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Artillery units
Group 5
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Now we are entering the area of the utterly north army corps, the LXII. The territory was re-named Armee-Abteilung-Narvik, CO: General der Gebirgstruppen Jodl. The LXII corps CO was Gen.lt Freiherr von Mauchenheim. Gen. Bechtolsheim at Setermoen had the command of a small part of this area. The navy CO was Admiral der Norwegischen Polarküste, Adm. Machens. HQ: Finnsnes

First territorialabscnitt Drag, commanded by I.D 230, CO: Gen.maj Pamberg. Seekommandant Narvik, Kpt.z-See Schulze-Hinrichs, army artillery CO: Oberst Achenbach. (both HQ: Narvik) He commanded Kommandant Vestfjord, and Art.ob.gr Lödingen, MAR 30. CO: Kapt.z.See Babel. HQ: Lödingen
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ARTILLERIEOBERGRUPPE LÖDINGEN

Art.ob.gr Lödingen, MAR 30.
Formed in Harstad, Norway in Apr 44. Moved to Lödingen winter 44, and controlled all MAA’s and Marine-Flak units in the area. It consisted of three artillery groups:

ARTILLERIEGRUPPE VESTFJORD

Art. Gr.Vestfjord, MAA 516.
Ready in Aug 42. CO: Korv.kpt Rettinghaus, HQ: Engelöy

MKB 1/ 516 Skraaven (Skrova)
Equipped with 4 x 15 cm Uto C/16 L/45 guns, range 16 000 m. Ready in Oct 40. This battery, by an accident, destroyed the Norwegian civil steamer ”Vestvaagöy” in February 1941.

MKB 4/ 516 “Dietl”
Equipped with 3 x 40,6 cm SKC/34 heavy guns, range 56 000 m. Ready in Aug 43. Designed as “Fernkampfbatterie”. (“Distant battle battery”)

MKB 5/ 516 Stranden
Equipped with 4 x 15 cm SKC/28 guns, range 22 000 m. Ready in Aug 43.

MKB 7/ 516 Vaag
Equipped with 4 x 10,5 cm K331(f) guns, range 12 000 m. Equipment came from MKB 5/514. Never operational.

MKB 8/ 516 Gjervik
Equipped with 4 x 10,5 cm K331(f) guns, range 12 000 m. Equipment came from HKB 3/478. Never 100% operational.

During the building of the 40,6 cm batterie Dietl, there was a battery placed there for protection: MKB Engelöy II, with 3 x 21 cm K39/40, range 30 000 m. Ready in Dec 42, moved to Stavanger in Feb 44.
 
 

ARTILLERIEGRUPPE KORSNES

Art.gr.Korsnes, HKAA V/ 973
CO: Hauptmann Kaldenberg, HQ: Storjord

HKB 61/ 973 Tysnes ( 944 ) 
Equipped with 4 x 10,5 cm K331(f) guns, range 12 000 m. Ready in July 41.

HKB 62/ 973 Korsnes ( 898 )
Equipped with 4 x 10,5 cm K331(f) guns, range 12 000 m. Ready in May 41.

HKB 63/ 973 Sörkil ( 899 )
Equipped with 4 x 10,5 cm K331(f) guns, range 12 000 m. Ready in May 41.

HKB 64/ 973 Innhavet ( 945 )
Equipped with 4 x 10,5 cm K331(f) guns, range 12 000 m. Ready in June 41.
 
 

ARTILLERIEGRUPPE OFOTFJORD

Art.gr.Ofotfjord
Commanded by MKB 3/ 516 Lödingen.

MKB 2/ 516 Tjeldöy
Equipped with 4 x 15 cm SKL/40 C/97, range 16 000 m. Ready in Nov 44.

MKB 3/ 516 Lödingen
Equipped with 4 x 30,5 cm L/30 Bofors guns, range 19 000 m. Also equipped with a 15 cm flare gun. Ready in May 42. At the end of the war, it was reinforced with 4 x 8,8 cm Flak 37 from MKB 4/513 Vardö.

MKB 6/ 516
Was the name of two torpedo batteries, one at Porsöy, the other at Korshamn. Had 1 x 52 cm twin tubes for German Gv7 torpedoes. Replaced in Sept 44 with triple tubes for G7N torpedoes.
 
 

ARTILLERIEGRUPPE NARVIK

Art.gr.Narvik, HKAA III/ 973
CO: Maj. Külby, HQ: Framnes

HKB 31/ 973 Evenestangen ( 583 )
Equipped with 3 x 21 cm Mrs 18 guns, range 16 000 m. Ready in June 41.

HKB 32/ 973 Tjelneset ( 584 )
Equipped with 3 x 21 cm Mrs 18 guns, range 16 000 m. Ready in June 41.

HKB 33/ 973 Öyjordneset ( 932 )
Equipped with 4 x 10,5 cm K331(f), range 12 000 m. Originally an army field artillery unit, deployed to coastal defence in June 41.

HKB 34/ 973 Rombakken ( 878 )
Equipped with 6 x 15,5 cm sFH414(f) guns, range 11 000 m. Ready in June 41.

HKB 35/ 973 Saltvikneset ( 561 )
Equipped with 4 x 10,5 cm K331(f), range 12 000 m. Ready in June 41.

HKB 36/ 973 Framnes (MKB 3/ 511 )
Equipped with 4 x 12 cm L/44 Armstrong guns, removed from Norwegian armoured vessels. Ready in Sept 40.

HKB 37/ 973 Ramnes (24/ 972 )
Equipped with 4 x 10,5 cm K331(f), range 12 000 m. Not 100 %  operational in 1945.

MKB 2/ 516 Ramstad
Part of battery 2/516 Tjeldöy. Had 2 x 10,5 cm guns, range 7 000 m. These were ex-Norwegian, and originally placed there in 1916.

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