These 44 Pictures Of The German Side Show What The Allies Were Up Against On D-Day

 
Schwerste deutsche Küstenbatterie in Bereitschaft. Aufnahme: OT-Kriegsberichter Maier
 
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In June 1944, the Western-Allies had a tough test to pass. They had to breach the formidable Atlantic Wall, defended by the mighty German army.

Even though it was just a mere shadow of its former self – the Russians had seen to that – it was still one of the best-trained armies in the world and the success of the Allied landings was by no means a sure thing.

In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the German side of D-Day. Not many pictures were taken by the Germans on June 6th, so we had to use images from the period before and after the landings.

It will give a good idea of the strength of the enemy that the Allies faced in their struggle to retake Normandy and then the rest of Western Europe from Nazi German occupation.

The Atlantic Wall

Aerial view of German beach defenses. Normandy, summer, 1944 (Image).
Aerial view of German beach defenses. Normandy, summer, 1944.
Beach fortifications with barber wire and tank traps. Northern France, 1944 (Image).
Beach fortifications with barbed wire and tank traps. Northern France, 1944. Photo Credit.
Rommel observes the fall of shot at Riva-Bella, just north of Caen in the area that would become Sword Beach in Normandy (Image).
Rommel observes the fall of shot at Riva-Bella, just north of Caen in the area that would become Sword Beach in Normandy. Photo Credit.
Czech hedgehog on the beach near Calais, Northern France and Field Marchall Rommel during inspection of defenses.
Czech hedgehogs on the beach near Calais, Northern France. Photo Credit.
Such anti-tank obstacles were all over shores in France/Belgium (Image)
Such anti-tank obstacles were all over shores in France and Belgium. Photo Credit.
German Soldier on a watch. Common view on beaches of the Atlantic Wall, 1944 (Image).
A German Soldier on a watch. A common sight on beaches of the Atlantic Wall, 1944. Photo Credit.
One of the many propaganda photographs of Rommel on inspection tours of the Atlantic wall (Image).
One of the many propaganda photographs of Rommel on inspection tours of the Atlantic wall. Photo Credit.
German soldiers in northern France, 1944 (Image)
German soldiers in northern France, 1944. Photo Credit.

Bunkers and Radars

German MG42 machine gun bunker at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France - 1944 (Image).
German MG42 machine gun bunker at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France – 1944.
The British Army in North-west Europe 1944-45 A soldier poses next to one of the German coastal guns captured by the Canadians at Cap Gris Nez, 1 October 1944.
The British Army in North-west Europe 1944-45 A soldier poses next to one of the German coastal guns captured by the Canadians at Cap Gris Nez, 1 October 1944.
Part of the Atlantic Wall. Battery gun during setup, June 1943, Northern France (Image).
Part of the Atlantic Wall. Battery gun during setup, June 1943, Northern France. Photo Credit.
A part of the Atlantic Wall in Northern France, 1944 (Image).
A part of the Atlantic Wall in Northern France, 1944. Photo Credit.
A German MG34 medium machine gun emplacement. Photo Credit.
A German MG34 medium machine gun emplacement. Photo Credit.
Allied Soldiers Do Laundry in Captured German Pillbox (Image).
Allied Soldiers Doing the Laundry in a Captured German Pillbox.
Destroyed German radar Würzburg-Riese on beach in Normandy (Image).
Damaged German radar near the beach in Normandy.

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