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Gatteville battery – Stp 152 – Atlantic wall

Gatteville battery – Stp 152

German batteries of the Atlantic Wall in Normandy

Unit: 7th Battalion of the 1261th Marine Artillery Regiment (7/HKAR1261)

Codename: Stp 152

Artillery guns: 4x 155 mm K420

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The Gatteville battery, coded “Stp 152” by the Germans, belongs to the eastern defense belt protecting the city of Cherbourg (“Festung Cherbourg“) and its precious deep water port, a real key for war logistics.

The Germans built near the village of La Houguette on the Pointe de Barfleur four casemates type Regelbau 679 each protecting a gun of French origin 155 mm (155 mm K420).

A Regelbau H502 firing station is also built in addition to several shelters, ammunition bunkers, anti-aircraft gun positions and machine gun positions (three R502, two R622, two R134 and four Vf58c).

The guns are protected by armored shields adapted by the Germans.

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