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Basly in 1944 – Calvados – Battle of Normandy

Basly (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 6, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau canadien de 1944 Régiment de la Chaudière, 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Drapeau canadien de 1944 10th Armoured Regiment (Fort Garry Horse), 2nd Armored Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Drapeau canadien de 1944 27th Armoured Regiment (The Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment), 2nd Armored Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi II/Grenadier-Regiment 736, 716. Infanterie-Division


The La Chaudière regiment, made up of French-speaking Canadians, approaches the town of Basly (codenamed “Egypt” by the Allies) in the late afternoon of D-Day after having fought many fights all day, especially in Bény -on sea. Supported by the tanks of Squadron A of the Fort Garry Horse and by the field artillery of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, the infantry of Company D at the command of Major Gustave Taschereau seized the locality which was held By elements of the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier-Regiment 736 (716. Infantry Division).

In the evening, the men of La Chaudière settled in defensive for the night. They are reinforced by the tanks of the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment.

Basly maps:

Image : carte du secteur de Basly - Bataille de Normandie en 1944

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