Directly at the coast in Widerstandsnestern (Resistance nests)
CO General Wilhelm Richter
HQ in Caen (where the Caen Memorial is now located)
Strenght / Division ca. 7.770 Men about half of the men the Division should have had.
726 und 736
In the second Line:
Generalleutnant Dietrich Kraiss HQ at Le Molay-Littry
Grenadier Regiment 916 [Oberst Goth - HQ in Trevieres]
Grenadier Regiment 915 [Oberstleutnant Karl Meyer ]
Grenadier Regiment 914 [ Oberstleutnant Ernst Heyna]
|WN 59||The Stronpoint
that served Major Pluskat (The Longest Day) as observation post.
Different to the "Longest Day" that shows him at Longues sur mér battery - he never was there.
Looking east towards Arromances
Looking west directly on Omaha-Beach
East of WN 61 on a little hill east of Colleville
overlooks "La Revolution" bay
Trechsystem for small arms
1 Tobruk for a Renault MG-Turret
Plattform for 2cm Flak
Shelter for ca. 8 Men1x 7,5 cm Gun
Strength: 40 Men
WN60 was taken from the
west side, as they
had no direct view on the beach west of them.
East of the valley of Colleville (E-3 Draw)
To get there use the the little road leading to the sea at the center of Colleville
across the town hall. follow the signs: OMAHA-BEACH or Plage D'Omaha
1 x 8,8 cm protected by a Bunker (finished at 25.04.1944) had the job to guard the beach from the east to the west. The only other 8,8 cm as at WN 72. This is where the National Guard monument is at Vierville.
You'll find a Tobruk - mabe for a tank turret, othe sources talk about a 50mm AT-gun.
You'll also find some tobruks for Machine guns.
WN 61 had to seal the beach from the easterly side. An AT-ditch ran across to stop enemy movents. This ditch was later used as a first aid post.
Strength : >20 Men
Largest Strongpoint of Omaha Beach
Western Stronpoint of the E-3 Draw
Use the same road from Colleville and continiou to the little parking lot. Then you can walk up to the strongpoint. You can also use the walkway from the cemetery down to the beach and turn right until yu see the casemates.
Strength: 35 Men
21 Infantry soldiers of 3. Kompanie 726 Regt. 716 ID
7 soldiers of Artillerieabteilung 352 ID
They had a concrete shelter and observation post that was connected to a bunker for the radio man.
The survivior Hein Severloh explained the location to me in October 2001
7 Infantry soldiers of 916 Gren Reg / 352 ID
1 Bunker for the soldiers with connecting trenches to a bunker with "Lichtsprechgerät" (device that sent phone signals via a light beam to a receiving unit) to communicate
with WN 63.
2 Casemates (Typ H669) für Tcheque 7,5 cm Guns, both were not finished on D-Day. the steel embrassures for the guns had not arrived yet.
Trenches (also not yet finished) for small arms
Heavy maschine gun position of Franz Gockel
1 50mm AT-gun of 916 Gren Reg was on the upper part of WN62 facing down E-3 draw.
It knocked out on Sherman tank and was not visible from the sea side.
On the left hand side when you drive down E-3 Draw from Colleville. You can only see a door in the bushes.
It was only a command post.
There are two main rooms and a rear exit that leads on the plateau fromwhere you can see WN 62.
Driving down from St. Laurent to the beach it is on the right hand side on top of the plateau.
H 612 Bunker for a russian 7,62 cm gun - not finished
Trenches / barbed wire / mines
2 x Grenade launchers in Tobruks
The old pump at Vierville that was there in 1944 - - ->
At the westside of the Rouquet Valley (E - 1 Draw)
Everybody knows the picture of GI's (2nd ID) moving up a bluff on Omaha.
H 677 Bunker for 5o mm AT-gun - the gun is still there -
2 x 5cm grenade launchers in Tobruks
1 x additional 5o mm AT
1 x 75 mm up the road to St. Laurent.
Drive back from WN65 and park at one of the parking lots in front of the two Restaurants.
WN 66 is on the eastern side of D-3 Draw.
1 x Bunker 5o mm AT - not finished
2 x Tobruk for heavy grenade launchers
1 x 5o mm AT on the bluff
Between WN 66 and 68 was an AT-ditch. A
concrete wall sealed off the road leading up D-3 Draw
Nebelwerfer emplacement / Nebelwerfer Abteilung 84
Drive up D-3 Draw to St. Laurent where the traffic circle is.
After you passed the museum you will see crossroads.
The emplacement was about in that area on top of the eastern plateau.
Nebelwerfer/Multiple Rocket Lauchers
Caliber 32 , about 25 bis 35
The lauchers were made out of wood
The locals and veterans say that no
rocket was fired.
On the other side of WN 66 on the western plateau
Stretching fom the plateau down to the Restaurant L'Omaha
Behind the beach was a Tobruk with Panzer IV Turret
Above 2 Tobruks with Renault Turret
1 x 50mm AT gun
1 concrete structure on the bluff with 2 gun slits.
A network of trenches to connect the bunkers
North of the street from St. Laurent to Vierville
This position does not exist any more!
In 2003 I had the chance to talk to a veteran of this strong point who lives in former east Germany now.
He said that they had 2 Artillery pieces of German origin
1 x 20mm ADA gun
There were no concrete structures
The German Wehrmacht also called it WN 67/A
Secured the open stretch of field between St. Laurent and Vierville on the Plateau.
You need to walk about 10 min from the street
2 x 75 mm Guns
2 x Tobruk Grenade lauchers 50 mm
1 x 2 cm FLAK
Barbed wire, Minefield
On the eastern Plateau of D-1 Draw.
From there you have an excellent view over the Beach
D-1 Exit was the most fortified sector on Omaha Beach.
Sectors: Charlie and Dog Green
Concrete structure with gun slits to the west side
Tobruks for heavy grenade lauchers
Trenches, barbed wire, minefield
On the west side of D-1 Draw below Vierville
The best constructed strongpoint of the Germans at Omaha.
1 Casemate Typ H667 guarding the beach from west to east with a PAK 43 - 8,8 cm -
Today you find the National Guard memorial on top
To stop the americans from advancing up the road was also blocked by a AT-wall.
West of the 8,8 Bunker you'll find another Bunker for a 50 mm
both bunkers were connected by trenches
2 other Tobruks
Around the strong point was barbed wire and Mines.
|WN 73||Small strongpoint
overlooking the western bluff
1 x 75 mm Gun firing down on the beach, not visible from the sea side
Mines, trenches and barbed wire
Rolling explosives to defend the steep bluffs there - - - >
Radarstation at Pointe de Raz
Some shelters and dug
Utah Beach can be seen in the distance
Below; map of strongpoints by Stewart Bryant/USA / Another map
German soldiers waiting for D-Day in Normandy