German strongpoints in Normandy: Wn 8 / Wn 106
Wn 8 strongpoint, also coded Wn 106 by the Germans, is located at the place known as La Redoute d’Audouville, on the site of an former French redoubt. Located near the seafront, it is protected along the dunes by an anti-tank wall and surrounded by several minefields and barbed wire.
It is armed by two 50 mm guns in circular concrete pits, a casemate (Regelbau type H612) housing a 77 mm gun and another for a 47 mm gun, a position for a 50 mm mortar and seven positions for machine guns (two in concrete pits). The particularity of the Wn 8 strongpoint lies in the presence of two circular observation posts: one north of the site and the other in the southern part.
Composition of the Wn 106 / Wn 8 strongpoint:
- 1x 77 mm gun
- 2x 5 cm KWK L/42 guns
- 1x 47 mm Pak 181 (f) gun
- 1x 50 mm type Gr.W 203 (f) mortar
- 7 machine guns