The Atlantic WallLONGUES-SUR-MER Calvados - 8 km north of Bayeux
Longues-sur-Mer is the only coastal defence battery on theLanding Beaches to be classed as a « Historical Monument. »
Situated west of Arromanches-les-Bains in Normandy, Longues-sur-Mer overlooked the ocean from the top of a 65 meters height cliff, a perfect position where the Germans had installed a four 150 mm guns battery.
On 6 June 1944, at 5:30 am several allied battle ships opened fire on the battery. When the Allied Armada was on sight, the German heavy guns striked back.
The HMS Ajax concentrated his fire on the German battery at one kilometre range. The battery stopped bombing a short time, but fire started again and the position shelled the Landing ships until 5 pm.
The crew of the battery (184 men, half of them over 40 years old) surrendered to the 231st Infantry Brigade the 7 June 1944.