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German strongpoints in Normandy

German strongpoints in Normandy

Atlantic Wall in Normandy

 “Wn” is the German abbreviation for Wiederstandnest which literally means: resistance nest. In military terms, this is a strongpoint. This page allows you to discover the different fortifications of the Atlantic Wall, between the Orne river to the east and La Hougue in the Cotentin Peninsula to the west.

Some strongpoints were reinforced and thus were supposed to play a bigger tactical role: they were known as Stützpunkten: “Stp”.

Image : drapeau anglais Sword Beach

Wn 7 (Orne estuary)
Wn 8 (Riva Bella)
Wn 9 (Ouistreham)
Wn 10 (Riva-Bella)
Wn 11 (South of Ouistreham)
Wn 12 (South of Ouistreham) – Daimler battery
Wn 13 (Bénouville bridge) – Pegasus Bridge
Wn 14 (West of Ouistreham) – Sole strongpoint
Wn 15 (Saint-Aubin-d’Arquenay)
Wn 15a (Saint-Aubin-d’Arquenay)
Wn 16 (Colleville-sur-Orne) –  Morris strongpoint
Wn 17 (South-Ouest of Colleville) – Hillman strongpoint
Wn 18 (Riva-Bella)
Wn 19 (Colleville-sur-Orne)
Wn 20 (Hermanville-la-Brèche) – Cod strongpoint
Wn 21 (Lion-sur-Mer) – Trout strongpoint
Wn 22 (La Délivrande)
Wn 23a (Tailleville)
Stp I and II (Douvres-la-Délivrande) – Radar station
Wn 24 (Luc-sur-Mer)
Wn 25 (Luc-sur-Mer)
Wn 26 (Langrune-sur-Mer)
Wn 27 (Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer)


Image : drapeau canadien de 1944  Juno Beach

Wn 28 (Bernières-sur-Mer)
Wn 28a (Moulin at Bény-sur-Mer)
Wn 29 (Courseulles-sur-Mer)
Wn 30 (Courseulles-sur-Mer)
Wn 31 (Courseulles-sur-Mer)
Wn 32 (Mare Fontaine)


Image : drapeau anglais  Gold Beach

Wn 33 (Ver-sur-Mer)
Wn 34 (Ver-sur-Mer)
Wn 35a (Mont Fleury battery)
Wn 35b (Crépon)
Wn 36 (Asnelles – La Cabane des Douanes)
Wn 37 (Asnelles)
Wn 38 (Asnelles – Le Hamel)
Wn 39 (Saint-Côme-de-Fresné)
Wn 40 (Arromanches-les-Bains – Puits d’Hérodes)
Wn 41 (Arromanches-les-Bains – Petit Fontaine)
Wn 42 (Stp 42 – Arromanches-les-Bains)
Wn 43 (Arromanches-les-Bains)
Wn 44 (Arromanches-les-Bains – Tracy)
Wn 45 (Arromanches-les-Bains – Petit Fontaine)
Wn 46 (Pouligny)
Wn 47
Wn 48 (Longues-sur-Mer battery)
Wn 49 (Longues-sur-Mer)
Wn 50 (Vaux-sur-Aure)
Wn 50a (Bayeux)
Wn 51 (Stp 51 – Le Mesnil) – “Languste
Wn 52 (Bouffay)
Wn 53

Image : drapeau américain Omaha Beach

Wn 54 (La Fosse-Buhot/Fosse Souey)
Wn 55
Wn 56 (Port-en-Bessin)
Wn 57 (Port-en-Bessin)
Wn 58 (Port-en-Bessin)
Wn 59 (Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes)
Wn 60 (Colleville-sur-Mer)
Wn 61 (Colleville-sur-Mer)
Wn 62 (Colleville-sur-Mer)
Wn 63 (Colleville-sur-Mer)
Wn 64 (Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer)
Wn 65 (Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer)
Wn 66 (Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer)
Wn 67 (Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer)
Wn 68 (Les Moulins)
Wn 69 (Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer)
Wn 70 (Vierville-sur-Mer – Hamel-au-Prêtre)
Wn 71 (Vierville-sur-Mer)
Wn 72 (Vierville-sur-Mer)
Wn 73 (Vierville-sur-Mer)
Wn 74 (Stp Saint-Quay – Pointe de la Percée)
Wn 75 (Stp 75 – Pointe du Hoc)
Wn 76 (La Montagne)
Wn 77 (Le Pont du Hable)
Wn 78 (Grandcamp)
Wn 79 (Grandcamp)
Wn 80 (Grandcamp – Descrue)
Wn 81 (Grandcamp – Fort Samson)
Wn 82
Wn 83 (Les Perruques – Maisy battery)
Wn 84 (La Martinière – Maisy battery)
Wn 85 (Le Douet)
Wn 86 (Maisy)
Wn 87 (Maisy)
Wn 88 (Maisy)
Wn 89 (Géfosse-Fontenay)
Wn 90 (Géfosse-Fontenay)
Wn 91 (Géfosse-Fontenay)
Wn 92 (Fontenay)
Wn 93 (Saint-Clément)
Wn 94 (Rupalley nord )
Wn 94a (Isigny)


Image : drapeau américain  Utah Beach

Wn 1 (Wn 100) (Le Grand Vey)
Wn 2 (Wn 101) (Pouppeville)
Wn 3 (Wn 102) (Beau Guillot)
Wn 4 (Wn 103) (Les Dunes)
Wn 5 (Wn 104) (La Madeleine)
Wn 6 (Pouppeville)
Wn 7 (Wn 105) (La Madeleine)
Wn 8 (Wn 106) (La Redoute d’Audouville)
Stp 9 (Wn 100) (Les Dunes de Varreville)
Wn 10 (Wn 101) (Les Dunes de Varreville)
Wn 10a (Wn 101a) (Les Dunes de Varreville)
Wn 11 (Wn 102) (Hamel-Mauger)
Wn 11a (Wn 102a) (Ravenoville)
Stp 12 (Wn 103) (Châlet de Ravenoville)
Wn 13 (Wn 104) (Grand Hameau des Dunes)

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