Longues sur mer


The Battery of Longues-sur-Mer, a Vital Element in the German Defences
The Naval gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer, composed of four 150 mm guns with a range of 20 kms and an observation post, situated above the cliffs, was bombed by the Allied air force, without success, on 6th June 1944. The battery posed a threat to the British infantry landing on Gold Beach but, its effectiveness would have been even greater if the construction of the observation post had been completed by 6th June 1944. In front of the main aperture was earth which had been excavated during the construction and which had been used to help camouflage the edifice. The Allied air force had considerably slowed up the construction of the building notably just prior to the landings.