Crépon in 1944 – Calvados – Battle of Normandy

Crépon (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 6, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau anglais 7th Battalion Green Howards Regiment, 69th Infantry Brigade, 50th Infantry Division

Drapeau anglais 4th/7th Dragoons Guard, 8th Armored Brigade, 50th Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi 7. Kompanie, Grenadier-Regiment 736, 716. Infanterie-Division

Drapeau nazi 4. Kompanie, Ost Battalion 441, 716. Infanterie-Division

Drapeau nazi 2/Artillerie-Regiment 1716, 716. Infanterie-Division

History:

The commune of Crépon in Calvados is located south of Gold Beach, a beach area dedicated to the disembarkation of the British 50th Infantry Division.

This locality is held by elements of the 716. Infantry-Division. The Germans installed the coded support point “Wn 35b” armed by the command post of the second battalion of the 1716th artillery regiment.

After the landing on Gold and the capture of Ver-sur-Mer, the 7th Battalion Green Howards Regiment belonging to the 69th Infantry Brigade of the 50th infantry division approached Crépon by the 112 department in the early afternoon, supported by The tanks of the 4th/7th Dragoons Guard. Company D of the “7th Green Howards” is leading and delivers short but intense fights. It suffers great losses and makes about forty prisoners in the opposing ranks.

Company B, supported by the tanks, relaunches the action and manages to repel the enemy beyond the southern part of Crepon. Although the locality is in the hands of the English, the latter do not slow down and continue along the departmental 65 in the direction of Creully.

 

Crépon maps:

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