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Blay in 1944 – Calvados – Battle of Normandy

Blay (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 9, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau américain 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi Grenadier-Regiment 916, 352. Infanterie-Division

History:

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:

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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.

 

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26 July 1944: generals Eisenhower and Montgomery in full discussion in a camouflage encampment.

Blay maps:

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

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