Bricquebec in 1944 – Manche – Battle of Normandy

Bricquebec (Manche)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 19, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau américain 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division

Drapeau américain 746th Tank Battalion

Drapeau nazi Grenadier-Regiment 1049, 77. Infanterie-Division

Drapeau nazi Artillerieregiment z.b.V. 621, 91. Infanterie-Division

History:

In spring 1944, the municipality of Bricquebec houses the command post of the Artillerieregiment z.b.V. 621 (91. Infantry Division) led by the Oberstleutnant Hermann Seidel.

On 19 June 1944, after the liberation of Barneville-sur-Mer, which enabled the isolation of nearly 40,000 German soldiers north of Cotentin, the Americans launched a new offensive towards the north and the 39th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division) commanded by Colonel Harry A. Flint who was in charge of seizing Bricquebec. At 5.50 am, the 2nd battalion of the 39th Infantry Regiment under the orders of Major Franck L. Gunn began the progression without any problems. The commune was attacked at seven o’clock and the Americans seized it quickly: the Germans fled further north, abandoning Bricquebec without resistance to their adversary.

Bricquebec maps:

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