The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles
Liberation: June 9, 1944
26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Grenadier-Regiment 916, 352. Infanterie-Division
On June 9, 1944, the village of Blay in Calvados was attacked by the 1st Infantry Division commanded by Major General Clarence R. Huebner. Defended by the Germans of Grenadier-Regiment 916 (352. Infantry-Division), this town was liberated by the Americans of the 26th Infantry Regiment during the day.
General Bernard Montgomery (commander of the allied land forces on D-Day and then the 21st Army Group during the Battle of Normandy) installed his command post east of Blay from 23 June to 3 August 1944. He received General Eisenhower, Commander-in-Chief of Allied Military Forces in Europe, notably on 26 July 1944 (see photo below).
Pictures of Blay in 1944:
July 7, 1944: T/Sergeant Philip Streczyk of the Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division is awarded the British Military Medal by General Montgomery.
26 July 1944: generals Eisenhower and Montgomery in full discussion in a camouflage encampment.