map

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I cannot find a date for this map but it could be as late as May 1944. These maps were issued to Bigoted officers. If you were in the know, you were a Bigot level security. If you did not know, you knew nothing at all and only worked on rumours from your mates.

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A Bigot stamp.

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Senior American Officers.

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Bigot

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Bigot Map

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This now a close up shows the layout and positions of the defences, wire, mines, MG, etc.

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Wn62 Colleville-sur-Mer, (Omaha Beach)

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6th June 1944

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First the DD Sherman tanks were launched, the sea was very rough and many DD's sank, but a few did land here.

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6th June 1944

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6th June 1944

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6th June 1944

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DD tanks about to be launched.

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Sherman DD launching.

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Sherman DD in a rough sea.

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US DD on the beach.

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DD and two wading Sherman's just below Wn62.

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Another view of Belgian gates, a DD Sherman, a bulldozer and a beach marker.

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