Douvres-la-Délivrande Distelfink radar station

German strongpoints in Normandy: Stp I and Spt II
Distelfink radar station at Douvres-la-Délivrande

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The Douvres-la-Délivrande radar station, nicknamed “Distelfink” by the Germans, consists of two points of support separated by a rural road linking Dover to Bény-sur-Mer: to the north of the road is the Stützpunkt II Stp II), to the south Stützpunkt I (Stp I). The two sites are surrounded by a large network of barbed wire.

This radar station was completed in the autumn of 1943 and was commissioned by the German Air Force: 230 personnel of the 8th company of the 53rd Luftwaffe regiment under the command of Lieutenant Kurt Egle worked there.

The Stp I consists of more than twenty buildings of all sizes including two Würzburg Riese FuSE 65 radars and two Freya FuMG 80 radars. These units are powered by generators installed in a specific shelter type L486 of 26, 50 meters long. This support also houses the command post of the night hunting “Anton” installed in a construction type L479 with two stages which aims to follow the enemy squadrons and to calculate their trajectories.

The Stp II includes a Wasserman FuMG 42 (for remote sensing) radar built by Siemens and installed on a L480 type construction, in addition to a dozen constructions of various sizes.

Composition of the Stp I strongpoint:
  • 2x Würzburg Riese FuSE 65 radars
  • 2x Freya FuMG 80 radars
  • 1x 7,5 cm gun
  • 5x 5 cm KwK guns
  • 1x 5 cm Pak 38 gun
  • 3x 2 cm Flak 30 guns
  • Several machine guns
Composition du Stp II strongpoints:
  • 1x Wasserman FuMG 42 Siemens radar
  • 3x  2 cm Flak 30 guns

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