WW2 trips and museum visits
Museum The Crisbecq Battery, 2007
Aerial photo of casemate nr1 after D-Day.
You can just see the heavy gun position to the left.(under the American Jeep)
Aerial photo of the Crisbecq Battery after D-Day.
Aerial photo of the Crisbecq Battery's heavy gun positions and trench system today.
Aerial photo of casemate nr1 today, collapsed when engineers destroyed it after it was captured.
One of Crisbecq’s three 210-millimeter (8.25-inch) guns in casemate nr 2 on June 21, 1944. As one can see engineers also tried to destroy this casemate.
View of casemate nr2 and in the back casemate nr1.
Here are a couple of photo’s taken 65 years apart, in the first photo is a German soldier exiting a personnel shelter the second one is of the same shelter today.
Two photo’s of the fire control post taken in 1944 after the Allies had captured Crisbecq.
One 1944 photo clearly shows that large caliber shells were dropped on this fire control post/bunker as the crater seen was at least six meters in depth at the foot of the bunker.
The 2nd now photo clearly shows the size of the bunker as my buddy stands on the roof.
The 3rd now photo shows me standing near the crater of a direct hit on the bunkers roof.
View towards Utah Beach from the Crisbecq battery 1944 and today.
(Houses along the beach, 1.5 miles distant from the battery.)
The road to Utah Beach today.
Below: Page 150 and 151 of the German Commander of Sea Defenses report -- June 6 1944: at 06:35 the Saint Marcouf (Crisbecq) Battery, being 1.5 miles inland, saw the silhouette of the USS Corry (DD463) as a light cruiser and reported direct heavy hits on what it believed was a cruiser. The Corry was the US Navy's only major loss on D-Day. No other warship was sunk or sustained heavy hits off Utah Beach. See translation below.
From the 1st report:
Marcouf reports heavy hits. Direct hit on cruiser.
Translation of June 6 activity from 07:15 to 07:39.
Evidently At 07:15 the German unit Arko 118 reports cruiser shelled by Marcouf burning. From the distance, the Corry's smoke screen generator emitting smoke would appear as a ship burning, but the smoke screen tank on the Corry's stern was hit by a German shell as the Corry was sinking, which set off the smoke. At 07:28, a unit from German regiment 1261, correctly identified the Corry as a destroyer and reported seeing the Corry's smoke screen generator functioning, believing that the Corry had intentionally fogged itself.
From the 2nd report:
Arko 118 reports: Marcouf got hits before battery. Cruiser shelled by Marcouf, burning. 4./1261 (Quinéville) shot at vehicle. Apparent sinking. Small vehicles drive around. 5.u.6. do not shoot, since range of fire is not sufficient. No connection to the 1. Department. Before Grandcamp and Vire delta of ship at collections and accrete
Battery Marcouf reports: Enemy cruiser sunk. Battery unclear. 1 cannon direct hit, several wounded - medical assistance urgently needed.
III./1261 (also Marcouf) reports: 7. Battery fired on enemy ship, position 2600 distance 149 hm with 1 cannon to fire on enemy.
Unit from 1261 reports: 4. Battery fired at destroyers - distance 4 km -. Destroyer in sinking condition fogs itself.
To Battery Marcouf: Well done, medical assistance on the way.
FT to Channel Coast Admiral: Enemy cruiser after bombardment Marcouf 07:20 sunk. Battery unclear. 1 cannon direct hit.
the captain of the USS Corry, Lieutenant commander George Dewey Hoffman