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Intercepted D-Day+1 Messages from the 7 June 1944

Fri, 7 Jun 2019
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TOI 23.02 GMT
From: KARL
To:

Ambulance no longer required. ((rest corrupt)).


TOI 23.14 GMT
From: KARL
To:

Left ST. VAAST with 4 boats at 0040.


TOI 23.36 GMT
From: WINTER
To:

Boats are labouring in heavy beam sea, no use of armament. Request orders.


TOI 23.37 GMT
From: GRUPPE WEST
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. Ref. W/T message 2327: Own aircraft out again from 0230. Same route.


TOI 23.48 GMT
From:
To: SOMMER

Report situation.


TOI 00.02 GMT
From:
To:

HAXTHAUSEN reports: Laying impossible owing to high cross sea. Shall be off DIEPPE at 0?30. Request orders.


TOI 00.07 GMT
From: S. O. 8th Z-Flotilla
To: 3rd Defence Division, V 715’s group

MOST IMMEDIATE. Shall not be at Point 334 until about 0300.


TOI 00.10 GMT
From: NORDT
To:

‘BLITZ 19’ according to plan.


TOI 00.18 GMT
From: M ((4)) 610
To:

(L/T W/T) At 1555 run-in by 10 ‘THUNDERBOLTS’ from easterly direction on town and harbour of GRANVILLE. Bombs dropped. 2 aircraft shot down, one through direct hit by V214’s 8.8 Cm, one shared with shore flak.


TOI 00.22 GMT
From:
To: HAXTHAUSEN

Turn about. Proceed into port.


TOI 00.28 GMT
From: S.O. S-Boats
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. One S-Boat returning to CHERBOURG with immediate effect via Point 252 at slow speed.


TOI 00.33 GMT
From:
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. HAXTHAUSEN reports: Take care. Own mines 1/2 mile to seaward, and on way ‘KARO’ South of ‘KARO 4’.


TOI 00.42 GMT
From:
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. WOLDMANN reports: Mine adrifft in 5056.2 North, 0138 East.


TOI 00.45 GMT
From:
To: All

2 T-boats, 15 R-Boats left LE HAVRE westbound at 0230.


TOI 00.55 GMT
From: WOLDMANN
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. Renewed fighter-bomber attack, bombs droppped, no casualties.


TOI 00.56 GMT
From:
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. Enemy landing boats square BF 3642. Enemy landing formation in square BF 3563.


TOI 01.07 GMT
From:
To: RALL

The enemy is locating you.


TOI 01.11 GMT
From:
To: RALL

S-Boats ((or M. T. B.s)) operated.


TOI 01.15 GMT
From: KARL
To:

Boats are all operationally effective. In AF 66 forward quadruple out of order.


TOI 01.32 GMT
From: WOLDMANN
To:

Am being attacked by fighter-bombers. Bombs dropped, all in order.


TOI 01.35 GMT
From: GRUPPE WEST
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. Unidentified ship formation in 15 West 3184.


TOI 01.37 GMT
From: Naval Communications Officer CHERBOURG
To:

3 S-Boats arrived CHERBOURG at 0300 and 1 S-Boat at 0010.


TOI 01.43 GMT
From: GRUPPE WEST
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. At 0215 in square BF 3615 large sea target on southerly course. Speed 10 knots.


TOI 01.51 GMT
From:
To:

FISCHER reports: Fighter-bomber attack square BF 3331. Bombs dropped, no casualties.


TOI 02.00 GMT
From:
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. At 0348 bombing attack, probably own aircraft ((message not completed)).


TOI 02.05 GMT
From: HOFFMANN
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. Square BF ((3))683 centre 3 destroyers torpedoed, 2 hits certain.


TOI 02.10 GMT
From: 2nd Defence Division
To: HOFFMANN

Well done.


TOI 02.13 GMT
From: HOFFMANN
To: NOIC LE HAVRE

MOST IMMEDIATE. Request ambulance forthwith.


TOI 02.22 GMT
From: Naval Communications Officer CHERBOURG
To:

2 S-Boats arrived CHERBOURG at 0330 and 4 S-Boats at 0350.


TOI 02.20 GMT
From:
To: MUSER and WINTER

On return passage at least 1 mile to seaward of ‘HERZ’ as far as ‘KARO 4’.


