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Old 08-03-2018, 03:36 PM   #7
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The only German high-command officer, who responded correctly to the coming invasion, was Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt. Two hours before the landings began, Von Rundstedt ordered the 2 available reserve panzer divisions, the 12th SS Panzer and Panzer Lehr, to move to Caen.
I was obviously too naive to believe that a high German officer was actually fighting against the Allied forces...

On 1 June 1944 at 9 p.m. - the BBC broadcasts the first 3 lines of a poem of Verlaine, which is a message to the French resistance that the invasion is planned within 15 days.
German intelligence officer Hellmuth Meyer understands its meaning, because a member of the French resistance had told the Germans. Meyer informs Admiral Canaris, head of the German counter intelligence.
The only action taken is to put the 15th army on alert, note that on 6 June an excercise was scheduled...
The Germans could have also alerted the 7th army, but maybe they had better things to do...

To delay finding out about the invasions both Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe patrols were canceled.

June 5, at 9:15 p.m. (CET) - the second part of the Verlaine message is transmitted, which means that the invasion will begin within 48 hours.
Meyer immediately warns the head of the 15th Army General Hans von Salmuth, but the 7th Army is still not alerted, because Gerd von Rundstedt doesn’t want to ruin D-day...
General Gunther Blumentritt supposedly said it was ridiculous that the Allies would announce the day of the invasion by radio

Between 0:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. (6 June) - massive amounts of paratroopers land in Normandy.
The German communication is disrupted which should have alerted the Germans.

At 2:06 a.m. - Colonel Hamann, acting commander of the 709th Division, calls Saint-Lô and reports enemy paratroopers near Sainte-Mere-Eglise.
At 2:11 a.m. - the 716th tells Hamann that paratroopers have landed east of the Orne, near Caen. Because of the massive scale, they’re convinced that the invasion has begun.

At 2:40 a.m. - at his headquarters in Paris, Marshal Von Rundstedt studies the many reports from Normandy that the radar screens are covered with hundreds of beeps.
That was even before Adolf Hitler went to sleep...

Just before 3 a.m. - Cherbourg naval station reports to general Pemsel that radar and sonar have detected vessels in the Bay of Seine (between Cherbourg and Le Havre).

At 3:12 a.m. - General Max Pemsel, Chief of Staff of the 7th army, informs Chief of Staff of Army Group B Hans Speidel:
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Engine noises audible from the sea, on the east coast of the Cotentin. Admiral, Channel coast, reports naval vessels offshore Cherbourg, by radar.
At 3:14 a.m. - the commander of the coastal troops is informed that naval units have been detected 11 km from Grandcamp.

At 4:30 a.m. - after waiting more than 2 hours until Hitler has gone to bed, Von Rundstedt finally requests 2 panzer divisions. He is blocked by General Alfred Jodl, who will wait until Hitler wakes up.

At 6:15 a.m. - Max Speidel informs General Max Pemsel about massive aerial and naval bombardments.
At 6:45 a.m. - Pemsel reports to Von Rundstedt's HQ that landings have begun.

The 716th Division was reportedly only at half its normal strenght with approximately 4000 men.
Of the 726th regiment only 360 of the 725 men were present: http://hitler-the-jew-and-the-faked-...ed-too-22.html
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