NORMANDY – AZEVILLE- La Batterie d’Azeville

Situated 4 kilometers in the hinterland, on the east coast of the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, the German coastal battery – Stützpunkt 133 – had a 170 men garrison, and four blockhouses with 105 mm heavy guns. Officially named 2nd Battery of the Heeres-Küsten-Artillerie-Regiments 1261. On 6 June 1944, it was unsuccessful in repulsing the Allied Forces landing on Utah Beach; indeed, the guns were at their maximal range. In the evening of 7 June, the 4th American Infantry Division was pinned down by Azeville and Crisbecq-Saint-Marcouf defenses. On 8 June, the assaults of the 22nd Regimental Combat Team broke against battery of Azeville. In the meantime, at the request of commander Ohmsen, Azeville battery opened fire on the Crisbecq blockhouses, to drive back American infantry penetrations. However, Azeville was encircled and shelled. Then on June 9, 1944, one blockhouse was attacked with a flame thrower. After the flame thrower attack, which blew the ammunition of the one casemate, the whole garrison surrendered.

Features

  • Coin Alloy Name: brass
  • Coin Alloy Color: gold
  • Coin Diameter: 32
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: smooth
  • City: NORMANDY - AZEVILLE
  • Country: France
  • Available: yes
  • Location: NORMANDY - AZEVILLE, France