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Battle for Caen (Battle Zone Normandy)
Battle for Caen (Battle Zone Normandy) Simon Trew 0750930101 9780750930109 The city of Caen was perhaps the greatest major obstacle in the path of the Allied advance inland after their landings in Normandy, 6 June 1944. Consequent
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Battle for Caen (Battle Zone Normandy) by Simon Trew

The city of Caen was perhaps the greatest major obstacle in the path of the Allied advance inland after their landings in Normandy, 6 June 1944. Consequently it was a key objective for 3rd British Division, landing on Sword Beach. The Allies were unable to capture the strategically important city on D-Day, however, in the teeth of armoured counter-attacks from 21st Panzer Division. Renewed attempts by 3rd Canadian Division on 7- 8 June were foiled by 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, as were 7th British Armoured Divisions thrusts towards the city on 11-14 June. On 25 June Operation Epsom was launched to take Caen. Preceded by RAF Bomber Command attacks, further British and Canadian assaults on 4 July stalled before the whole of the city could be taken. On 7 July Operation Charnwood forced the Germans to withdraw from northern Caen. A much heavier bombardment opened Operation Goodwood on 18 July, in the course of which the Canadians finally managed to liberate the rest of Caen, by now largely demolished after five weeks of intensive fighting.

Author: Simon Trew

Language: English

Edition: Brdbk

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 192

Publisher: Sutton Publishing

Publication Date: 2005-03-03

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ISBN: 0750930101


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