Some of the heavy German shells falling on Sword Beach during the morning of D-Day came from 10. Batterie Artillerie-Regiment 1716 at Plumetot, 3 km inland. After the battery, consisting of 155mm guns mounted on captured French Lorraine Schlepper chassis, had lost contact with its forward observer soon after dawn, its commander, Leutnant Rudolf Schaaf, ordered the guns to fire on predetermined beach exit areas. Around 1000, Schaaf suddenly received orders to counter-attack towards Lion-Sur-Mer with infantry of the Grenadier-Regiment 736, 716. Infanterie-Division – a “static” division mostly made up of middle-aged men.