Wn26 Langrune-sur-Mer

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9. Kp Hauptmann Kurt Mickish III. Grenadier-Regiment 736, 716th Infantry Division.
5 x Vf/M.G.
1 x Ringstand Nr1694 with concrete roof.
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1 x anti-tank wall.
4 x Unterstands.
1 x 5cm KwK L/60 Pak.
1 x Gr.W278(f) mortar.

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Ringstand Nr1694 with concrete roof.

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5cm KwK L/60 Pak gun.

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Vf/M.G.

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BF.69.mortar Tobruk.

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Plan of the defences, there would have been wire and mine defence running all around the Wn and the usual beach defences.

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Mines.

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The defence of Langrune was a linear defence running for quite a long way along the sea front with machine gun posts, a mortar and a 5cm KwK gun. Several houses were also strengthened. A beach landing would be very hard with a high seawall running its full length.

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Wn26 Langrune-sur-Mer

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1945

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The sea wall at Langrune.

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A shell set into the concrete, when a boat hits the wooden stake, a striker plate will hit the shell and it will explode.

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One of the beach exits with a defended pillbox to he right. The houses along the front took quite a battering on D-Day morning from naval artillery.

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The only pillbox/M.G. stand left here.

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A closer look at the M.G. stand.

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A closer look at the M.G. stand. Made from local materials and reinforced concrete.

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The roof section.

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Looking back from Langrune-sur-Mer towards Luc-sur-Mer.

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Gr.W278(f) mortar.

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Gr.W278(f) mortar ammunition box.

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BF.69.mortar Tobruk.

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BF.69.mortar Tobruk.
The main ring for the 81mm mortar, the second for the gun commander to sight the gun and an ammunition room.

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Another view along the beach at the sea wall with the 5cm KwK in its protected ringstand.

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The Nr1694 ringstand with a lot of shell splatters against the emplacement.

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Plan.

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The Nr1694 ringstand plan.

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Ringstand.

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5cm KwK L/60.

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Nr1694 ringstand

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Nr1694 ringstand.

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5cm KwK L/60 Pak gun.

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5cm KwK L/60 Pak gun.

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Wn26 Langrune-sur-Mer with MF54 'Mine Field' covering the beach area.

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'S' mine box.

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Teller mine.

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This is an anti-tank wall at Villers-sur-Mer, Haute-Normandy.
A tank wall like this was set up to close off one of the roads from inland.

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Plan of an anti-tank wall.

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Fire from inland batteries could be called down to fire on the beach with the code word 'Koln'

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10cm field artillery.

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10.5cm F.K.

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10cm ammunition box.

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On the allied side, maps were made to show every eventuality. These were made from information from the French resistance, photo reconnaissance, frogmen and many other ways.

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Photo reconnaissance Spitfire.

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The USAAF used Lightening as PRU's.

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Fitting a camera.

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06th June 1944

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The landings took place both sides of Langrune, Sword to the east 3dr British Div. and West Juno with the 3rd Canadian Div. The Commandos were given the job of landing on both sides of each beach to secure the gaps between them.

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06th June 1944

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Here 48 Commando landed around Nan Red sector at 08:45 and moved inland to consolidate after a disastrous landing It was not until 12:00 before they could start their advance on Langrune.

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06th June 1944

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They moved parallel to the beach to Langrune fighting nearly all the way. When they attacked Wn26 they were too weak to take the Wn. Also Intelligence informed them that a counter attack was likely to come in from the south. The Commando moved south to a defence line covering any attack. Next morning 48 Commando turned around and started the attack again. This time with tank support.

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06th June 1944

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Plan of the route that 48 Commando took over the two days the fought there D-Day and D+1.

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Anti-tank guns lined up in defence at Hermanville-sur-Mer.

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This may not be Langrune but it gives an idea of the D-Day devastation to the towns in France. Here Sherman DD tanks working down the road as they would have an D-Day +1 to try and break through the anti -tank wall.
The tanks fired many shells into the A/T wall but it took men with pick axes and shovels to get through.

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Centaur tank.

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Churchill AVRE landing.

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Sherman tank.

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