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Wn77 east of Grandcamp Maisy.

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Some of these still exist in Wn78.

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Beach defences.

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Barbed wire.

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01 October 2013

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The area of Wn77 Le Point du Hable.
After D-Day the Americans moved along the road between the cliff top the road. Wn77 troops probably did not fight from their original defences, but moved up the slope and towards the road to try and block an American advance. Rangers with tank support gradually worked there way from Pointe du Hoc to take the twin batteries of Maisy and then move south to Isigny-sur-Mer and a link up with the Utah landing.

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24 November 2008                                                                                                             Tank Bridge of the Royal Engineers in World War II website.

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Back in 2008 we found this old WW2 Allied tank bridge. Possibly the type used here a Churchill tank, bridge layer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge erected by Churchill across the river at Mergestel, October 26, 1944.

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Churchill tank bridge layers.

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1 x Ic116 Tobruk.
1 x Vf8 Tobruk.
1 x unknown type Tobruk.
1 x Vf MG.
Pos. 5cm mortars?

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2 - Vf8 Tobruk.

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5 cm Granatwerfer 36.

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German armies plan of the area

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This is the 1944 map of the area showing up to date information. Maps were constantly changing and being up dated as new positions and bunkers added to the wall. Each unit had to end in accurate returns of what weapons, ammunition, men and bunkers hat they had in their designated areas, on a monthly basses.
77 is the Wn number.
Mf is the minefield number. Also a very accurate plan of the minefield would also be returned to HQ so that any replacement troops would know where they are.

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Laying mines.

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Cleared mines.

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24 November 2008

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Vf8 Tobruk.
Unsure if this had a 5cm mortar or not, I do not know.

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Vf8 Tobruk.

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24 November 2008

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Ic116 Tobruk.
This may have had a 5cm mortar as it has a centre post that either a machine gun or a mortar could be mounted.

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Ic116 Tobruk.

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Mortar bombs.

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24 November 2008

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Ic116 Tobruk.
You can see the centre concrete pivot.

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08 October 2013

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Vf bunker.

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A Vf bunker entrance.

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24 November 2008

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The three Tobruk positions from the Vf bunker.

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24 November 2008

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A second Vf bunker.

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15 October 2017

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Like a Tobruk, a circular hole and a large sort of cap stone over the rear of the position.

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15 October 2017

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I think it may have been a light machine gun position.

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24 November 2008

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Z trenches running off along the cliff top.

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24 November 2008

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Heavy machine gun position with two ammunition niches either side.

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How it may have looked.

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Heavy machine gun mounting.
MG 42 Maschinengewehr 42. Heavy/Medium machine gun on a tripod and a light machine gun on a bi pod.

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24 November 2008

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Niche for ammunition.

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24 November 2008                                                                                                            Trench system

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Trench system running off along the cliff top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How the trench may have been used here and showing a wooden niche filled with ammunition.

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15 October 2017

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Looking back over Wn77.

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24 November 2008

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The wet view towards Maisy.

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15 October 2017

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