France-000766 – Longues-sur-Mer Battery – Gun 4
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The Longues-sur-Mer battery was a World War II artillery battery constructed by the Wehrmacht (the German armed forces from 1935 to 1945) near the French village of Longues-sur-Mer in Normandy. It formed a part of Germany’s Atlantic Wall coastal fortifications. The site consisted of four 152-mm navy guns, each protected by a large concrete casement, a command post, shelters for personnel and ammunition, and several defensive machine-gun emplacements.
On the night before the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944, the battery was subjected to a barrage comprising approximately 1,500 tons of bombs, although much of this landed on a nearby village. The crew of the battery (184 men, half of them over 40 years old) surrendered to the 231st Infantry Brigade the following day.
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