We are working hard towards the completion of our story covering the battle of the cross channel guns in September 1944. This must have been quite a spectacle to witness; with the German batteries at Noire Mottes, Haringzelles and Framezelle, 11 guns- firing shells onto Dover & Folkestone despite the advancing Canadian army moving up from Boulogne trying to capture them. Our four main heavy guns commanded by both the Royal Marine Siege Regiment and the 540th Coastal Artillery Regiment, did terrific work in sending shells back by return! This cross channel pounding covered some 24 miles in range with our 14 & 15 inch shells hitting the German casemates and putting out of action Turm Bruno at Lindemann and Turm 3 at Battery Todt. The Germans would lob 11 massive shells over at us in salvo and we would return the complement by lobbing back 4 of our own in salvo. We were outgunned but on the whole the more accurate in shooting. While the German Batteries largely remain albeit in various states of ruin there is virtually nothing left to show where once our great coastal guns roared. More coming shortly on completion of our research and a new page added to this website.
Steve is a retired photography teacher and now works as a military historian while living in East Sussex, England.