Lantheuil in 1944 – Calvados – Battle of Normandy

Lantheuil (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 6, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau canadien de 1944 The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 7th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Drapeau canadien de 1944 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment (1st Hussars), 2nd Armored Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

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

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

Drapeau anglais Royal Engineers 13th Airfield Construction Group, 653rd Road Construction Company

Drapeau nazi II/Grenadier-Regiment 915, 352. Infanterie-Division

History:

In the spring of 1944, the commune of Lantheuil houses the command post of the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier-Regiment 915 (352. Infanterie-Division) commanded by the Oberstleutnant Karl Meyer.

Early in the afternoon of June 6, 1944, the British of the 7th Battalion Green Howards Regiment (69th Infantry Brigade, 50th Infantry Division) supported by the Sherman tanks belonging to the 4th/ 7th Dragoons Guard (8th Armored Brigade) Seize the village of Lantheuil without any particular difficulty (precision shooters slow down the progression intermittently, as mortar shells). They continue their advance towards the national road 13, the objective of the day.

From June 10 to 21, the Royal Engineers 13th Airfield Construction Group, owned by the 653rd Road Construction Company, built an airfield west of the commune of Lantheuil which is called ALG B-9. It serves as the base for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 143 Wing, about sixty Typhoons.

 

Lantheuil maps:

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