German strongpoints in Normandy: Wn 75
Pointe du Hoc battery
The Wn 75 strongpoint, also known as Stp 75 – Stützpunkt Bayeux 075 -, is located on the Pointe du Hoc natural site, northwest of Saint-Pierre-du-Mont. Armed with a battery from the 2nd Battalion of the 832th Coastal Artillery Regiment, it consists of six artillery concrete open shelters with attached H134 ammunition bunkers, H502, H621 and H622 shelters, one H636a firing station, two L409a shelters each surmounted by an antiaircraft gun as well as several tobrouks and trenches. To the south, a mining belt (coded Mf 59) protects the battery against ground attacks. At the end of 1943, the Germans began the construction of three H679 casemates to protect the cannons from the Allied aerial bombardments, becoming more and more frequent. None are fully operational at the time of the landing.
Composition of the Wn 75 strongpoint:
- 6x 155 mm (K418 -f-) howitzers
- 1x horse-drawn 8,8 cm gun
- 2x 2 cm Flak 30 guns
- Several machine guns