Friday, August 20, 2010

Courseulles-sur-Mer ...

... map Courseulles-sur-Mer ...
source: infoboard  
... DD - Duplex Drive tank ... (EN)
... nicknamed Donald Duck tanks), were a type of amphibious swimming
  tank developed by the British during the Second World War...
... the Duplex Drive Tank had a waterproof chassis fitted
with collapsibile canvas screen and rubber tubes inflated
with air. It was moved through the water by two propellors
at the rear, and on reaching shore reverted  to a normal tank ...
source: infoboard
... at 07.30 hours 6th June 1944, the 6th Canadian Armoured
 Regiment (First Hussars)in support of
the 7th Canadian Infantry  
 Brigade of the 3rd
Canadian Infantry Division, assaulted and
overpowered enemy defences between Courseulles-sur-Mer

and Bernières-sur-Mer ...
... This tank recovered from the sea nearly 27 years after
 launching, is dedicated by the First Hussars, to memory
 of all who participated in this operation ....

source: infoboard
... german anti-tank gun 5 cm KwK 39 L/60
... a "Tobrouk" it has been put of use in the morning of the 6th of June,
probably alone of this type on the landings sites and inexorably doomed
to the marine corrosion. It has been treated and restored early 1994...
source: infoboard
... german anti-tank gun 5 cm KwK 39 L/60 
 (5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 39 L/60)
bore: 50 mm - range: 6500 m
Manufactured by: Rheinmetall-Borsig AG (Düsseldorf) in 1942

Improvised defensive gun, initially designed for arming tanks.
It belongs to a set of a dozen artillery units of different bores.
It  is a very important element of the historical heritage
of Courseulles-sur-Mer relating to the 1939-1944 conflict
source: infoboard 
... Maison de la Mer / Place Charles de Gaulle ...
... estuary of the River Seulles ...

... Courseulles-sur-Mer ... (EN)
... more than 14,000 Canadians stormed the 8 km stretch of beach
 between Graye-sur-Mer and St. Aubin-sur-Mer on 6th June 1944 ...