What happened to the guns of 1./HKK 1260

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What happened to the guns of 1./HKK 1260

Post by Sheldrake » 01 Jan 2018 19:10

1./HKK 1260 occupied the Riva Balla battery at Ouistrehem. Before D Day the guns were withdrawn to Saint-Aubin-d'Arquenay, undetected by the allies. On D Day their old position was overrun by No 4 Commando except for the command and observation team in the observation tower - now the Mur Atlantik museum. One commando officer said that these guns shelled their own positiomn amnd caused casualties. By noon the British reported Saint-Aubin-d'Arquenay clear of the Germans. But what happened to the guns themselves and their detachments? Were they captured or did they withdraw?

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Re: What happened to the guns of 1./HKK 1260

Post by AETIUS 1980 » 30 Jul 2021 20:32

Except a part of the garrison who fought within Wn 08, the rest of the crew members were in Wn 15/15b, fighting against the leading elements of Lord Lovat unit. After a short firefight shortly before noon, they were overwhelmed.
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Re: What happened to the guns of 1./HKK 1260

Post by Sheldrake » 30 Jul 2021 21:59

AETIUS 1980 wrote:
30 Jul 2021 20:32
Except a part of the garrison who fought within Wn 08, the rest of the crew members were in Wn 15/15b, fighting against the leading elements of Lord Lovat unit. After a short firefight shortly before noon, they were overwhelmed.
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But what happened to the guns themselves? Any photos?

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Re: What happened to the guns of 1./HKK 1260

Post by AETIUS 1980 » 31 Jul 2021 11:37

As for the exhibits, no mention is made on June 23 in the report drawn up by the 716.Inf.Div on the events of June 6. If the actions taken in the early hours are cited, there is no mention of a grouping of 15.5 cm guns set back from the lines. We can therefore logically say that because of their weight, the absence of tractors and especially the appearance of enemy troops on the edge of the positions made their destruction compulsory by the servants. In a report drawn up by a British commission the day after the landing on the state of the German defenses, there is no mention of the status of the guns. Absence does not mean non-existent, it is perhaps their deplorable state that made a visit to Wn 15a unnecessary.
As a reminder, the last mention relating to 1./H.K.A. A. 1260 is linked to the capture of two of its servants on June 12, south-east of Ouistreham, proof of a certain pugnacity of its members.

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