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Fully Intact German Strongpoint At Omaha Beach

Fully Intact German Strongpoint At Omaha Beach

In this video, we are going to look at WN60, resistance point 60 at Omaha Beach. This one is very special because it is almost completely intact and not spoiled by graffiti or trash.

Widestandsnest 60 was built on the eastern edge of Omaha beach, overlooking the Fox Green section of the invasion beach. It featured 3 tobruks bunkers which contained mortars, one tobruk with a tank turret and a 7.5 cm gun. On top of that there were multiple machine gun positions for the feared MG42.

The location of WN60 is in the red square, click for a larger version.

On the morning of D-Day, between 06:30 and 07:00 two companies, I and L of the 16th Infantry Regiment landed, by mistake, at the bottom of the cliff. This turned out to be a good spot to land because it turned out to be mostly sheltered from the Germans. At 08:00 the first troops had moved up the bluff following an unguarded path and they attacked the potion from the rear.

At 09:00, after a fierce battle, the Americans had prevailed and 31 Germans had been taken prisoner. This became the first German strongpoint to be captured by the Americans.

In this video, we are going to explore the position and discover how much has remained.

By Joris

My name is Joris Nieuwint and I will be your tour guide! Please allow me to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about what I've been doing over the past years. For the past 10 years I've been living in Veghel, and before that, I've lived in Arnhem for almost two decades. Living so close to the battlefields meant that Operation Market Garden always had my interest and I've been studying the battles for all those years. Sharing what I've learned over the years has been my passion and becoming a tour guide was one of my dreams. Keeping the sacrifices of these men alive by telling their stories and showing the locations where it happened is my greatest passion.

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