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"German Dummy Coastal Positions" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A single paragraph report on German dummy coastal defense positions in Normandy, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 51, October 1944.

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Dummy and alternate emplacements, common in German defense systems, were found among the coastal defenses on the Norman coast. Rough logs, covered with camouflage netting. simulated big guns in the dummy positions. In attempting to mislead Allied naval gunfire, the Germans used not only the dummy guns for deception, but moved coastal real guns out of open, concrete emplacements and casemates to open emplacements hidden in hedgerows about 1½ miles from their original positions.


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