TOI 02.42 GMT
From: Naval Communications Officer BREST
To:

3 destroyers and 2 patrol vessels passed ST. MATHIEU at 0415, inward bound into BREST.


TOI 02.42 GMT
From: NAU
To:

‘BLITZ 25’ according to plan from 4928.4 North, 04.1 West to 4926.6 North, 07.9 West.


TOI 02.50 GMT
From: HOFFMANN
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE Bombing attack at the entrance, miss.


TOI 04.13 GMT
From:
To:

5th and 9th S-Flotillas arrived CHERBOURG by 0600.


TOI 04.42, 05.04, 06.04, 06.16 GMT
From:
To:

Sea Defence Commandant NORMANDY’s morning report. 1) Situation at sea: From 2305 sea-targets off North Coast of COTENTIN on varying courses. Presumably operated against our own movements. On the basis of locations 2 ‘LEUCHTFAECHER’ ((literally ‘LIGHT FANS ‘)) fired, no obervations. No operation of coastal batteies on account of little prospect of success. Single remote locations Northeast of CHERBOURG. Air situation: After air landings at ST. VAAST apparently also sea landings. No further details. Connections with ST. LO interrupted. South of ST> PIERRE EGLISE low-level air attacks. MARCOUF battery: Since yesterday evening no further bombardment from the sea. ‘WN’ in front of battery occupied by the enemy. Shots in North and South battery. One gun still ready to fire. Several units reported at sea, 15 kilometres from the coast. P.T.O. [reverse of page] No reports from VIRE-ORNE. In the afternoon of 6/6 bombing attacks on roadstead and town of GRANVILLE. 2 aircraft shot down. 2) Internal situation: quiet. 3) (MARCOUF)) casualties to date: 12 killed, 21 missing, 53 wounded, of whom 47 in hospital.


TOI 04.43 GMT
From: Admiral CHANNEL
To: Seeko SEINE-SOMME

Report situation.


TOI 03.26 GMT
From: 2nd Defence Division
To: Seeko SEINE-SOMME

Ref. W/T message 2211: Request ammunition be got ready in CHERBOURG.


TOI 03.43 GMT
From:
To: WINTER and MUSER

As far as 2 miles south of ‘KARO 4’ proceed at least 1.5 miles to seaward of ‘HERZ’.


TOI 05.05 GMT
From: NORDT
To:

BLITZ 18′ southwestern half laid out.


TOI 05.12 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To: 2nd Defence Division

Ammunition for A-Boats already laid on.


TOI 05.49 GMT
From: S.O. 5th T-Flotilla
To:

Arrived LE HAVRE with 2 boats at 0445. W/T watch is being maintained. Normal readiness.


TOI 05.50 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. Strong formations of freight-carrying gliders continuously in direction south of ST. VAAST and ISIGNY-CARENTAN area. Parachutists southwest of MARCOUF, 5 to 10 miles distant. Battery 2/1261 in action. Assistance on the way.


TOI 05.56 GMT
From: S. O. 38th M/S Flotilla
To:

Arrived LE HAVRE at 0545 with 11 boats.


TOI 07.35 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. Freight-carrying glider landings in ST. VAAST area not confirmed.


TOI 08.08 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. 2 Battle-cruisers, 2 heavy cruisers, 5 destroyers, 13 torpedo-boats, 6 escort vessels, 10 transports, 1 tanker, 3 large landing craft off the East coast. Freight-carrying gliders are landing in ASERVILLE ((as received)) and RAVENOVILLE area


TOI 08.52 GMT
From: Admiral CHANNEL
To: Seeko NORMANDY, NOIC GRANVILLE

MOST IMMEDIATE. GRUPPE WEST orders that preparations for demolition of GRANVILLE harbour be pushed ahead, as ‘HEERESGRUPPE B’ reports air landing troops in the interior behind GRANVILLE and near COUTANCES.


TOI 08.57 GMT
From: Admiral CHANNEL
To: Seeko NORMANDY

Report MARCOUF’s ammunition stocks immediately.


TOI 08.57 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. On leaving 076 degrees from ‘HAMBURG’ battery 6 large units, 26 kilometres, course North.


TOI 09.02 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. MARCOUF battery is surrounded by parachute riflemen.


TOI 09.07 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. In area of 1261 pockets of resistance from the VIRE estuary to northward have been surrounded by smoke-screens by the enemy. Own batteries are directing harassing fire at them. MARCOUF battery is being fired at from the sea.


