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    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
    As I suggested before, what the Germans needed to defeat an amphibious assault would be a means to defeat the naval forces off shore. Short of having a navy to do that, which wasn't going to happen, the next best thing would have been coastal defense guns in good fortifications that could engage the heaviest ships in the Allied navies off shore with a good chance of serious damage.
    That would have meant 250mm (10") or larger weapons emplaced in sufficient number (say a total of 12 to 18 guns minimum) that could survive an initial bombardment and engage the enemy thereafter.
    That would be quite a project to provide that many heavy cannon for the Atlantic Wall

    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
    A secondary system that would have helped considerably would be batteries of very heavy mortars on the scale of 300mm + in size to bombard the beaches themselves.
    Ditto. A hell of a lot of cannon to provide.

    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
    The Germans should have also made extensive use of wire in their off-shore anti-boat obstacles to slow a low tide landing like the Allies actually did. This would have given the defense more time to chop up the landing troops.
    They were suposed to, but ran out of wire at the start. What was available was concentrated near the resistance nests. There is also a technical problem with tide & currents wrecking ordinary wire barriers. Heavy anchors have to be used instead of common posts.

    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post

    Lots of sea mines off shore would have been useful too. These would slow the invasion as they would have to be swept before a landing could occur.
    They were deployed. There was a extensive set of minefields, a few of which were not identified and swept before the attack. What is really bad from the German PoV is the large minesweeping effort was not spotted. the Germans made contact with a few ships in the channel, but did not grasp these were part of a large 'clearing' fleet in advance of the invasion fleet.


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