The Fall of the Ozeville Battery
To the east of Montebourg, at Ozeville, the Germans had constructed a battery which, since 9th June, had successfully resisted the assaults by 4th Infantry Division. In order to assault the strong point, General Barton formed a combat group composed of 22nd Infantry Regiment and two tank battalions. The assault was launched on 10th June but, the Kiel combat group defending the casemates, supported by the guns from the Crisbecq battery, resisted. The following days attack was also unsuccessful. Finally, the third attempt, on 12th June, was successful after preliminary shelling and bombing, the casemates and the village were taken at midday. An American officer, who had approached to negotiate terms of surrender was shot. As a reprisal, no prisoners were taken by the American troops that day.