||This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. (May 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
|Died||11 June 2002
|Unit||352nd Infantry Division|
He was credited in the movie The Longest Day, a film about the D-Day invasion, with being the first German officer who saw the Allied invasion fleet on 6 June 1944, heading toward their landing zone at Omaha Beach. Oberleutnant (M.A.) Walter Ohmsen, commander of the Crisbecq Battery, was also credited with being the first to discover the Allied invasion fleet through the battery rangefinder. However, Heinrich "Hein" Severloh, a German machine gunner on Omaha Beach that day, wrote in his book WN62: A German Soldier's Memories of the Defence of Omaha Beach, Normandy, June 6, 1944 that Pluskat was not with his unit the day of the invasion and "was not truthfully portrayed" in the film. Pluskat's men fired their guns on Omaha Beach until they ran out of ammunition.
For the production of The Longest Day, Pluskat was one of many Axis and Allied military consultants to have actually been on the beach on June 6. In the film, he was portrayed by Hans Christian Blech.
- "Als erster Deutscher sah er die Invasion" (PDF). Heilbronner Stimme (in German). 12 June 2002. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- Tanne, p. 67.
- Tanne, Philippe. Batterie de Crisbecq — The Crisbecq Battery (in French and English). Album Memorial by Editions Aubert'Graphic.
- The Batterie at Longues sur Mer
- Widerstandsnest WN 59
- [Hein Severloh, WN62: A German Soldier’s Memories of the Defence of Omaha Beach,I.M.K. Creativ Verlag, Garbsen, Germany, 2000]
|This biographical article related to the military of Germany is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|