– The Germans succeeded in getting two guns working again
The Germans proved the importance attached to the Merville battery, they reoccupied It.
The Germans reoccupied the Merville battery on the afternoon of 6th June.
Sergeant Major Buskotte, having emerged from his command bunker where he had remained since the attack by the 9th Battalion, said that the guns were repairable. They succeeded in getting the howitzers of casemates 1 and 2 back in service. Although they were able to fire, the guns were not capable of their normal rate of fire (6 rounds per minute).
The guns could just about manage to fire one round each every ten minutes. The Merville battery gave the German command the ability to fire two rounds every ten minutes from that location.
The invasion continued nonetheless because the capability of the battery was a fraction of what it was before the attack of the 9th Battalion.
No 3 Commando would again silence the guns of Merville during the afternoon of 7th June.
– The 3 Commando and the second taking of the battery.
Another assault on the Merville battery was necessary.
It was the men of No 3 Commando who would fight to retake the Merville battery.
On the morning of 7th June, as the 9th Battalion were heading to Le Plain on their next phase, artillery shell began to fall on the beach at Ouistreham Riva-Bella, Sword Beach. The British Headquarters thought that this could come only from the Merville battery, and ordered a second attack.
Led by Lieutenant Colonel Peter Young, the attack went in at midday. At the cost of many casualties, and having held on doggedly, the German guns were once again silenced. No 3 Commando penetrated into the casemates. The battery had fallen once more. The Commando withdrew.