Batterie Moltke

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Details

5./HKAR 1265
4 x K 418(f) 155 mm Canon de 155 GPF
12.5-mile range

Located at the south of Les Landes. Originally planned to be 'Marinebatterie 1' armed with four 15cm SK c/28 guns in revolving turrets. Four fortress type gun emplacements were built to house these, but the guns never made it to Jersey. Older 15.5cm French GPF field guns were used instead.

Batterie Moltke was designed for 4 15cm Naval Artillery Guns that never arrive. The Germans instead use four 155mm Captured French Artillery guns “Canon de 155 Grande Puissance Filloux” (GPF) designated by the Germans as the “K 418(f)”. These four guns arrived on the Island in early 1941 and two were placed Near Corbiere and two at Batterie Moltke. In 1943 all four are reunited at Moltke to complete the four gun Batterie.

Gun Specification

Weight: 13,000 kg (28,660 lbs)
Barrel length: 5.915 m (20 ft) L/38.2
Shell: separate-loading, cased charge. 43 kg (95 lb)
Caliber: 155 mm (6.10 in)
Recoil: 1.8m 10° to 1.1 28°
Carriage: split trail
Elevation: 0° to +35°
Traverse: 60°
Rate of fire: 2 rpm
Velocity: 735 m/s (2,411 ft/s)
Range: 12.5 Miles

Numbers 

Planned 106 Personnel (Actual 100)

 
German Record Details

4x 15,5 cm Kan. 418 (f)
2x s.M.G
3x l..M.G
1x 150 Scheinwerfer
3x Pz. Drehturmem M.G.
14x Flammenwerfer
Minefield

 
Weapons and Equipment

Four 15.5cm K418(f) Field guns in open positions.
Three 3.7cm Flak emplacements
150cm Searchlight named 'Artur'.
Three MG311(f) in Renault FT17 tank Turrets.
One 3.7cm Pak 36 Anti-tank gun
Four fortress standard gun emplacements
Four reinforced open emplacements
Four type M151 personnel shelters
Five type 512 ammunition bunkers

 
Objective and Function (translated)

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