TOI 09.43 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. 5 to 6 miles East of BAFLEUR several enemy destroyers and torpedo-boats, course southwest.


TOI 09.59 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. 2/126 ((1)) fired at concentration of shipping East of ST. MARTIN. Boats destroyed, whereupon warships fired at the battery. The battery ceased fire. Boats again closed the coast. Air spotters are directing fire.


TOI 10.46 GMT
From: Location Report Collecting Centre NORMANDY
To: Location H.Q.

Situation: remaining men of PERNELLE have been withdrawn to neighbouring battery by order of Sea Defence Commandant. Demolition party has been left behind. Salvage of working parts is being attempted. Location report collecting centre is keeping watch on wave ‘JU’.


TOI 11.09 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

Equipment (‘AUSSTATTUNG’) of MARCOUF. Battery 740 rounds.


TOI 15.15, 15.29, 15.40 GMT
From:
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. Sea Defence Commandant NORMANDY sends evening report: Commander of 243rd Infantry Division is in command of 3 divisions in the COTENTIN peninsula. Strong naval forces reported off the Eastern side are shelling the coast. Single formations of landing boats with destroyers, torpedo-boats and cruisers are proceeding northwards. MARCOUF battery has changed hands several times, is at the moment once more in our possession. Blowing up of guns after encirclement. Own formation(s) in operation against landing area northwest of the VIRE estuary. Southern edge of MARCOUF village reached. MERE EGLISE cleared of the enemy. Counter-attacks near CAEN successful. Enemy if using smoke. Air situation: until 1330 aircraft flying over west and north of the VIRE estuary and from GRANVILLE as P.T.O. [reverse of page] far as East of COUTANCES. It is reported that air activity has decreased. Parachute landings in the COUTANCES are not confirmed. ((1 group)) situation: No connection with VIRE-ORNE area. 2) Internal situation quiet. 3) One of the IRON CROSSES (2nd class) awarded to Commander of MARCOUF, the other decorations at the disposal of battery commander. No new casualties.


TOI 18.18, 18.16, 19.30 GMT
From:
To:

GRUPPE WEST reports: After mopping up of several bridgeheads by counter-attack focal point of enemy landing is in the area from HOULGATE as far as ARROMANCHES to a depth of up to 12 kilometres. Further west as far as the VIRE estuary only narrow coastal s trip or unimportant landing places near ST. PIERRE and GRANCAMP. Fairly large air landings on the South Side of COTENTIN south of AZEVILLE. Countermeasures are in part meeting with visible success. Following successes against enemy landing fleet and supplies: 1) In daring attack by 5th T-Flotilla 2 destroyers torpedoed; 5th and 9th S-Flotillas each sank a large landing boat. 2) Mining successes: 3 landing craft. 3) MARCOUF battery sank one cruiser or destroyer and caused one landing boat to blow up. Enemy boats successfully engaged by coastal batteries while landing. Landing P.T.O. [reverse of page] boat damaged off LE HAVRE, crew disembarked waving white flag. 4) 9th and 10th FLIEGERKORPS operated with bombs, torpedoes and mines. Gratifying results.


TOI 20.46, 21.05, 21.12, 21.18 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To: Admiral CHANNEL

MOST IMMEDIATE. Evening report: 1) RAVENOVILLE bridgehead very strong resistance, about 4 American divisions. MERE EGLISE given up again. 3/1261, which has been withdrawn, is firing at stationary cruiser. At 2030 bombing attack on 4/1261. Presume connection with attack on QUINEVILLE area announced in English ((2 groups)). Bombardment of coast in that area during the day may indicate night ladnings in connection therewith. One ‘CAROLINA’ battleship 25 kilometres East of BARFLEUR. Battery 7/1261 only ready for action with 2 guns owing to material defect, and there is a danger of these two probably dropping out for the same reason. Both guns out in the open withdrawn [reverse of page] today for operation in the endangered area of the VIRE estuary. From 2000 onwards low-flying aircraft in the CARENTAN area. Number of soldiers at MARCOUF fit for operations 137. Battery was shelled by ships’ guns from 0700 to 1800. After failure of guns, commander of MARCOUF battery under the orders of the Army. No connection with VIRE-ORNE. ST. MALO, GRANVILLE nothing new. 2) Internal situation quiet. 3) men of Italian Naval Corps bad. they are throwing away their belts and weapons. Strong measures ordered.

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