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PC 10./736 Company commanded by Hauptmann Heinrich Kuhtz.
1 x R677 casemate.
1 x R626 Casemate for a 7.5cm Pak with roof canopy under construction.
1 x 5cm ringstands Nr.1694.
1 x SK for a 3.7cm K. gun.
1 x 5cm SK/ Doppelschartenstand.
4 x VF2a bunker
4 x Feldm bunkers.
1 x MG stand.
4 x Bf58c Tobruk's.
1 x Peilstand (observatory for ).
2 x Bf69 Mortar open emplacements.
1 x Ringstand type U Pz.T. FT-MG.311 tank turret.
2 x Vf/Gr. W bunker.
1 x 7.5cm Pak gun.
2 x 5cm KwK L/60 Pak guns.
1 x 7.5cm F.K.231(f)
2 x 8.14cm Gr.W278(f) mortars.

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Plan R677.

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5cm KwK L/60 Pak.

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Bf69 Mortar open emplacements.

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StP20 La Breche Plan.

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StP20 was very well defended with 7.5cm Pak 40, 2 x 5cm KwK L/60 Pak's and 3.7cm K. gun. Several machine guns and two 8.14cm Gr.W.278(f) mortars. Several Vf2a bunkers, an open emplacement for a 7.5cm F.K.231(f) and 4 x Tobruks. The area was laid out for pre war with new beach front housing that was in its early stages with just a road layout and only a few houses built.

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7.5cm F.K.231(f).

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7.5cm Pak 40.

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MG.311(f) machine gun in the FT turret.

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MG.311(f) machine gun in the FT turret in a U shaped Tobruk..


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Defence map of the area.
Beach obstacles: -
522 x Hedgehogs.
267 x Stakes.
76 x Timber ramps.
46 x Element ‘C’.
Making a total of 0.3 obstacles per linear yard of beach (0.3 obs. per meter).
Information from 21 Army Group RE 1944 on Queen sector. (DEFE 2/490)

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522 x Hedgehogs.

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76 x Timber ramps.

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76 x Timber ramps.

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46 x Element ‘C’ (Belgian Gates).

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Units of the 3./736 Battalion were stationed and took the brunt of the battle for D-Day.

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Reconnaissance air photo of StP20.

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Zoomed in on StP20 several positions can be seen.

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1694 5cm KwK..

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Skoda bunker..

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R677 for a 7.5cm F.K..

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FT turret on a U shaped Tobruk.

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FT turret with an MG.311(f) machine gun.

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FT at Maisy.

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Plan where the FT U Tobruk was placed..

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StP20 La Breche R677 casemate.

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This is where I think the casemate was placed, now completely removed. A 7.5cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun was placed inside.
This gun apparently fired 16 rounds before it was put out of action by a 4.7inch shell from the sea or a Petard mortar from a Churchill tank. (DEFE 2/490)

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R677 casemate from above.

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7.5cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun.

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7.5cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun and crew.

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Plan.

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StP20 La Breche R677 casemate.

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The R677 casemate from the front after capture still with a camouflage net and barbed wire in place.

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R677 casemate from above.

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R677 casemate with a 7.5cm Pak in place.

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7.5cm A/T ammunition.

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StP20 La Breche 5cm SK/ Doppelschartenstand.

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Doppelschartenstand is an interesting casemate, the 5cm KwK could turn 360° and fire down each flank but is covered on its seaward side and roofed over. The house behind is shown in the next picture.

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Doppelschartenstand plan.

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Doppelschartenstand plan.

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View.

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Plan.

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Sextant 105mm.

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Red square where the Doppelschartenstand was situated and just about where the photo was taken there was a Tobruk.

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Another view of the Doppelschartenstand.

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Plan.

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Bf58c Tobruk.

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Bf58c Tobruk.

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StP20 La Breche machine gun bunker camouflaged.

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A locally built machine gun bunker to look like a house situated somewhere along the front.

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MG34.

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StP20 La Breche machine gun bunker camouflaged.

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Finishing touches.

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German artillery fire plan to fire on an attacking force.

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StP20 La Breche SK/Skoda 3,7 cm K. Pak casemate.

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This is my interpretation of what it may have looked like. Nothing remains but I believe a Tobruk is in one of the gardens on the eater flank.

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The casemate in position..

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Metal plate being fitted into a casemate.

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SK/Skoda 3,7 cm K. Pak casemate, how it may have looked.

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This is a 78P9 plate very like the one used here a 29P8.

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Plan..

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StP20 La Breche Bf69 Mortar open emplacements.

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This Bf69 is at Wn31 Courseulles-sur-Mer.
Just showing the type that was here.

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Plan.

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In side a Bf69 ringstand this 8.14cm Gr.W278(f) mortar and crew.

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8.14cm Gr.W278(f) mortars.

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Plan Bf69 ringstand.

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StP20 La Breche 5cm KwK L/60 in an Nr.1694 ringstand.

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This where the 5cm KwK L/60 Pak covered the rear of the defence.

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Nr.1694.

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Nr.1694 with the centre mounting in place..

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5cm KwK L/60 in an Nr.1694 ringstand.

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Plan.

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StP20 La Breche 5cm KwK L/60 in an Nr.1694.

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It looks as though this gun received a direct hit on its left gun shield.

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Plan.

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Sherman tank coming ashore.

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StP20 La Breche Artillery map

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When a landing was in progress the artillery inland would be ordered to fire on pre arranged targets. They are RED on the map. BLUE are the German positions. When landing craft enter the red areas on the map, the artillery spotter could call down drenching fire on these targets. Goslar, Freiburg, Füssn and Engers the drenching target areas. A batterie would probably fire five rounds rapid fire, so with a four gun batterie 20 shells would plaster the area.

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7.5cm F.K.

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7.5cm F.K.

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Night firing over the beach.

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This is the Allied Bigot map that was constantly updated right up until sailing for D-day. Information came in from Spies, French resistance, air photography and also British and French soldiers landing at night and searching for beach mines, sea defences, sand condition and what ever they could see and feel.

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Beach defences.

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Rommel checking out the defences.

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Assembling the beach defences.

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StP20 La Breche R626 Under construction.

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R626 casemate for a 7.5cm Pak 40 with roof canopy under construction. An odd bunker made of concrete but with a steel roof.

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845P6 steel roof elevation.

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845P6 steel roof plan.

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R626 without a steel plate..

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StP20 La Breche R626 Under construction.

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R626 Casemate for a 7.5cm Pak showing the steel roof section.

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Beach front today.

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Beach front D-Day.

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Wn10 Riva-Bella.

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StP20 La Breche D-Day.

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On D-Day this was Sword Beach and the 2. East Yorks landed here, 07.35 A & B company reported heavy opposition but the operation proceeded according to plan. The DD tanks should have landed before the infantry but due to circumstances they were late and landed just after the infantry assault. Over 30DD's made it to the beach to the astonishment of the defenders. Their floatation skirts dropped and suddenly a tank emerged. The defenders managed to take out nearly all of the DD's but a few wore down the defence and started to get off the beach and inland.

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Churchill AVRE on Sword Beach.

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