A World War II historic guide to discover the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy

Travel Normandy guide Fran├žois Gauthron offers tours of the Normandy landing beaches, World War II battlefield. Come and discover the most famous part of Normandy where took place the Landing and the battle of Normandy in June 1944 to liberate France and Europe. You will be escorted by a qualified bilingual guide who will show you round the major sites of the beaches. Visit the highlights of World War II sites in Normandy with an expert license guide, first the most important sites of the landing beaches.

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Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse

Canadian Memorial

Early on June 7th the 7th Canadian Brigade reached RN 13, Regina Rifles stepped in Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse and Norrey-en-Bessin without fighting. Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regiment were west of Putot-en-Bessin. On the 8th, 12th SS Panzer-Division was driven out Norrey. In Putot the Winnipeg were overwhelmed. Canadian Scottish Regiment counters attack Putot and secures it. In the evening the kampfgruppe Meyer-Wunsche attacked Bretteville; Canadian anti-tanks destroy several panzers.

At Bretteville main road (N13) 2 Panthers engage fighting just before the church, Joe Lapointe fired with his Piat 2 rockets, the head tank reversed and hit a pile of anti-tank mines stored along the road. The tank was rendered useless but the occupants, still alive tried to escape and then were killed by Sergeant Allen Kennedy signal platoon who passed away in 1996/97. The second tank totally panicked and fired all around, until it fired a direct hit in the front tank turret.

On 11 June, the Winnipegs counter-attacked with support of The First Hussars tanks, but don't break the German defences. Then the front line was stabilized for two weeks. Take few minutes to enter the church, on the nave left side there is a magnificent plaque dedicated to the 6th Canadian Armored Division, 1st Hussards, Regina...