Kriegsmarine and DDay (1944)

Oct 2015
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They tried.

The nite of 5-6 June torpedo boats and MTBs from Le Havre attacked allied screening forces and sank the Norwegian destroyer Svenner. Other MTBs from Cherbourg sank an LST but two were sunk and others damaged.

On the nite of the 7-8th MTBs from Boulogne sank 2 LSTs. Several German boats were damaged.

On the nite of 8-9 June four German destroyers sortied from Brest for the invasion area, but were intercepted by Allied destroyers and two were sunk.

Several other attacks by German torpedo boats and MTBs 9-24 June were frustrated by allied light forces, mines and fighter-bombers.

At least 43 U-Boats tried to intervene from the Biscay ports but 14 were sunk and others damaged by aircraft and surface ships. They sank an LST, a frigate, a trawler and 7 freighters.
 
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Oct 2015
804
Virginia
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I erred, Svenner was sunk the nite of 6-7 June vice 5-6. These attacks were carried out by the German 4th, 5th, 9th and 2d MTB Flotillas, 5th TB flotilla and 8th Destroyer flotilla
 
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Oct 2015
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Some of the U-Boats that tried to attack the invasion fleet came from Norway rather than the Biscay bases.

Also 5-8 July forty Kriegsmarine "Small Battle Units" (essentially piloted torpedoes) made two attacks on the allied forces supplying the beachead, sinking three British minesweepers and damaging the Polish manned cruiser Dragon, but suffering heavy losses.
 
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Jul 2009
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As mentioned by Dentatus, they did what they could. However, by 1944 there wasn't much left of the Kriegsmarine. There had not been that much of it before, as least the surface units.
 
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Since this thread is new, and someone might look at it (;)), what does anyone think about a thread in Military History on the fleets and deployments of the four European naval powers at the beginning of Sept., 1939? Great Britain; France; Italy; Germany are what come to mind. The USSR was not a factor, and was not included in the post-WW I treaties.

A lot of that would include the "Treaty Navies" from 1922 to 1936, and the newer construction and commissioning up to the beginning of the war. This seems like a good comparison date as most everyone's construction was halted - or curtailed - on the outbreak of war.

There could be a separate thread on the USN and IJN for the same relative period, but to Dec., 1941.
 
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