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THE GERMAN DEFENSES

This gallery is housed in one of the original German bunkers that defended Utah beach on D-Day. Known as “WN5,” the strongpoint was a part of the famous Atlantic Wall, the defensive system constructed under the supervision of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel beginning in February 1943 to protect against a possible landing of Allied troops in Europe. Stretching from Norway to Spain, the Atlantic wall was made up of a series of fortifications and bunkers and was defended by extensive minefields and miles of trenches and barbed wires. Many remnants of the Atlantic Wall can still be visited around the Museum.

Arthur Jahnke, a 23-year old lieutenant, was responsible for the defense of the WN5 with his 75 men. On the morning of June 6, 1944, they would be the first defenders that the Allied forces would confront.

This exhibit features German weapons and military equipment from the Utah Beach sector, as well as everyday objects used by the German soldiers. Visitors can also discover a rare wire-guided “Goliath” miniature tank found by American troops at Utah Beach.

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