LONGUES-SUR-MER Calvados - 8 km north of Bayeux
A battery of the Atlantic Wall surrendered
Situated west of Arromanches-les-Bains in Normandy, Longues-sur-Mer overlooked the ocean from the top of a 65 meters height cliff, a perfect position where the Germans had installed a four 150 mm guns battery. On 6 June 1944, at 5:30 am several allied battle ships opened fire on the battery. When the Allied Armada was on sight, the German heavy guns striked back. The HMS Ajax concentrated his fire on the German battery at one kilometre range. The battery stopped bombing a short time, but fire started again and the position shelled the Landing ships until 5 pm.The battery surrendered to the British troops the next day with the 184 men garrison.

 
     
 
Longues-sur-Mer battery
Four 150 mm guns of twenty kilometers range equiped this battery. A fire control casemate, hardly completed on 6 June 1944, was installed at the cliff edge.
Situation : access from the D514 road (follow the road-sign)

  B11 airfield and Closterman stele
Stele remembering that British Airfield B11 was operational there from 21 June to 4 September 1944. Pierre Closterman, pilot of the Free French Air Force take off from this airfield with Squadron 602.
Situation : at the entrance of the battery

 
  60th anniversary stele
Stele commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy.
Situation : near the town hall
 
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INTERESTING WEB SITES
Web page about the naval forces of D-day
http://www.naval-history.net/WW2194406.htm

Page of the Royal Air Force web site about D-day operations
http://www.raf.mod.uk/dday/index.html

Calvados departmental tourism office web site
http://www.calvados-tourisme.com/

Personal web site about the Atlantic Wall
http://site.voila.fr/bunkers

Personal web site about paintings and camouflage of the Atlantic Wall
http://www.bunkersite.com/bunkerart
 
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