Sicherungsstellung Nord
 - The WW1 German Northern Front in the Southern Jutland, Denmark. 1916-1920.

 

 


 To the start
 
 Sønderballe Nord.
 
 Sønderballe By
 
 Hovgaard
 
 Hoptrup
 
 Hoptrup Mark
 
 Persillegade
 
 Skovby
 
 Pothøj
 
 Abkær
 
 Torsbjerg
 
 Sjællandshus øst
 
 Sjællandshus vest
 
 Hyrup
 
 Hyrup Vest
 
 Hyrup Skov
 
 Hyrup Vestermark
 
 Pughøj
 
 Kirkehøj
 
 Allerup Krat
 
 Hønning
 
 Højbjerg
 
 Arrild
 
 Øster Gasse
 
 Gasse Høje
 
 Hjemsted
 
 
 

     Fortress-scandinavia



 


 
 The Light and Medium Batteries.

 There was a number of different guns present at the defence line. From 7,7 cm field guns  to 15 cm field haubits and naval guns.
 The Guns that came from the army artillery guns from the navy and coastal defence. Gunners form the  army and gunners from
 the navy.
 It is possible that occupied guns had been used. The Defence Line was reserve, and therefore it didn't  get the modern guns.
 They  were sendt to the Western  and the Eastern Fronts. 
 We know for sure, that in one occation occupied guns has been used (Beutekanonen). At at least one battery Frensh guns from
 Schneider-Canet has been used. Beside France, only Denmark had guns like these, and the Danish guns were at the time placed
 outside Copenhagen.    
 On several occations we meet guns that has been taken out of the old Kiel Forts as Herwarth, Röepsdorff, Höhe and Freienfelde.
 Forts from the late 19th century and from an artillery point of view, old and useless.

 


           
       Clip: Firing the 7,7 cm field gun

 In general there was great need for artillery. The number of men in the Imperial Army was doubled 6 times, which meant radical
 changes in the organisation. From 669 to 2300 infantry battallions and from 642 to 2900 field artillery batallions.
 Initially the Army-Corps (two infantry divisions and a artillery brigade) were the biggest unit. Later the division became the largest
 unit (one infantry brigade, an artilley command of a size fit to the task and a heavy artillery batallion.)
 In order to arm all the new artilley units, the batteries went from 6 to 4 guns. Also occupied guns were used. It is most lightly, that
 occupied guns has been used in the Defence Line in Jutland which, after all, was secondary. 
 
 It seems, that new artillery units were formed when guns for them were available.