Ever wonder what a naval bombardment can do to bunkers?

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Korbius
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Ever wonder what a naval bombardment can do to bunkers?

Post by Korbius » 25 May 2003 13:15

Point du Hoc. Utah sector

14 in. guns from battleships and other warships bombarded this section heavily, because there were 155mm howitzers in the bunkers by this area which could threaten the landing crafts on D-Day, so this was an objective to be captured by the Rangers who landed below the place and had to use hooks and a stolen british firefighter's ladder to climb the 15-20 metres before they could get to the bunkers.


A naval shell blew up an ammo bunker and a huge crater was created as you can see on the right side where there are concrete pieces all around
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More craters from the naval and air bombardment

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Post by varjag » 26 May 2003 13:28

Korbius - there's no doubt about the efficiency of batteship guns against bunkers. IF THEY HIT THEM. I visited Point de Hoc many years ago - and the bunkers were then still standing - WITH all of the craters amongst them. Battling shore emplacements with ships-guns is a notoriously difficult task. I understand that the Rangers - performed their difficult task only to find that 'the nest was empty'.

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Post by Korbius » 26 May 2003 16:35

varjag wrote: I understand that the Rangers - performed their difficult task only to find that 'the nest was empty'.


Only to have the luck strike on them, finding the cannons 2 miles further inland :D

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