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Wn 50 strongpoint – Atlantic wall in Normandy

German strongpoints in Normandy: Wn 50

Atlantic wall

It is at the Wn 50 strongpoint, located at Vaux-sur-Aure (three kilometers south of Longues-sur-Mer), that is installed the horse-drawn guns of the 7th battery of the 1716th artillery regiment. These 100 mm howitzers are located in field locations.

Starting in the spring of 1944, the position was taken into account by the ninth battery of the 352nd regiment of artillery with 105 mm howitzers, but on 6 June 1944 it was not occupied by the Germans. The British 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers Regiment (56th Infantry Brigade) captured the position at the end of the day on D-Day.

Composition of the Wn 50 strongpoint:

  • Initially: 4x 100 mm (leFH 14/19 -t-) howitzers
  • June 6, 1944: 4x 105 mm (leFH 18/40) howitzers

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