Down Range Pain, on 24 April 2011 - 10:38 PM, said:
the navy has artillery now?
We represent the navy units that manned and defended the long range shore guns on D-Day.
The 260th Kriegsmarine Artillery Battalion is based on Marine Artillerie Abteilung 260 containing three companies that manned four batteries on the Normandy coast. The St. Marcouf - Crisbecq battery is the most noted.
Commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Walter Ohmsen, the St. Marcouf - Crisbecq battery had a garrison of 400 men and was the core of its portion of the Atlantic Wall. The Allies dropped over 800 bombs on the battery, but the guns remained fully functional. On D-Day the St. Marcouf - Crisbecq battery sunk an American destroyer, the only sinking of a warship on June 6. The battery had a detachment of over one hundred Kriegsmarine Infanterie that were charged with ground fighting. They captured numerous American paratroopers during fighting on June 7th. When the American 4th Infantry surrounded and assaulted the battery, the German commander, confident on the Kriegsmarine's construction, called the neighboring battery in Azeville and had it fire directly on his position to help repel the attack.
The battery held out for several days, and in the end it came down to hand-to-hand trench combat. On June 12th, the St. Marcouf - Crisbecq battery was finally taken after 79 surviving Germans escaped through a secret path in the minefield that surrounded the battery. The fierce German resistance momentarily halted the Allied northern advance. The German commander was awarded a Knights Cross for his efforts repelling the attack.